Barbara Rush Dead at 97

( – Veteran actress and Golden Globe-winner Barbara Rush has passed away at 97 years old.

Rush’s daughter, Claudia Cowan, who works for Fox News as a senior correspondent, confirmed the news of her mother’s passing. Rush was at a senior care center in Westlake Village in California at the time of her death. Cowan called her mother one of the last members of “Hollywood royalty” and a “sweet and beautiful” mother. Cowan also said that Rush had been suffering from dementia for quite a while before her death, and attributed her decision to pass away on Easter Sunday significant as it was among her mother’s favorite holidays.

“Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family,” Cowan said.

Rush was married three times, and is survived by Christoper Hunter, her son from her first marriage, and Cowan, from her second marriage to Warren Cowan. Her third husband was Jim Gruzalski, whom she was married to from 1970 to 1973.

One of Rush’s most memorable roles was her role in the 1953 feature film “It Came from Outer Space”, which garnered her the Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer. She also starred in “The Young Lions,” a 1958 war film that also featured Marlon Brando and Dean Martin. She also worked alongside Paul Newman in “The Young Philadelphians” a legal drama that came out the in 1959. Rush also reunited with Martin, who along with fellow Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., and joined by Bing Crosby, starred in “Robin and the 7 Hoods,” a 1964 film. That same year, Rush also began a career in television, joining the cast of 1960’s nighttime soap “Peyton Place” where she played the role of Marsha Russell. She held the role in the show’s 4th and 5th seasons.

She became a staple in the TV industry for decades, appearing in various other shows such as “Knight Rider,” “Maude,” Magnum P.I.,” and “The Love Boat.”

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