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Birth name Mary Janice RuleNationality USABirth 15 august 1931
at Norwood (USA
)Death 17 october 2003
(at 72 years) at New York City (USA
Mary Janice Rule (August 15, 1931 – October 17, 2003) was an American actress "at her most convincing playing embittered, neurotic socialites".
Rule had a brief engagement to Farley Granger in 1956. They had appeared in the Broadway play The Carefree Tree in 1955. Next followed a relationship with Ralph Meeker; Meeker had played Hal in Picnic. Rule married and divorced on three occasions, her former husbands being N. Richard Nash, Robert Thom, and Ben Gazzara.
During the 1960s she became interested in psychoanalysis. She began her formal studies in 1973, specializing in treating her fellow actors, and received her Ph.D ten years later from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Los Angeles. She practiced in New York and Los Angeles and continued to act occasionally until her death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003.
She was survived by her daughters, Kate Thom Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gazzara, both of Brooklyn; her sisters, Kathleen Rule, of Oceano, California; Ann Nader, of San Marcos, California; and Emily Forbes, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and her brother, Ralph, of Mallorca, Spain.