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Ruth Clifford

Highest Rated:   100% The Searchers (1956)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich
  • Stockholders' Wive
1964
No Score Yet Two Rode Together
  • Woman
1961
89% The Last Hurrah
  • Nurse
1958
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Florence
1956
100% 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
80% 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
No Score Yet 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
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Telephone Operator
1938
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 Stand Up and Cheer
  • Female Secretary
1934
No Score Yet Only Yesterday
  • Eleanor
1933

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