Ruth Warrick
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Ruth Warrick
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Original cast member; January 5, 1970 to January 5, 2005
At A Glance

When movies are discussed -- whether at film festivals or late at night in front of the television set -- one film is consistently acclaimed as an important cinematic achievement. The movie is "Citizen Kane," and the young, New York theater-trained actress who played Orson Welles' wife was Ruth Warrick.

This landmark film had its 50th anniversary in 1991, and to celebrate it, Ms. Warrick was honored with a caricature on the wall of the famed New York restaurant, Sardi's. "Citizen Kane" was Ms. Warrick's entry into Hollywood. Some 20 other movies (including "The Great Bank Robbery"); a long run and an Emmy nomination as Hannah Cord in "Peyton Place"; five years on "As the World Turns"; a starring role in the television series, "Father of the Bride"; guest starring roles on television and a long list of plays have followed. Ruth Warrick is a lady who likes to stay busy.

Ms. Warrick is no stranger to Broadway. She appeared with Jackie Gleason in the musical, "Take Me Along," and in a featured role in "Pal Joey." She also played on Broadway and on tour in the hit play, "Irene." In regional theater she starred in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." She also toured as Anna in "The King and I." Her popular and fascinating autobiography, "The Confessions of Phoebe Tyler," discusses the character of Phoebe, whom she has portrayed since the show's inception in 1970, as well as Ms. Warrick's life as an actress in New York and Hollywood. The book, which she wrote with Don Preston, was published in 1980 by Prentice-Hall.

Ms. Warrick has guest starred on "The Love Boat" and in the "ABC Afterschool Specials." She also played the familiar role of Hannah Cord in the 1985 made-for-television movie, "Return to Peyton Place." More recently, on stage, she starred in a production of "Butterflies Are Free" at Montclair (N.J.) State College and in James Kirkwood's "Legends" at Tiffany's Attic Dinner Playhouse in Kansas City, Missouri.

Long active in arts-in-education programs, including programs for the disadvantaged in the Watts area of Los Angeles, Ruth received the first national Arts in Education Award in 1983 from the Board of Directors of Business and Industry for Arts in Education, Inc. She was cited for leadership in helping to make the arts more central to the schooling process. The award was then named the Ruth Warrick Award for Arts in Education and is now given annually.

In Watts, Ms. Warrick was a co-founder of Operation Bootstrap, where she taught communication skills. In New York City, she taught at Julia Richman High School as part of President Carter's "City in Schools" program. She has been a Dropout Prevention consultant for the Department of Labor under President John F. Kennedy and for the Job Training Corps under President Johnson.

Recently, Ms. Warrick was appointed to the U.N. World Women's Committee on Mental Health. Ruth explains, "The thrust of this organization is to bring together the two most needy areas of our society, the neglected young and the neglected old, in a bonding relationship that is extremely beneficial to both."

On her birthday in 1990, she made the announcement that maestro Ulf Bjorlin, for whom she had narrated his composition, "Portrait of Wallenberg," would write a symphonic work on the theme of Heloise and Abelard. On her next birthday, he played the piano version of the work as his gift to her. The work, based on the metaphysical play, "The Secret Bread," was presented in May, 1992, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with an orchestra, actors, two choruses and a ballet.In 1991, Ms. Warrick received her certification as a licensed metaphysical teacher from Unity School of Practical Christianity in Lees Summit, Missouri.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Ms, Warrick moved to Kansas City while she was in high school and later attended the University of Kansas City. A promotional tour brought her to New York; her interest in acting brought her to the Mercury Theater, headed by Orson Welles, with whom she ultimately headed for Hollywood.

Ms. Warrick passed away on Saturday, January 15th at 12:15AM in her Manhattan home. Official reports list the cause of Ms. Warrick's death as complications from pneumonia. She was 88.

Acting Portfolio: TELEVISION
All My Children
Phoebe Wallingford
January 5, 1970 to January 5, 2005

Peyton Place
Hanna Cord

Father of the Bride
Ellie Banks

As the World Turns
Edith "Aunt Edie" Hughes Frey
1956 to 1960

The Guiding Light
Janet Johnson, R.N.
1953 to 1954
Acting Portfolio: FILM
The Battle Over Citizen Kane

Beatrice VandenBerg

The Returning

The Great Bank Robbery
Mrs. Applebee

How to Steal the World
Mrs. Garrow

Ride Beyond Vengeance
Aunt Gussie

Roogie's Bump
Mrs. Rigsby

Beauty on Parade
Marian Medford

One Too Many
Helen Mason

Three Husbands
Jane Evans

Let's Dance
Carola Everett

The Great Dan Patch
Ruth Treadwell

Make Believe Ballroom
Liza Lee

Arch of Triumph
Kate Bergstroem


Swell Guy
Ann Duncan

Daisy Kenyon
Lucille O'Mara

Perilous Holiday
Agnes Stuart

Song of the South

China Sky
Dr. Sara Durand

Guest in the House
Ann Proctor

Mr. Winkle Goes to War
Amy Winkle

Secret Command
Lea Damaron

The Iron Major
Florence Ayres

Petticoat Larceny
Pat Mitchell

Forever and a Day
Lesley Trimble

Journey Into Fear
Stephanie Graham

The Corsican Brothers
Countess Isabelle Gravini

Obliging Young Lady
Linda Norton

Citizen Kane
Emily Norton Kane
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Winner, Lifetime Acheivement Award (2005)

Daytime Emmys, Nominee Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series (1975, 1976)

Arts in Education Award (1983)

Board of Governors Special Award for Arts Patronage (1997)
Vital Statistics

PLACE OF BIRTH: St. Joseph, Missouri

DATE OF BIRTH: June 29, 1916
PASSED AWAY: January 15, 2005

HEIGHT: 5'6 1/2"

HAIR: Auburn

EYES: Blue

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