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US soap actress Ruth Warrick dies
Ruth Warrick
Warrick with Bill Cosby and actor Anthony Quinn in 2000
Actress Ruth Warrick, who launched her career in Citizen Kane before finding fame in the US daytime soap All My Children, has died in New York.

Warrick, who was 88, was best known for creating the role of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on the long-running soap, which was first shown in 1970.

She also appeared in the soaps As The World Turns and Guiding Light.

Warrick made her film debut in Citizen Kane after Orson Welles hand-picked her to play his on-screen wife.

Warrick, who was born in Missouri in 1915, first came into contact with Welles as a member of his Mercury Theatre troupe. He chose her to play Emily Norton Kane in the classic film after saying there were "no ladies in Hollywood" who were suitable.


She appeared in several more films in the 40s and 50s, including The Corsican Brothers, alongside Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and the 1946 musical Song Of The South.

Her first role in a soap opera came as Janet Johnson on The Guiding Light, which began in 1952. Warrick joined the cast in 1953 and played the part for a year.

She also starred in the soap As The World Turns for four years from 1956-1960, as well as playing the lead in Father Of The Bride, the TV series spun off from the 1950 Elizabeth Taylor film.

Warrick was nominated for an Emmy twice for her All My Children role, as well as receiving a nomination for playing Hannah Cord on the 1960s TV series Peyton Place.

She wrote in her autobiography, The Confessions Of Phoebe Tyler, that Welles was indirectly responsible for the character's development.

"Since Emily's character owes much to the compelling hand of Orson Welles so, indirectly, must Phoebe's," she said.

Her final appearance on the show was screened two weeks ago to commemorate its 35th anniversary.

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