Ruth Warrick: All My Children actress, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane wife
Actress Ruth Warrick, All My Children star player and Charles Foster Kane’s wife in Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane, died today of complications from pneumonia. Warrick was 89. (Image: Citizen Kane Ruth Warrick, Orson Welles.)
Also in 1941, her first year in Hollywood, Warrick was Douglas Fairbanks Jr’s leading lady in the period adventure The Corsican Brothers. But despite such an auspicious start, her film career didn’t go very far.
Ruth Warrick movies
In the ensuing years, Warrick (born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on June 29, 1915) was cast in supporting roles in major productions or leads in B fare, usually playing the hero’s or the second male lead’s wife. Among her most important movies of the period were Norman Foster and (an uncredited) Orson Welles’ Journey into Fear (1942), in which Warrick plays hero Joseph Cotten’s wife – though the key female role belonged to Dolores del Rio; the all-star pro-British Forever and Day (1943), featuring the likes of Ida Lupino, Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Merle Oberon, and others; and Disney’s part-animated feature Song of the South (1947).
Also, Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944), as Edward G. Robinson’s wife; the B-biopic The Iron Major (1944), as the wife of football coach-turned-war veteran Francis Cavanaugh (played by Pat O’Brien); Otto Preminger’s romantic drama Daisy Kenyon (1947), as Dana Andrews’ wife; and the musical Let’s Dance (1950), supporting Fred Astaire and Betty Hutton.
All My Children TV stardom
In the early ’50s, Ruth Warrick began working mostly on television. She eventually became a household name thanks to the long-running soap opera All My Children, in which she played the sophisticated Phoebe Tyler. For that role, Warrick received two Daytime Emmy nominations, in addition to a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. (Also, in 1967 she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress prime-time Emmy for the drama series Peyton Place.)
When not acting, Warrick was an active supporter of arts programs.
Orson Welles, Ruth Warrick Citizen Kane photo: RKO publicity still.