Ruth Warrick


Actor
Ruth Warrick

About

Birth Place
St Joseph, Missouri, USA
Born
June 29, 1915
Died
January 15, 2005
Cause of Death
Complications From Pneumonia

Biography

An attractive, talented and intelligent brunette actor, Ruth Warrick has played leading roles with some regularity during her half century career in TV, theater and film. She is, however, perhaps most associated with a series of character roles as middle to upper-class wives. Many were sympathetic, but more vivid were the ones in which her characters were practical, determined and conven...

Family & Companions

Erik Rolf
Husband
Divorced.
Carl Neubert
Husband
Divorced.
Robert McNamara
Husband
Divorced.
L Jarvis Cushing Jr
Husband
Divorced.

Bibliography

"The Confessions of Phoebe Tyler"
Ruth Warrick and Don Preston, Prentice-Hall (1980)

Notes

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.

Biography

An attractive, talented and intelligent brunette actor, Ruth Warrick has played leading roles with some regularity during her half century career in TV, theater and film. She is, however, perhaps most associated with a series of character roles as middle to upper-class wives. Many were sympathetic, but more vivid were the ones in which her characters were practical, determined and conventional to the point of being frosty and forbidding.

A promotional tour brought Warrick from her native Kansas, where she had begun acting, to New York. She met "boy wonder" Orson Welles, promptly became involved with his famous Mercury Theater and quickly made her feature debut in the landmark "Citizen Kane" (1941). As newspaper mogul Charles Foster Kane's first wife, her Emily Monroe Norton, a US President's niece, began sweetly but progressed, via the justly famed breakfast table montage, to being cold and harsh, disillusioned by her husband's megalomania and neglect, even to the point of reading a rival newspaper.

Warrick kept busy in film in the 40s and brought a warm, quiet glow to her many supportive helpmates, but the roles themselves were often rather standardized. She was Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s leading lady in "The Corsican Brothers" (1941), Pat O'Brien's in "The Iron Major" (1943) and Edward G. Robinson's in "Mr. Winkle Goes to War" (1944), but it was suggestive that VARIETY praised her performance as Randolph Scott's nurse in "China Sky" (1945) as superb, but confused her with Ruth Hussey. Similarly, in 1946 VARIETY praised her beauty and talent in "Perilous Holiday" (1946) but called Warrick's role her "first good break" since "Kane." Playing second leads as well, Warrick did well as the wife whose husband a flashily psychotic Anne Baxter tried to steal in "Guest in the House" (1944), and was even better as Dana Andrews' bitchy spouse in a good Joan Crawford vehicle, "Daisy Kenyon" (1947).

By the early 50s, Warrick was appearing in very modest second features such as "Beauty on Parade" (1950) and "Roogie's Bump" (1954). She ventured into TV hosting the 15-minute NBC anthology drama series, "Short, Short Drama" (1952-53) and recreated Joan Bennett's sensible wife and mother role for the CBS sitcom, "Father of the Bride" (1961-62), based on the 1950 hit film. Stage work ranged from Broadway's "Miss Lonelyhearts" (1957) to musicals with Jackie Gleason ("Take Me Along" 1960) and Debbie Reynolds (a revival of "Irene" 1973-74), to a tour in "The King and I" (1960-61) to nightclub work which further spotlighted her singing ability. Her role as Hannah Cord on ABC's "Peyton Place" (1965-67) netted her an Emmy nomination, and she did very occasional feature work ("Ride Beyond Vengeance" 1966, "Deathmask" 1983) as well. But Warrick won by far her greatest fame beginning in 1970 with her quarter-century reign as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, prototype for the domineering grand dames Joan Collins and Jane Wyman would later bring to primetime, on ABC's daytime soap, "All My Children."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985)
Deathmask (1983)
Beatrice Van Den Berg
The Returning (1983)
Grace
The Great Bank Robbery (1969)
Mrs. Applebee
How to Steal the World (1968)
Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)
Aunt Gussie
Roogie's Bump (1954)
Mrs. Rigsby
One Too Many (1951)
Helen Mason
Three Husbands (1950)
Jane Evans
Beauty on Parade (1950)
Marian Medford
Second Chance (1950)
Emily [Dean]
Let's Dance (1950)
Carola Everett
Make Believe Ballroom (1949)
Liza Lee
The Great Dan Patch (1949)
Ruth Treadwell
Driftwood (1947)
Susan Moore
Swell Guy (1947)
Ann Duncan
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Lucile O'Mara
Perilous Holiday (1946)
Agnes Stuart
Song of the South (1946)
Sally
China Sky (1945)
Dr. Sara Durand
Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944)
Amy Winkle
Secret Command (1944)
Lea Damaron
Guest in the House (1944)
Ann Proctor
The Iron Major (1943)
Florence Ayres Cavanaugh
Petticoat Larceny (1943)
Pat Mitchell
Forever and a Day (1943)
Lesley Trimble
Obliging Young Lady (1942)
Linda Norton
Journey into Fear (1942)
Stephanie Graham
The Corsican Brothers (1941)
Isabelle [Gravini]
Citizen Kane (1941)
Emily Monroe Norton Kane

Cast (Special)

Complicated Women (2003)
Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001)
The Soap Opera Hall of Fame Special (1998)
The Battle Over Citizen Kane (1996)
The All My Children 25th Anniversary Special (1995)
Soap Opera Digest Awards (1992)
Presenter
Guiding Light: The Primetime Special (1992)
The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1988)
Performer
Thanksgiving Day Parade (1988)
Sometimes I Don't Love My Mother (1982)

Misc. Crew (Special)

Complicated Women (2003)
Consultant

Life Events

1937

Played the sister of the dead soldier in "Bury the Dead" at the Center Community Theater in Kansas City, MO

1939

Participated in an early in-house test of television held in the RCA Building in New York

1941

Made feature film debut in "Citizen Kane"

1946

Supplied one of the voices for the Disney animated feature, "Song of the South"; also marked Warrick's last film at RKO, which distributed Disney productions

1952

Hosted the NBC 15-minute anthology drama series, "Short, Short Drama"

1954

Last feature for 12 years, "Roogie's Bump"

1957

Played Mary Spain in a New York stage production of Nathanael West's "Miss Lonelyhearts" at the Music Box Theater

1960

Played Essie in the Broadway musical, "Take Me Along", starring Jackie Gleason at the Shubert Theater

1966

Returned to occasional feature film work; played character roles in several films of the late 1960s beginning with "Ride Beyond Vengeance"

1970

Played Phoebe Tyler (later Phoebe Tyler Wallingford) on the long-running ABC daytime drama, "All My Children"

1983

Returned to feature film work after 14 years to play supporting roles in two films, "The Returning" and "Deathmask"

1985

Reprised the role of Hannah Cord for the NBC TV-movie, "Peyton Place: The Next Generation"

1989

Traveled to Moscow as part of "The Global Forum" that met with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev regarding problems in the world's environment (Date approximate)

1991

Became a licensed metaphysical teacher; was certified by the Unity School of Practical Christianity in Lees Summit, MO

1995

Was one of the interviewees for the Oscar-nominated feature documentary, "The Battle Over 'Citizen Kane'"

Photo Collections

China Sky - Lobby Cards
Here are several Lobby Cards from RKO's China Sky (1945), starring Randolph Scott, Ruth Warrick, and Ellen Drew. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Journey Into Fear (1943) - Dearest Stephanie Star Joseph Cotten narrates from a letter to his wife (Ruth Warrick) from the screenplay he co-wrote with co-star Orson Welles from an Eric Ambler novel, meeting local arms rep Kopeikin (Everett Sloane) in WWII Istanbul, and singer Josette (Dolores del Rio), in Journey Into Fear, 1943.
China Sky (1945) - Butcher Of Women And Children In WWII China, excitement as Anthony Quinn, as popular local warlord Chen Ta arrives at the American hospital, demanding that Dr. Durand (Ruth Warrick) treat the Japanese colonel he’s wounded, sparking friction, especially between local nurse Siu Mei (Carol Thurston) and Dr. Kim (Philip Ahn), in China Sky, 1945.
Corsican Brothers, The (1941) - It Wasn't A Dream Introduction of second brother, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. again, as Mario, in Paris pursuing Isabella (Ruth Warrick), tangling with De Raveneau (Henry Brandon), twin Lucien in Corsica with sympathetic pain, in The Corsican Brothers, 1941.
Citizen Kane (1941) - Like Any Other Marriage Now-retired Leland (Joseph Cotten) leads his interviewer into another famous flourish by writer, producer, director and title character Orson Welles, covering his first marriage to Emily (Ruth Warrick) in Citizen Kane, 1941.
Citizen Kane (1941) - With One Purpose Only Almost without preamble, into the campaign, first Leland (Joseph Cotten) making a speech for his boss, then the man himself (writer, director, producer and star Orson Welles) taking the stage, Gettys (Ray Collins) and Mrs. Kane (Ruth Warrick) observing, in Citizen Kane 1941.

Trailer

Family

Frederick R Warrick Jr
Father
Annie L Warrick
Mother

Companions

Erik Rolf
Husband
Divorced.
Carl Neubert
Husband
Divorced.
Robert McNamara
Husband
Divorced.
L Jarvis Cushing Jr
Husband
Divorced.

Bibliography

"The Confessions of Phoebe Tyler"
Ruth Warrick and Don Preston, Prentice-Hall (1980)

Notes

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.'"