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|Born||Rita Ann Johnson
August 13, 1913
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 31, 1965
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California|
|Spouse(s)||Stanley Kahn (1940-1943) (divorced)
Edwin Hutzler (1943-1946) (divorced)
She was born Rita Ann Johnson in Worcester, Massachusetts and attended the New England Conservatory of Music. Johnson began acting on Broadway in 1935 and started her film career two years later. She played a murderess in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) and a doomed wife in the RKO film noir They Won't Believe Me (1947).
Her film career came almost to a complete stop after a 1948 accident (a hair dryer fell on her head) that required delicate brain surgery. Her screen time in movies after that was limited due to her reduced mobility and powers of concentration. She also suffered from alcoholism from the time of her injuries until her death of a brain hemorrhage on October 31, 1965, at age 52.
Johnson also worked on radio, playing the leading role in Joyce Jordan.
- Letter of Introduction (1938)
- Honolulu (1939)
- Broadway Serenade (1939)
- Congo Maisie (1940)
- Edison, the Man (1940)
- Forty Little Mothers (1940)
- Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
- Appointment for Love (1941)
- The Major and the Minor (1942)
- My Friend Flicka (1943)
- Thunderhead, Son of Flicka (1945)
- The Affairs of Susan (1945)
- The Naughty Nineties (1945)
- Pardon My Past (1945)
- They Won't Believe Me (1947)
- Sleep, My Love (1948)
- The Big Clock (1948)
- Family Honeymoon (1949)
- The Second Face (1950)
- Susan Slept Here (1954)
- All Mine to Give (1957)
- Parish gives year of birth 1912, but grave marker says 1913.
- Parish, James Robert; Bowers, Ronald L. (1974). The MGM Stock Company: The Golden Era'. Allan. p. 379. ISBN 0-7110-0501-X.
- Rita Johnson at the Internet Movie Database
- "What's New from Coast to Coast" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror 14 (1): 8–9, 80. May 1940. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
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