I always wondered if Cal/her mom knew that she was alive. She was an actress, after all. Maybe she refused contact, but they must have at least known of her existence.
If Rose had been a stage actress, she could have gone unnoticed by her mother and Cal. She could have flown under the radar as a movie actress, too, since a lot of actors/actresses back then were not known by name. Ruth and Cal didn't seem like the movie-going types, anyway; they both seemed a little too 19th century to be interested in movies, at least in my opinion.
I know how it was for women in 1912, but Ruth could have gotten a job, couldn't she? I don't think she cared so much about being secure, she wanted to be RICH, first class, all or nothing.
As big a bitch as Ruth was, I *kind of* understood where she was coming from. Ruth was a middle-aged woman living in 1912 and didn't have any useful work skills that we know of; she would have been LUCKY to become a seamstress. This was a time when there wasn't much of a middle ground between rich and poor- and if you were poor, you had nothing
- so if I were Ruth I would want to stay rich, too.
Of course, that doesn't excuse her from pressuring her daughter to marry an asshole she didn't love, but that's another post for another day.
Edited by Rdnzl, Apr 17, 2012 @ 6:05 PM.