Barbara Rutledge Johns: Everything About Sam Waterston’s ex-wife

Barbara Rutledge Johns

Barbara Rutledge Johns is the ex-wife of Sam Waterston. Barbara Rutledge Johns’ husband Waterston is an American actor, producer, and director. Waterston is known for his work in theater, television, and film. 

Barbara Rutledge’s husband has received various award nominations including an Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Tony Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Having starred in over 80 film and television productions during his 50-year career, he is also known for numerous stage productions on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

Barbara Rutledge Johns is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Powell Johns. Her age, and place of birth are all unknow. She is a graduate of the Wyoming Seminary and Bennett College, class of ‘60. She is a fashion reporter in the women’s feature department of The New York Herald Tribune. Barbara Rutledge Johns made her debut at a tea at her parents’ home in 1958.

How did Barbara Rutledge Johns and her ex-husband meet?

Barbara Rutledge is the first woman the famous actor got married to. How did the two former love birds meet and started their relationship? The couple has not given any account of the circumstances that lead to their path crossing and hence their marriage. However, it is known that, they got married was on 28th Dec 1964. The couple got married in a beautiful ceremony in the presence of their frineds, family and loved ones. In the Branford College Chapel of Yale University the couple tied their knot.

The Rev. Dr. Harold C. Buckingham, a Methodist minister, performed the ceremony. There was a reception at the home of the bride’s parents in Westport. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an empire gown of white wool lined in satin and a shoulder‐length veil of fishnet. She carried a spray of spider chrysanthemums and podocarpus leaves. Mrs. Brandon Stoddard attended her sister. Thomas Ligon was best man.

After being married for about 10 years, Waterston and his first wife, Barbara Rutledge-Johns, divorced on 16th Sep 1975. The reason behind their divorce was also not made public. They have one son, James, who followed the foootsteps of the father ans also became an actor.

Not much is known about Sam Waterston’s ex-wife, Barbara Rutledge Johns. Sam was not very famous while the two were still married. Sam was still an actor in “The Knack” at the New Theater in New York, was graduated from the Groton School and Yale University.Waterston remarried, his second wife is former model Lynn Louisa Woodruff, in 1976. They have three children, daughters Katherine Waterston and Elisabeth Waterston who are also actresses, and a son, Graham.

Barbara Rutledge Johns’ Ex-husband

Waterston is a board member of Oceana. In 2012, Waterston received the Goodermote Humanitarian Award from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for his longtime support of refugees around the world. Waterston is a practicing Episcopalian.

Barbara Rutledge Johns’s ex-husband was a spokesman for the Unity08 movement, which unsuccessfully sought to run a non- or bipartisan presidential ticket in the 2008 presidential election. Waterston has stated that he was a Democrat until he left the party in disgust following the airing of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Daisy” election advertisement in 1964. However he endorsed Democratic President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012, and is currently a registered Democrat.

Waterston is a longtime friend and fan of the Mark Morris Dance Group and hosted the television presentation of Mozart Dances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center on August 16, 2007.

Waterston has a summer home in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. On October 18, 2019, Waterston was arrested with Grace and Frankie co-star Jane Fonda for protesting the Trump administration’s policies concerning climate change outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

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