Ruth Ellis (9 October 1926 – 13 July 1955) was the last woman to be executed in the United Kingdom, after being convicted of the murder of her lover, David Blakely. On Easter Sunday 1955, Ellis shot Blakely dead outside a public house in Hampstead, and immediately gave herself up to the police. The picture of the attractive blonde murderess remains one of the iconic images of 1950's London.
Albert Pierrepoint ran the "Help the poor struggler" pub in Oldham. He was Britain's last executioner and was responsible for the deaths of over 450 people including over 200 Nazi war criminals and a number of notorious killers including John Christie and John George Haigh. He also executed Derek Bentley and Ruth Ellis.
Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100 Born July 23, 1899, in Springfield, Illinois, Ruth Ellis was the oldest "out" African American lesbian known. The film offers a rare opportunity to experience a century of our American history as lived by one inspiring woman. By example, Ruth Ellis shows us what is possible and what can be realized, if one not only lives long and ages well but also lives with pride. Ruth Ellis died at home peacefully in her sleep on October 5, 2000. She was 101.