Ruth Warrick, 88, Veteran Actress
Ruth Warrick, known to film aficionados as the wife of Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane in "Citizen Kane" and to soap opera fans as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on "All My Children," died on Sat., Jan. 15, at her home in Manhattan. She was 88. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to her manager.
After making her movie debut in Welles' 1941 masterpiece, Warrick, a native of St. Joseph, Mo., went on to appear in 30 films, including "The Corsican Brothers" and "Journey Into Fear."
She made her Broadway debut in "Miss Lonelyhearts" in 1957. Two years later she was featured in the musical comedy "Take Me Along," starring Jackie Gleason, and in 1973 she co-starred with Debbie Reynolds in a revival of the musical "Irene."
But it was in daytime drama where Warrick became a star, culminating in her long-running role as the family matriarch on "All My Children," a character she created when the series debuted in 1970 and which earned her two Emmy nominations. Last May, she received a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Her other TV credits include "As the World Turns," "Father of the Bride," and "Peyton Place," for which she earned another Emmy nomination.
Virginia Mayo, 84, Star of 1940s and '50s
Virginia Mayo, a Goldwyn chorus girl who went on to become a movie star of the 1940s and '50s, died on Mon., Jan. 17, at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She was 84. The cause of death was pneumonia and heart failure.
Mayo appeared in more than 50 films, including comedies with Bob Hope ("The Princess and the Pirate") and Danny Kaye ("The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"), the gangster classic "White Heat" with James Cagney, the seafaring romance "Captain Horatio Hornblower" with Gregory Peck, and the post-World War II homecoming drama "The Best Years of Our Lives."
Born in St. Louis, Mayo was a member of the ballet corps of the St. Louis Municipal Opera before joining her brother-in-law's vaudeville act in 1937. Dubbed Pansy the Horse, the act was featured on Broadway in "Banjo Eyes," a 1940 revue starring Eddie Cantor.
Signed by Samuel Goldwyn as a chorus dancer in 1942, she went on to earn respect as a serious actress in films, in TV guest appearances, and with the touring companies of shows such as "Barefoot in the Park" and "No, No, Nanette."
Thelma White, 94, Star of 'Reefer Madness'
Thelma White, star of the cult classic movie "Reefer Madness," died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Los Angeles on Tues., Jan. 11. She was 94. The cause of death was pneumonia, according to her godson.
Besides her memorable turn as the drug pusher Mae in the 1936 anti-marijuana film, White appeared in many other movies of the 1930s and '40s, though none with the camp classic status of "Reefer Madness."
Born in Lincoln, Neb., White launched her career as a child performer, working in carnivals before turning her talents to vaudeville, radio, and movies.