Partner Cheryl Crawford

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400 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

Ruth Norman (1903 – December 26, 1977) was a cooking authority.

Norman was the co-author with George Bradshaw of a book, "Cook Until Done," and had been affiliated for 10 years with the James Beard Cooking School at 119 West 10th Street. She had owned and managed Bon Appetit, a restaurant, in Westport, Conn., where she had lived for many years.

Norman was the partner of play producer Cheryl Crawford. While Crawford was “taciturn” about her personal life, she wore her lesbian identity “undisguised in her tailored clothes, her hair style, her masculine tone of voice, and her circle of women friends.” Norman was one of the first people to demonstrate cooking on TV, and had a cooking school on CBS. She later partnered with Beard to form his cooking school.

She died on December 26, 1977, of a heart ailment at Suffolk County Hospital in Riverhead, LI. She was 74 years old and lived at 400 East 52nd Street, Manhattan and in Bridgehampton.

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  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1977/12/28/archives/ruth-norman.html
  2. https://www.advocate.com/women/2017/3/30/women-who-paved-way-broadway-producer-cheryl-crawford