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Ruth Warrick (1916–2005)

Reedy and regal actress Ruth Warrick will be remembered for two names and two names alone. In films, she will indelibly be referred to as the castoff first "Mrs. Citizen Kane," and on TV she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the obnoxiously wealthy, viper-tongued, manipulative and meddlesome Pine Valley ... See full bio »

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Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane Emily Monroe Norton Kane
Song of the South
Peyton Place
Peyton Place Hannah Cord
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride Eleanor 'Ellie' Banks


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 1984 Death Mask
Beatrice VandenBerg
 1983 The Returning
 1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Joan Heinsley
 1982 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series)
 1970 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Wise Woman
- How to Become a Goddess (1970) ... Wise Woman
 1969 The Great Bank Robbery
Mrs. Applebee
 1966-1968 Insight (TV Series)
Peg / Margaret
- Three Cornered Flag (1968) ... Peg
- Don't Let Me Catch You Praying (1966) ... Margaret
 1968 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Alice Garrow
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
Aunt Gussie
 1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Clara Benteen
- The Storm (1965) ... Clara Benteen
 1965 A Letter to Nancy
Mrs. Helen Reed
 1964 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Mrs. Winlock
- The Case of the Blonde Bonanza (1964) ... Mrs. Winlock
 1956-1960 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Edith 'Aunt Edie' Hughes Frye / Edith Hughes
- Episode dated 7 October 1960 (1960) ... Edith 'Aunt Edie' Hughes Frye
- Episode dated 22 August 1960 (1960) ... Edith 'Aunt Edie' Hughes Frye
- Episode #3.4 (1958) ... Edith 'Aunt Edie' Hughes Frye
- Episode #3.3 (1958) ... Edith 'Aunt Edie' Hughes Frye
- Episode #1.1 (1956) ... Edith Hughes
 1954 Roogie's Bump
Mrs. Rigsby
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- September Time (1953)
 1953 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Anna Carmody
- Tunnel Job (1953) ... Anna Carmody
 1952-1953 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Jane / Anne
- The Gift Horse (1953) ... Jane
- Another Harvest (1952) ... Anne
 1953 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Janet Johnson, RN
- Episode dated 9 April 1953 (1953) ... Janet Johnson, RN
- Episode dated 5 March 1953 (1953) ... Janet Johnson, RN
- Episode dated 24 February 1953 (1953) ... Janet Johnson, RN
- Episode dated 17 February 1953 (1953) ... Janet Johnson, RN
- Episode dated 27 January 1953 (1953) ... Janet Johnson, RN
 1952 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Florence Bertrand
- This Thing Called Love (1952) ... Florence Bertrand
 1952 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Lydia Darragh
- All's Well with Lydia (1952) ... Lydia Darragh
 1951-1952 Gruen Guild Theater (TV Series)
Opera Singer
- The Corner Shop (1952)
- Return to Vienna (1951) ... Opera Singer
 1952 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
- Return to Vienna (1952)
 1952 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Aftermath (1952)
 1951 The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series)
 1950 One Too Many
Helen Mason / Helen Leroy Lintz
 1950 Three Husbands
Jane Evans
 1950 Let's Dance
Carola Everett
 1949 The Great Dan Patch
Ruth Treadwell
 1948 Arch of Triumph
Kate Bergstroem
 1947 Daisy Kenyon
Lucille O'Mara
 1946 Swell Guy
Ann Duncan
 1944 Guest in the House
Ann Proctor
 1944 Secret Command
Lea Damaron
 1943 The Iron Major
Florence Ayres Cavanaugh
 1943 Petticoat Larceny
Pat Mitchell
 1943 Forever and a Day
Lesley Trimble
 1942 Obliging Young Lady
Linda Norton
 1942 Journey Into Fear
Mrs. Stephanie Graham
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Guested on the daytime program "Morning Exchange". See more »

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Dame Ruth Warrick


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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I like to shock and surprise people. When it's all in good fun, of course. See more »


Fell and broke her hip in early 2001 while vacationing in Italy. The fall was incorporated into the All My Children (1970) script, and she continued to play her Phoebe Tyler Wallingford character on a limited basis from a wheelchair. See more »


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