This is a 1957 Lydia Lane article. Enjoy!
RUTH HUSSEY came for a visit to my home after a long rehearsal for NBC’s “Lux Video Theater.” I expected to see her come dragging in, for the tensions on a live TV show are enormous, but Ruth looked fresh with no signs of fatigue. “How can you work so hard and so long and look so rested?” I asked, when we’d settled comfortably on the patio. “It’s a matter of not racing your motor,” Ruth replied, nibbling a cheese-stick. “I’ve made a point of relaxing any time, any place and anywhere. . r HAVE worked out a stem. It I required discipline at first, but now I am doing what comes naturally. If you train yourself you can always find some time during the day to let down. If I am waiting for someone or something, I don’t fume and fuss wasting my energy by pacing up and-down and consulting the clock every few minutes.. I make use of this break to sit still and relax. This means a quiet mind and a quiet body. It’s not what we do that wears us out as much as how we do it. “It is also important to have relaxed sleep at night. It is not how many hours you’ve spent in bed but the quality of your sleep that puts the spring in your step. I never go to bed all keyed up. If I’ve been to a premiere or a gala party, I don’t go right to bed when I get home. I unwind first. I sit in a comfortable chair, breathe deeply, stretch out my legs and arms and rotate my shoulders and my head to release tension. The first thing I know I am yawning, and then when I go to bed I fall into a sound sleep.”
“How does your husband feel about this?” I asked. Ruth laughed. “He’s used to it.”. Ruth got the right man the first time and has made a great success of combining marriage and a career. I asked her how she accomplished this. “It’s not easy for a woman to be a good wife and mother and still have an acting career. All three jobs require the same amount of interest and concentration. If the husband and children understand the situation, as mine do, it makes for easy sailing. 11 any differences of opinions occur, we talk them out, with an understanding of the other’s point of view. 11 you keep something to yourself, it builds up and a trifle in the subconscious can cause big troubles?’ I MET Ruth when she first came to 1 Hollywood and was under contract to MGM. The screen has a tendency to make everyone look 10 pounds heavier and Ruth was no exception. The last time I talked to her she was having a hard time reducing. “Do you have any more trouble with your weight?” I asked. “No problems, now,” she said with a grin. “I still enjoy eating, but I have a few rules and I stick with them. I eat smaller portions, no second helpings are ever allowed. I concentrate on foods that are good for me, eliminating too many fat, starches and sweets. It was not easy to reeducate my eating habits, especially with such a well-developed sweet tooth, but I counted calories every day. Sometimes when I found that I was miserable without a hot-fudge sundae, I had one for lunch but nothing else. And I made adjustments at dinner to keep within my calorie limit.
“When you’re reducing it’s a good idea to keep busy. I found, with my mind on something else, food became secondary. When you are at home its so easy to raid the icebox, and snacks add up. It’s best not to eat between meals unless you’re trying to shrink your stomach, and then you have to eat often but only a little at a time. “I have a bathroom scale and I weigh the first thing every morning. I allow a normal fluctuation of two pounds, but if I go over that I cut down immediately, eliminating butter, starches and desserts. “And faithfully twice a year,” Ruth explained, “I go on my cleaning-out diet. I used to do this much more often when I was trying to reduce, but now I do it because I feel so much better afterward. I think our systems need a general cleaning every once in a while.” I N PARTING I told Ruth it was rare to meet someone who was as happy as she. “I am really very happy,” she responded, “but my creed is very simple. I try not to make the same mistake twice, to be grateful for what I have and not to worry. After all, you spoil today by worrying about tomorrow.”