Actress Ruth Storey, who appeared in “Bells Are Ringing” and “In Cold Blood” and was married to actor Richard Conte, died Aug. 23 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She was 84.Born and raised in New York, Storey inherited her performing interests from her mother, Anna Stromberg, a Jewish folk singer who appeared in George Jessel’s stage version of “The Jazz Singer.” Storey pursued a stage career under the name of Ruth Strome, appearing on Broadway in “Stage Door,” “The Fabulous Invalid” and “The American Way.” Following her 1943 marriage to Conte, she relocated to Los Angeles and starred in “A View From the Bridge” at the Hollywood Players’ Ring Theater. Her film credits, in which she appeared solo and with her husband, include “The Blue Gardenia” (1953), “I’ll Cry Tomorrow” (1955) and a TV production of the Clifford Odets’ play “Awake and Sing” (1972). Her television work includes appearances on “General Electric Theatre,” “Have Gun Will Travel” and “Climax.” Storey and Conte were divorced in 1962. She immersed herself in community work by co-founding a clinic, the Center for Human Problems, and by joining the rebuilding project after the 1965 Watts riots. She is survived by her son, Mark Conte.
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