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Beverly Hills Dynamo Ruthie Grahm Dies At 95

Ruthie Grahm

Posted Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:18 pm

By John L. Seitz

 Funeral services are being held at 12:30 p.m. today (Friday, Aug. 2) at Mt. Sinai Memorial in the Hollywood Hills, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr., for popular Beverly Hills songwriter, actress and author Ruthie Herscher Grahm who died Wednesday (July 30) at age 95.

Born in Philadelphia on April 4, 1924, she and her family moved to California shortly thereafter where young Ruthie embarked on a movie career, appearing in a number of films including Up In Arms which served as the debut of Beverly Hills’ own Danny Kaye.

She attended UCLA and New York University. While in Manhattan, she became a secretary for legendary sports journalist and broadcaster Red Barber and then an assistant in the New Ideas Department of CBS.

Joining ASCAP in 1952, Ruthie collaborated with her father, Lou Herscher, in composing a number of songs including Orange Blossoms and Fifty Games Of Solitaire. She and her late husband, Alan Grahm, spent most of her adult years raising her family which included sons Randall and Robert and daughter Isabelle, who survive her along with grandchildren: Amelie, Jordan, Jonathan, Madison and Samantha. Ruthie was a longtime member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the Screen Actors Guild.

She spent time as a wine salesperson, representing her son Randall’s Bonny Doon Winery.

Following today’s services, there will be a reception in her honor at 623 N. Roxbury Dr. from 3 to 6 p.m.

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