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Ruth Clifford

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Ruth Clifford (February 17, 1900 – November 30, 1998) was an American actress of leading roles in silent films, whose career lasted from silent days into the television era. Clifford got work as an extra and began her career at 15 at Universal, in fairly substantial roles. She received her first film credit for her work in Behind the Lines (1916). 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 director 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 and Daisy Duck. Clifford's obituary in the Los Angeles Times noted that she "became a prime source for historians of the silent screen era".

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Feb 17, 1900 In Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Behind the Lines 1916-09-11
Latest Project:
Movie Mickey's Family Album 1998-06-11
Known For
Poster of The Searchers
Poster of My Darling Clementine
Poster of The Phantom of the Opera
Poster of The Millionaire Pirate
Movie Mickey's Family Album Minnie Mouse (Mickey's Delayed Date) (voice) 1998-06-11
Movie The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors Herself 1993-06-30
Movie Minnie Minnie Mouse 1984-05-01
Movie Mickey's Golden Jubilee Minnie Mouse (voice) 1978-01-01
Movie Designing Woman Vanessa Cole 1957-05-16
Movie The Searchers Deranged Woman at Fort (uncredited) 1956-05-07
Movie The Cobweb Mrs. Jenkins 1955-06-07
Movie The Quiet Man Mother (uncredited) 1952-07-21
Movie Pluto's Christmas Tree Minnie Mouse (voice) 1952-11-21
Movie Whirlpool Unknown 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 (uncredited) 1950-08-10
Movie Not Wanted Mrs. Elizabeth Stone 1949-06-24
Movie Pluto's Sweater Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited) 1949-04-29
Movie Father Was a Fullback Neighbor 1949-09-30
Movie Free For All Miss Berry (uncredited) 1949-11-01
Movie The Luck of the Irish Secretary (uncredited) 1948-09-15
Movie Donald's Dream Voice Daisy Duck (voice) (uncredited) 1948-05-21
Movie Cry of the City Nurse 1948-09-29
Movie 3 Godfathers Woman in Bar (uncredited) 1948-12-31
Movie Figaro and Frankie Minnie Mouse (voice) (uncredited) 1947-05-31
Movie Mickey's Delayed Date Minnie Mouse 1947-10-03
Movie Mother Wore Tights Resort Guest (uncredited) 1947-08-20
Movie Shock Mrs. Margaret Cross 1946-02-01
Movie My Darling Clementine Opera House Patron (uncredited) 1946-10-17
Movie Bath Day Minnie Mouse (voice) 1946-10-11
Movie The Spider Mrs. Gillespie - Tenant 1945-12-01
Movie Leave Her to Heaven Telephone Operator (uncredited) 1945-12-25
Movie The Lodger Hairdresser (uncredited) 1944-01-19
Movie First Aiders Minnie Mouse (voice) 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 Cadet Girl Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited) 1941-11-28
Movie Along the Rio Grande Paula 1941-02-07
Movie Ball of Fire Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1941-12-02
Movie Road to Happiness Ship Passenger 1941-12-19
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Talk Mrs. Finney 1940-01-11
Movie Lillian Russell Extra 1940-05-24
Movie Free, Blonde and 21 Nurse 1940-03-28
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 Safety in Numbers Mrs. Hensley 1938-05-30
Movie Charlie Chan in Honolulu Nurse 1938-12-30
Movie Paddy O'Day Mrs. Right - First Class Passenger 1936-01-17
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 Woman Unafraid Unknown 1934-03-27
Movie Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Friend of Miss Fane 1934-01-12
Movie Making the Rounds Unknown 1934-07-06
Movie Face in the Sky Hotel Guest with Dog (uncredited) 1933-01-15
Movie Only Yesterday Eleanor (Uncredited) 1933-11-01
Movie The Constant Woman Speakeasy Floozie 1933-03-12
Movie The Eternal Woman Doris Forbes 1929-03-18
Movie Show of Shows Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number (uncredited) 1929-11-21
Movie Don Mike Mary Kelsey 1927-01-25
Movie The Thrill Seekers Unknown 1927-09-01
Movie Brooding Eyes Joan Ayre 1926-03-15
Movie The Phantom of the Opera Ballerina (uncredited) 1925-09-22
Movie The Tornado Unknown 1925-01-04
Movie The Whispered Name Unknown 1924-01-21
Movie Butterfly Hilary Collier 1924-10-11
Movie The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln Ann Rutledge, first sweetheart 1924-02-02
Movie The Dangerous Age Gloria Sanderson 1923-02-04
Movie Ponjola Unknown 1923-10-28
Movie April Showers Miriam Welton 1923-10-21
Movie My Dad Dawn 1922-07-23
Movie The Millionaire Pirate Unknown 1919-02-10
Movie The Game's Up Unknown 1919-01-20
Movie Fires of Youth Unknown 1918-08-26
Movie Hands Down Unknown 1918-02-11
Movie Hungry Eyes Unknown 1918-03-11
Movie The Lure of Luxury Unknown 1918-10-07
Movie The Cabaret Girl Unknown 1918-12-30
Movie A Kentucky Cinderella Unknown 1917-06-25
Movie Polly Put the Kettle On Unknown 1917-01-01
Movie Mother o' Mine Unknown 1917-09-02
Movie Eternal Love Unknown 1917-05-07
Movie The Mysterious Mr. Tiller Unknown 1917-09-17
Movie The Door Between Unknown 1917-12-10
Movie The Savage Unknown 1917-11-19
Movie The Desire of the Moth Unknown 1917-10-22
Movie Behind the Lines Camilla 1916-09-11