The American actress Barbara Rush, elegant interpreter of cinematographic melodramas and then a popular face of many TV series such as "Peyton Place", "Flaming Road" and "The Valley of the Pines", died on Sunday 31 March at the age of 97. The announcement of her passing was made by her daughter Claudia Cowan, a senior correspondent for Fox News. "My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and I know she was waiting for me to get home safely for the ride," Cowan said. “It is fitting that she chose to leave on Easter because it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper meaning for me and my family.”

Starlet of Paramount, Universal and Fox, whose career blossomed in the 1950s Barbara Rush, with her pin-up physique, won the Golden Globe for best debut actress in 1954 for the science fiction film "Destination. .. Earth!" (1953): She played the girlfriend of an astronomer (Richard Carlson) and his seductive alien double. In the same year she took part in the film "Magnificent Obsession" by Douglas Sirk alongside Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson: Rush plays the adorable sister of Oscar nominee Jane Wyman, whose character is left blind in an accident caused by a reckless playboy ( Rock Hudson). Rush also starred alongside Frank Sinatra in "All the Women" (1963) and "The Chicago Four" (1964). Filming of the latter film was interrupted twice, once following the assassination of President Kennedy and the other following the kidnapping of Sinatra's son. Barbara Rush played James Mason's troubled wife, whose life is destroyed when he becomes addicted to cortisone in Nicholas Ray's "Behind the Looking Glass" (1956) and won praise in the role of a disillusioned socialite alienated from aspiring lawyer Paul Newman in "Philadelphia" (1959).

At the same time as her film career, Barbara Rush had an intense television career since 1954. She appeared in episodes of the TV series "Checkmate", "The Eleventh Hour", "Ben Casey", "Doctor Kildare", "The Fugitive", "Convoy", "Laredo".

Between 1968 and 1969 in "Peyton Place" Rush played Marsha Russell, who falls in love with Ed Nelson's character at the end of the TV series. A quarter century later, she starred in the soap "Flamingo Road" (1980-82), playing wealthy Eudora Weldon, whose adopted daughter (Morgan Fairchild) was a brat. Rush also played the villain Nora Clavicle, an evil-minded women's rights activist, in the third season of "Batman" (1968). The soap "The Valley of the Pines" (1992-1993) was one of the most notable commitments of her career.

At the cinema Rush also starred in "Women Are Always Right" (1957), a rare comedy for her, in which she played the wife of a psychiatrist (David Niven); in "The Nightmare" (1957), with Joanne Woodward and Jeffrey Hunter; in "The Tiger" (1958), alongside Stewart Granger; and in "Hombre" (1967), again with Newman. 

From 1950 to 1955 Barbara Rush was married to actor Jeffrey Hunter with whom she had a son, Christopher. After her separation from Hunter, Rush was married to Warren Cowan, a public relations worker, from 1959 to 1968 (the wedding ceremony took place in the Beverly Hills home of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh), with whom she had her daughter Claudia. She was finally married to the sculptor James Gruzalski from 1970 to 1973.