Ruth Warrick, the daytime soap opera star of All My Children whose career was launched with her role in Orson Welles' all-time classic Citizen Kane and who later became a mentor to Susan Lucci, died at her New York home of pneumonia on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2005. She was 88. In All My Children, which debuted in 1970, Warrick played Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the grande dame of the fictitious affluent town of Pine Valley. She portrayed the meddlesome and over-the-top personality so believably that her fans often had trouble distinguishing between the stylish actress and her equally sophisticated character. She was twice nominated for an Emmy for the role and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for it. She made her final appearance less than two weeks ago to commemorate the show's 35th anniversary.
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