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Ruth Warrick

Ruth Warrick

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Also Known As: Died: January 15, 2005
Born: June 29, 1915 Cause of Death: complications from pneumonia
Birth Place: St Joseph, Missouri, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Warrick was a school dropout consultant for the department of labor in President John F. Kennedy's administration.

Warrick served in the Job Training Corps during President Lyndon B. Johnson's administration.

She was appointed in the early 1990s to the U.N. World Women's Committee on Mental Health.

Warrick has long been active in arts-in-education programs, especially for the disadvantaged living in the Watts section of Los Angeles. She taught communication in the Watts area as part of Operation Bootstrap. In 1983 the board of directors of Business and Industry for Arts in Education, Inc. awarded her the first national Arts in Education Award, later renamed the Ruth Warrick Award for Arts in Education.

On her most famous role, Warrick noted: "... I've been on "All My Children" 19 years, and I've become a force in people's lives. They hug me, kiss me, grab my hand. People like the strength of Phoebe Tyler, although to begin with I thought of her as a silly person whose most strenuous activity was stirring the martinis gently so as not to bruise the gin. I had been involved with the civil rights and peace movements, a really involved activist, and she was the opposite, so I made her a really ridiculous bubblehead. After a few months, the director said to me, 'Your role is to make people afraid of you. When you walk into a room they should soil their pants.' I told him that was graphic enough. That's when Phoebe got very heavy."

Continuing on her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, Warrick noted, "She was so outrageous you wanted to kill her, but she became a woman with spirit and spunk and spine, like Joan Collins and Jane Wyman would be. Oddly enough, men love her. Young people love her. Blacks love Phoebe because they have a great tradition of strong women. One black man shouted across the street to me, 'You hang in there, old girl.'"

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