Ruth Clifford

Ruth Clifford

  • Highest Rated: 100% Wagon Master (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Veteran American silent-screen actress Ruth Clifford began her career at the tender age of 16, starring for various Universal companies. Britisher Monroe Salisbury, the teenage Clifford's leading man in melodramas such as The Savage (1917), Hungry Eyes (1918), and The Millionaire Pirate (1919), was a paunchy gent no longer in the bloom of youth and sporting an ill-fitting hairpiece. According to the actress, although ever the gentleman, Mr. Salisbury's appearance made love scenes somewhat uneasy. Clifford played Ann Rutledge in Abraham Lincoln (1924), but overall her career was on the wane when she struck up a lifelong friendship with director John Ford in the late 1920s. Along with another early silent-screen actress, Mae Marsh, Clifford would turn up in about every other Ford film, usually playing pioneer women. In more glamorous surroundings, Clifford and Marsh stole the limelight for a brief moment as aging saloon belles in Three Godfathers (1948) and, away from Ford, Clifford was the studio head's secretary in Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950). Her last recorded appearance was in Ford's Two Rode Together in 1961; she was billed merely as "Woman." Although not known for enjoying interviews, Clifford was keenly interested in film history and made appearances in two documentaries on the subject: the 1984 Ulster Television program A Seat in the Stars: The Cinema and Ireland and historian Anthony Slide's ground-breaking The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors. In the latter, she discussed the work of Elsie Jane Wilson, Clifford's director on both The Lure of Luxury (1918) and The Game's Up (1919). As old as the century, Ruth Clifford was one of the last remaining leading ladies of the early, silent era when she died at the Motion Picture Country Hospital in Woodland Hills on December 1, 1998.

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No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich Stockholders' Wive 1964
80% Two Rode Together Woman 1961
92% The Last Hurrah Nurse 1958
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Florence 1956
98% The Searchers Deranged woman at fort 1956
No Score Yet A Man Called Peter Nurse 1955
No Score Yet Prince Of Players English Nurse 1955
83% The Cobweb Mrs. Jenkins 1955
98% Sunset Boulevard Sheldrake's Secretary 1950
100% Wagon Master Fleuretty Phyffe 1950
No Score Yet Slattery's Hurricane Nurse Bailey 1949
80% Not Wanted Mrs. Stone 1949
No Score Yet Father Was a Fullback Neighbor 1949
93% Unfaithfully Yours Saleslady 1948
82% Three Godfathers Woman in Bar 1948
No Score Yet The Luck of the Irish Secretary 1948
92% Cry of the City Nurse 1948
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Sister Mercy Mary 1944
No Score Yet The Lodger Hairdresser 1944
No Score Yet In the Meantime, Darling Mrs. Phillips 1944
No Score Yet Mr. Celebrity Woman In Convertible 1941
91% How Green Was My Valley Actor 1941
40% Four Men and a Prayer Telephone Operator 1938
No Score Yet To Mary---With Love Nurse 1936
No Score Yet Paddy O'Day Actor 1935
No Score Yet Dante's Inferno Mrs. Gray 1935
No Score Yet She Married Her Boss Woman 1935
No Score Yet Stolen Harmony Nurse 1935
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer! Female Secretary 1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday Eleanor 1933
No Score Yet Abraham Lincoln Anne Rutledge 1924


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