Golden Globe Winner Barbara Rush Dies Aged 97

( – Barbara Rush, the acclaimed actor who starred in the sci-fi horror flick “It Came From Outer Space,” has died at the age of 97.

Rush’s daughter, Claudia Cowan confirmed her mother’s death to The Times on April 1st. Rush died on the afternoon of March 31st in a senior care center in Westlake Village after battling dementia.

Cowan shared the news via social media on the morning of April 1st, noting her mother’s departure on Easter, a day synonymous with transitions and joy. She expressed that Rush’s memory would live on through cherished movie reruns, describing her as an elegant and classic actress and the best mom ever.

Rush gained prominence in the 1950s with roles in movies like “The Goldbergs” and “Quebec,” before venturing into sci-fi with films such as “When Worlds Collide” and “It Came From Outer Space.”

In that alien flick from ’53, Rush played Ellen Fields, fiancée to an amateur astronomer. Her acting chops snagged her the coveted female newcomer prize at the ’54 Golden Globe Awards. The win paved the way for gigs like the Paul Newman legal drama “The Young Philadelphians.”

Rush’s extensive filmography also includes notable roles in “The Young Lions,” “The Bramble Bush,” and “Strangers When We Meet,” alongside classic Hollywood figures like Kirk Douglas and Kim Novak.

In the 1960s, Rush transitioned to television, finding success with the ABC soap drama “Peyton Place,” where she played Marsha Russell. She continued to grace both the big and small screens in various series, including “Flamingo Road” and “All My Children.”

Beyond her screen work, Rush pursued a stage career, appearing in productions such as “Steel Magnolias” and her solo show, “A Woman of Independent Means.”

Rush was born on January 4, 1927, in Denver, but she spent her growing up years in SoCal. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in ’48, she took on life’s adventures. She walked down the aisle and split three times, leaving behind her son Christopher Hunter, daughter Claudia Cowan, and four grandkids.

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