June 29 – Today in Hat History
June 29 – Today in Hat History.
Birthdate of Ruth Warrick.
Ruth Elizabeth Warrick (June 29, 1916 – January 15, 2005), was an American singer, actress and political activist, best known for her role as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children, which she played regularly from 1970 until her death in 2005. At the time of her death she was twenty-second on the all-time list of longest-serving soap opera actors in the United States.
She made her film debut in Citizen Kane, and years later celebrated her 80th birthday by attending a special screening of the film to a packed, standing-room-only audience. Over the years, she collected several books about Orson Welles and Citizen Kane, in which she wrote “Property of Ruth Warrick, Mrs. Citizen Kane”
When All My Children debuted on January 5, 1970, Warrick was among the contracted cast, playing Pine Valley’s imperious matriarch Phoebe Tyler (the character’s full name via her marriages would eventually be Phoebe English Tyler Wallingford Matthews Wallingford). The show was an instant hit and Phoebe became a popular character. While her role was originally that of a serious society snob concerned mainly with keeping her family’s name at the top of the town’s social register, she later began to add much humor into the role, especially when her character, separated from her husband of many years, began having an affair with a phony professor Langley Wallingford, and eventually married him. Warrick received Daytime Emmy Award nominations in 1975 and 1977.