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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 August 1913Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 31 October 1965Hollywood, California, USA  (brain hemorrhage)
Birth NameRita McSean
Height 5' 4¼" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rita Johnson was born on 8/13/13 in Worcester Ma. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music, did summer stock, then moved on to Broadway in 1935. She was an extremely versatile actress, who played virtually every type of role. Unfortunately, her career came to a halt in 1948 when a hair dryer fell on her head causing brain damage. Brain surgery was performed, but thereafter her screen time was very limited . She died in Los Angeles County General Hospital on Oct. 31, 1965. Miss Johnson was only 52 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Edwin Hutzler (1943 - 1946) (divorced)
Stanley Kahn (1940 - 1943) (divorced)

Trivia (4)

At one time she considered entering the Olympics as a swimmer, but couldn't afford the money required to hire a trainer.
Her drama teacher told her she had no talent. Years later, after appearing in several Hollywood movies, Rita received a letter of apology from the teacher, which also complimented her on her fine work on screen. Rita had the letter framed and hung it on her dressing room wall.
Became an alcoholic after her accident in 1948. An autopsy showed she suffered from liver disease and alcohol induced encephalitis.
After a hair drier supposedly fell on her head and a doctor was called for her, the doctor noted that apart from her current injuries there were a number of old bruises on various parts of her body. Detectives investigating the injuries, however, reported nothing to indicate it was anything other than an accident. Rumors continued but were never confirmed that she was romantically involved with a gangster who had beaten her. Previous beatings, it was alleged, had caused the old bruises.

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