~Ruth Clifford~

Born: February 17, 1900 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
Died: November 30, 1998 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
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.

Biography by Hans J. Wollstein, AllMovie.com
The Show of Shows (1929) .... Performer in 'Ladies of the Ensemble' Number
The Eternal Woman (1929) .... Doris Forbes
The Devil's Apple Tree (1929) .... Jane Norris
The Thrill Seekers (1927) .... Adrean Wainwright
Don Mike (1927) .... Mary Kelsey
Lew Tyler's Wives (1926) .... Jessie Winkler
Brooding Eyes (1926) .... Joan Ayre
Typhoon Love (1926)
The Storm Breaker (1925) .... Lysette DeJon
The Phantom of the Opera (1925) (uncredited) .... Ballerina
The Love Hour (1925) .... Betty Brown
Her Husband's Secret (1925) .... Mrs. Pearce
As Man Desires (1925) .... Gloria Gordon
The Tornado (1924) .... Ruth Travers
Butterfly (1924) .... Hilary Collier
The Dramatic Life of Abraham Lincoln (1924) .... Ann Rutledge
... aka Abraham Lincoln (USA: short title)
The Whispered Name (1924) .... Anne Gray
Ponjola (1923) .... Gay Lypiatt
April Showers (1923) .... Miriam Welton
Hell's Hole (1923) .... Dorothy Owen
Mothers-in-Law (1923) .... Vianna Courtleigh
Daughters of the Rich (1923) .... Sally Malakoff
Truxton King (1923) .... Lorraine
The Dangerous Age (1923) .... Gloria Sanderson
The Face on the Bar-Room Floor (1923) .... Marion Trevor - Movie Still Code: Ford-6-53
... aka The Love Image (UK)
My Dad (1922) .... Dawn
Tropical Love (1921) .... Rosario
The Invisible Ray (1920) .... Mystery
The Amazing Woman (1920) .... Anitra Frane

The Black Gate (1919) .... Vera Hampton
The Millionaire Pirate (1919) .... The Girl
The Game's Up (1919) .... Ruth Elliott
The Cabaret Girl (1918) .... Ann Reid
The Lure of Luxury (1918) .... Dalle Aldis
Fires of Youth (1918) .... Lucille Linforth
Midnight Madness (1918) .... Gertrude Temple
The Guilt of Silence (1918) .... Mary
The Red, Red Heart (1918) .... Rhoda Tuttle
... aka The Heart of the Desert (USA)
Hungry Eyes (1918) .... Mary Jane Appleton
The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918) .... Gabrielle
... aka Beast of Berlin
... aka The Kaiser
... aka The Kaiser, Beast of Berlin
Hands Down (1918) .... Hilda Stuyvesant
The Savage (1917) .... Marie Louise
The Door Between (1917) .... Heloise Crocker
The Desire of the Moth (1917) .... Stella Vorhis
The Mysterious Mr. Tiller (1917) .... Clara Hawthorne
Mother o' Mine (1917) .... Catherine Thurston
... aka Mother of Mine (USA: copyright title)
A Kentucky Cinderella (1917) .... Nannie
Eternal Love (1917) .... Mignon
Mary from America (1917)
The Keeper of the Gate (1917) .... Floretta
The Melody of Death (1917)
The Bubble of Love (1917)
Polly Put the Kettle On (1917) .... Polly Vance
In the Dead o' Night (1916)
The Penalty of Treason (1916)
Should She Have Told? (1916)
Her Wedding Day (1916)
A Hero by Proxy (1916) .... Dollie
Behind the Lines (1916) .... Camilla
The Stoning (1915)