Ruth Herman, Mother of Oscar Veteran Danette Herman, Dies at 96

Courtesy of Danette Herman
Ruth Herman

She was a regular at rehearsals of awards shows that her daughter worked on.

Ruth Herman, the mother of veteran Oscar and Emmy talent booker and producer Danette Herman, died Nov. 4 in the Los Angeles apartment that she had lived in for 50 years. She was 96.

Born in Philadelphia on Sept. 9, 1921, Ruth Herman came to L.A. in 1941 with her late husband, Karl. She had a long career as an escrow officer at Security Pacific Bank, and he worked in several restaurants, including one in Culver City opposite the old MGM studios.

Her daughter said that her passions included the movies, theater, television, art, books, the ocean, travel and Jeopardy!

"When I was a baby, there was always music in the apartment, and she used to dance with me," Danette said in a 2014 interview with the Archive of American Television. "She used to hold me in her arms and dance."

Danette, a specialist in live and taped TV specials and events, worked on her first Oscar show in 1970 and her first Primetime Emmy telecast in 1994. She also has served as a key behind-the scenes player for the Kennedy Center Honors, the Tony Awards, the American Music Awards, the Summer Olympics and the AFI Life Achievement Award telecasts.

Ruth "loved attending Oscar and Emmy rehearsals and watched every show" that Danette worked on, her daughter said. Danette was with her when she died.

Donations in her name that will go to benefit children in Los Angeles can be made here.