Alice Elizabeth Ruyter was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1928, the daughter of Sarah Irene (née Alker), a secretary, and Arthur Ruyter, an auto mechanic. She graduated from Pembroke College (the women's college of Brown University) in 1950.
Alice Ruyter married Paul Drummond in 1951. They resided in Manhattan, New York City, New York. They separated in 1975 and divorced in 1976.
Drummond played Nurse Jackson on the TV series Dark Shadows in 1967 and was a regular on the CBS soap opera, Where the Heart Is, on which she originated the role of Loretta Jardin, which she played until the series ended in 1973. She also appeared in a short-term role on another CBS soap opera, As the World Turns. She appeared in guest roles on television series including Kate & Allie, Law & Order, Boston Legal and Yes, Dear.
She died on November 30, 2016 from complications of a fall at her home in The Bronx, New York City, at age 88.