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Golden Globe-Winning Actress Barbara Rush Dies at 97

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Barbara Rush, a Golden Globe-winning actress, passed away at 97. Rush’s daughter, Claudia Cowan, confirmed her mother’s death to USA TODAY on Monday.

Cowan stated that her mother died on Sunday at a senior care center in Westlake Village, California. Barbara Rush was known for her roles in films like “It Came from Outer Space” and “Peyton Place.”

“She’s battled dementia for a long time, and I know she’s at peace in a better place,” she said, adding, “She was … among the last of Old Hollywood royalty. Luckily, we have our memories and her movies to keep her alive in our hearts.”

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Cowan also told Fox News Digital that her death on Easter Sunday was significant. “I was with her this morning and knew she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition,”

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Cowan told the outlet. “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.”

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Barbara Rush, born in Denver, starred in the 1953 film “It Came from Outer Space.” Her performance earned her a Golden Globe for Most Promising Female Newcomer.

Rush also starred alongside Dean Martin and Marlon Brando in the 1958 war film “The Young Lions” and appeared with Paul Newman in the 1959 legal drama “The Young Philadelphians.”

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Barbara Rush joined Rat Pack members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Bing Crosby in the 1964 film “Robin and the 7 Hoods.”

In the same year, she started starring in the 1960s nighttime soap opera “Peyton Place” as Marsha Russell. Rush played the role of Marsha Russell in Seasons 4 and 5 of “Peyton Place.”

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Barbara Rush portrayed Ruth Camden in “7th Heaven.” Her final acting credit was in the 2017 comedy short “Bleeding Hearts.”

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On stage, Rush starred in several productions, including the one-woman show “A Woman of Independent Means,” as well as “Private Lives” and “Steel Magnolias.”

Barbara Rush is survived by two children: Christopher Hunter, from her first marriage to Jeffrey Hunter, and Claudia Cowan, from her second marriage to Warren Cowan. Rush married Jim Gruzalski for the third time from 1970 to 1973.

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