April 1, 2024

‘Peyton Place’ Star Barbara Rush Dead at 97

An iconic TV and movie star left us on Easter Sunday.

Barbara Rush, sadly, passed away this weekend.

Her death was confirmed by her daughter.

Legendary Actress

Rush’s daughter, Claudia Cowan, told Fox News, “My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening.

“I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition.

“It’s fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family.”

Rush hit the ground running when she started her career in 1950, landing a role in “The Goldbergs.”

In her youth, she was an absolutely talented and stunning woman, so it was not long before a major studio locked her into a contract.

She then appeared in several movies, with her really big break coming in “It Came from Outer Space,” where she played Ellen Fields.

As the decade turned, it seemed like Rush’s focus was concentrated on TV shows, appearing in dozens of shows until she landed a recurring role in “Peyton Place,” which, at the time, was one of the biggest shows on TV.

The next decade or so was a mix of TV and movies, but she then landed another recurring role on “Flamingo Road” in 1980, appearing in more than three dozen episodes.

In the 1990s, she transitioned over to daytime TV, landing the role of Nola Orsini on “All My Children,” a role she continued through 1994, appearing in 38 episodes of the daytime soap.

Her final big role was playing Ruth Camden on “7th Heaven,” appearing in 10 episodes over a decade.

The final credit on her resume was a short called “Bleeding Hearts: The Arteries of Glenda Bryant” in 2017.

Rush is survived by her daughter, Claudio Cowan, and her son, Christopher Hunter.

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