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Ruth Clifford

American actress, originally of leading roles, whose career lasted from silent days into the television era. A native of Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary's Seminary in Narragansett, Rhode Island, then, following her mother's death in 1911, came to Los Angeles as a teenager to live with her actress aunt. She got work as an extra and began her career at 15 at Universal, in fairly substantial roles. By her mid-twenties, she was playing leads and second leads, including the role of Abraham Lincoln's lost love, Ann Rutledge, in The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924). But sound pictures found her roles diminishing, and throughout the next three decades she played smaller and smaller parts. She was a favorite of John Ford(they played bridge together), who used her in eight films, but rarely in substantial roles. She was also, for a time, the voice of Walt Disney's "Minnie Mouse." She lived long enough to find herself in demand for documentary interviews on the subject of early Hollywood. Married for a time to Beverly Hills real-estate developer James Cornelius, she survived that marriage by more than sixty years. She died in 1998, two and one-half months before her 99th birthday. Date of Birth 17 February 1900, Pawtucket, Rhode Island Date of Death 30 November 1998, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California  (natural causes)

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Feb 17, 1900
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In the movie My Dad 1922-07-23
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Movie The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors 1993-06-30
Known For
Poster of Free For All
Poster of Father Was a Fullback
Poster of Stolen Harmony
Movie The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors Herself 1993-06-30
Movie The Last Hurrah Nurse 1958-10-23
Movie Designing Woman Vanessa Cole 1957-05-16
Movie The Cobweb Mrs. Jenkins 1955-06-07
Movie Pluto's Christmas Tree Minnie Mouse (voice) 1952-11-21
Movie The Quiet Man Mother (uncredited) 1952-07-21
Movie Whirlpool 1950-01-01
Movie Key to the City Mrs. Anderson (uncredited) 1950-02-02
Movie Wagon Master Fleuretty Phyffe 1950-04-22
Movie Sunset Boulevard Sheldrake's Secretary 1950-08-10
Movie Pluto's Sweater Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited) 1949-04-29
Movie Not Wanted Mrs. Elizabeth Stone 1949-06-24
Movie Father Was a Fullback Neighbor 1949-09-30
Movie Free For All Miss Berry (uncredited) 1949-11-01
Movie Donald's Dream Voice Daisy Duck (voice) (uncredited) 1948-05-21
Movie The Luck of the Irish Secretary (uncredited) 1948-09-15
Movie Cry of the City Nurse (uncredited) 1948-09-29
Movie 3 Godfathers Woman in Bar (uncredited) 1948-12-31
Movie Donald's Dilemma Audience Crying and booing 1947-07-11
Movie Mother Wore Tights Resort Guest (uncredited) 1947-08-20
Movie Shock Mrs. Margaret Cross 1946-02-01
Movie Bath Day Minnie Mouse (voice) 1946-10-11
Movie My Darling Clementine Opera House Patron (uncredited) 1946-10-17
Movie Swing Shift Cinderella Cinderella, 1945-08-25
Movie The Spider Mrs. Gillespie - Tenant 1945-12-01
Movie Leave Her to Heaven Telephone Operator 1945-12-25
Movie The Lodger Hairdresser (uncredited) 1944-01-19
Movie Swooner Crooner Chickens (voice) 1944-05-06
Movie Marriage Is a Private Affair Kelly 1944-08-23
Movie First Aiders Minnie Mouse 1944-09-22
Movie Coney Island Saloon Patron 1943-06-18
Movie It Happened in Flatbush Ruth - Mrs. McAvoy's Secretary (uncredited) 1942-05-28
Movie Blue, White, and Perfect Ship's Passenger (uncredited) 1942-01-06
Movie Ten Gentlemen from West Point Graduation Spectator (uncredited) 1942-06-26
Movie Holiday Inn Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed) 1942-07-10
Movie Along the Rio Grande Paula 1941-02-07
Movie Hollywood Steps Out Coat Check Girl 1941-05-24
Movie Road to Happiness Ship Passenger 1941-12-19
Movie Ball of Fire Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1941-12-31
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Mrs. Finney 1940-01-11
Movie Free, Blonde and 21 Nurse 1940-03-28
Movie Lillian Russell Extra 1940-05-24
Movie Wife, Husband and Friend Seamstress 1939-03-03
Movie Drums Along the Mohawk Pioneer Woman (uncredited) 1939-11-10
Movie Swanee River Bit Role 1939-12-29
Movie Four Men and a Prayer Telephone Operator (uncredited) 1938-04-29
Movie Porky in Wackyland Various Wackyland Citizens (voice) 1938-09-24
Movie What Price Porky Hens 1938-02-25
Movie Daffy Duck in Hollywood Fat Lady 1938-12-03
Movie Charlie Chan in Honolulu Nurse 1938-12-30
Movie Paddy O'Day Mrs. Right - First Class Passenger 1936-01-17
Movie Fatal Lady Brazilian Opera Troupe 1936-05-15
Movie Hollywood Boulevard Nurse (uncredited) 1936-08-20
Movie To Mary - with Love Nurse 1936-08-01
Movie Stolen Harmony Nurse (uncredited) 1935-04-20
Movie She Married Her Boss Undetermined Supporting Role (uncredited) 1935-09-19
Movie Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Friend of Miss Fane 1934-01-12
Movie Woman Unafraid 1934-03-27
Movie Face in the Sky Hotel Guest with Dog (uncredited) 1933-01-15
Movie The Constant Woman Speakeasy Floozie 1933-03-12
Movie Only Yesterday Eleanor (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie King Neptune Mermaids 1932-09-10
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number (uncredited) 1929-11-21
Movie The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln 1924-01-21
Movie My Dad Dawn 1922-07-23
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