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Does Ruth Die in Russian Doll Season 2?

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Of all the relationships in the life of Nadia Vulvokov (Natasha Lyonne), the one with Ruth Brenner (Elizabeth Ashley) is the least uncomplicated. Ruth, or Ruthie, as Nadia lovingly calls her, has been the prevalent mother figure in her life even when her biological mother was still alive. She eventually becomes Nadia’s adoptive mother. In season 2, her health progressively gets worse, making Nadia worry that she will lose the person that has been the most consistent part of her life since the beginning. If you are wondering whether Ruth dies in the second season of ‘Russian Doll,’ here is what you need to know. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Does Ruth Die?

Yes, Ruth dies in season 2 of ‘Russian Doll.’ The first episode of the season foreshadows it, and the plot develops from there. Nadia arrives to check on Ruth, who has just been in a fender bender. We are told the last few years have been a struggle for both Ruth and Nadia, who has become the primary caretaker for the older woman. Ruth is the only person who witnessed Nadia’s childhood in its entirety. Nadia believes that if she loses Ruth, she will lose a part of herself.

As we have learned in the first season, Nadia’s life with Nora was tumultuous. Nora had mental health issues that the show never really specifies. She took drugs and was prone to outbursts. Eventually, social services came and took Nadia away. Soon after, Nora committed suicide. She was 35 years old at the time.

In the first season, Nadia reflects on her mother’s death, telling Ruth that she told the social worker she wanted to stay with her (Ruth). Her adoptive mother corrects her by reminding her that she said that she wanted to stay with her mother, just like Nora had taught her to. But then, no one wanted to let her live in that environment. Nadia replies that it doesn’t matter what she said, she wanted to live with Ruth.

That guilt has haunted Nora throughout her life. It’s one of the things she got from Nora, along with a number of psychological issues. In contrast, her relationship with Ruth has always been a source of positivity in her life. But with the chance to rewrite her past, she inevitably overlooks her present. When she finally realizes her folly, it’s almost too late. She flees with her infant self to the present, causing time to collapse.

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Nadia thinks that she has all the time in the world until she discovers that a month has passed since her 40th birthday. Ruth has passed away due to pulmonary embolism, and Nadia wasn’t there for her. As she tries to mend things by returning her infant self to her mother, she sees Young Ruth (Annie Murphy) and enquires, “… you had no obligation, but you loved me anyway, right?”

The thing is that Ruth did love Nadia. She lost her husband when she was quite young and didn’t have any children of her own. She didn’t regret this decision, as Nadia was as important to her as she was to the younger woman. After Nadia reconciles with her past, she returns to 2022 and attends Ruth’s wake.

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What is Angelyne’s Net Worth?

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Ronia Tamar Goldberg, also known as Angelyne, is an actress, singer, and model who was born on October 2, 1950, in Chmielnik, Poland. Her parents were Holocaust survivors who survived the most horrific form of human rights violations while in Skarżysko-Kamienna German Nazi concentration camps. After the liberation by allied forces, they lived in Poland […]

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Is Angelyne’s Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist? Where is He Now?

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‘Angelyne‘ is an addictive biographical drama TV series on Peacock. Created by Nancy Oliver, it delves into the intriguing life of Angelyne, a model and media influencer, who became a pop culture icon in Los Angeles during the 80s. Apart from her rise to stardom, the show also captures the perspectives of those who know her up close and how they impact her journey.

One such person is Jeff Glasner, an entertainment journalist, who sets out to find out the secrets Angelyne fiercely protects and drastically changes her life. The realistic portrayal of the character makes the audience wonder whether Jeff is based on a real person. Let’s unravel this mystery together, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.

Is Jeff Glasner a Real Journalist?

In ‘Angelyne,’ Jeff Glasner is a journalist from The Hollywood Reporter who writes an explosive article about the sensational celebrity’s childhood and family. For his research, he spends time with her and records interviews, but when she refuses to divulge anything substantial about her life and beginnings, he decides to conduct his own investigation. In reality, Jeff’s character is based on journalist Gary Baum, who works for The Hollywood Reporter.

In 2017, Gary wrote and published an elaborate article that details Angelyne’s humble beginnings, before she became famous as the “Billboard Queen” of Los Angeles. Earlier, he wrote a profile article for her in 2015, but as per him, she dodged any questions about her parents or other topics like religion and her upbringing. In his 2017 article, Gary shared that in the fall of 2016, he was approached by a man who went by the pseudonym, Ed Thompson. He was a federal government employee who undertook paid assignments as a hobby genealogist on the side.

For his personal interest, Ed decided to find out about Angelyne a few years earlier and then contacted Gary, who was researching her. He provided the material he had collected over the years from public databases, including her yearbook pictures, as well as the immigration, marriage, and death records of her parents. All this information helped prove that Angelyne’s original name was Renee Tami Goldberg (earlier known as Ronia Tamar Goldberg). She was born in October 1950 in Poland, to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.

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Ed’s findings also revealed Angelyne’s tumultuous childhood as well as her brief marriage to Michael Strauss during her high school days. After her divorce in 1969, her original name resurfaced in 2016, when she discreetly petitioned to change it to Angelyne legally. However, in the legal document, she mentioned being a resident of Louiseville, Kentucky, and claimed to have been born in 1962. Since all this data was different than what Ed had shared, Gary tried contacting Angelyne’s friend and assistant Scott Hennig for clarity.

To Gary’s disappointment, both Scott and Angelyne reportedly rubbished the data provided by Ed and discouraged him from pursuing the matter any further. Luckily, when he continued looking for clues, he found an advertisement for a trophy engraving company that matched the residential address which Ed had found earlier. Moreover, Gary managed to track down Angelyne’s former husband Michael Strauss, who then confirmed all of the journalist’s findings and provided a fitting conclusion to his research.

After so many months of hard work, Gary’s article got published in August 2017 and received a massive response from Angelyne’s fans as well as the other public, who till then, were highly curious about her life. His written piece is one of the most accurate feature articles on the media icon’s illustrious life and has provided the base for the show’s narrative.

Where is Gary Baum Now?

Presently, Gary Baum works as a senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, where he has been working for more than ten glorious years. Priorly, he worked with Angeleno Magazine for almost seven years, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Gary has written articles on several other relevant topics, such as the clearing of tents for unhoused residents in Los Angeles for film shoots, Jewish studio heads in Hollywood history, and investigative pieces on prominent public and administrative figures. Though he is highly active on the professional front, he seems to be rather private on social media about his life. As far as we can tell, he currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.

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