'All My Children,' '7th Heaven' Actress Barbara Rush dies at 97

By Jen Krausz on
 April 2, 2024

Golden Globe-winning Actress Barbara Rush, who spent more than six decades acting in movies and television, died Easter Sunday at age 97.

Rush's breakout role came in 1953 with It Came From Outer Space. She also worked with Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Richard Burton in movies in the 1950s.

By the 1960s she had transitioned to mostly television roles, including long stints on soaps Peyton Place and All My Children.

She also appeared on the 60s television shows Ben CaseyDr. KildareThe Fugitive, Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloudMaudeIronside and Mannix.

In the 1980s, she appeared on a number of hit television shows such as The Love BoatKnight Rider, Matt HoustonFantasy IslandMagnum P.I. and Murder, She Wrote. One of her later roles was as the Camden grandmother on 7th Heaven.

Rush's daughter confirmed Sunday that she had died. She said, "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."