Ann Rork Light

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Ann Rork Light
Prince of headwaiters lobby card.jpg
Lobby card from The Prince of Headwaiters (1927)
Ann Rork

(1908-06-12)June 12, 1908
DiedJanuary 23, 1988(1988-01-23) (aged 79)
Cause of deathEmphysema and lung cancer
Spouse(s)J. Paul Getty (1932–1936)
Herbert Douglas Wilson
Jay Ruppert Ross
Joseph Stanton McInerney
Dr. Rudolph Alvin Light (1960-1970, his death)
ChildrenJohn Paul Getty, Jr.
Gordon Getty
Donna Wilson
Parent(s)Sam E. Rork
Helen Welch

Ann Rork Light (June 12, 1908 – January 23, 1988) was an American silent film actress.

Early life[edit]

Ann Rork was born June 12, 1908 in Darien, Connecticut.[1] Her father, Sam E. Rork, was a film producer at First National Pictures, and her mother the former Helen Welch.[1][2] Actor Will Rogers was her godfather.[2]


She starred in silent films such as The Blonde Saint and Old Loves and New in 1926, followed by The Notorious Lady, A Texas Steer and The Prince of Headwaiters in 1927. Her co-stars included Will Rogers and Rudolph Valentino.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She was married five times.[1] Her first husband was J. Paul Getty, an oil heir from San Francisco, California, from 1932 to 1935.[1][4] They had two sons: John Paul Getty, Jr. and Gordon Getty.[4] From her first-born son, John, she had a grandson, John Paul Getty III, who also became an actor, and who was famously kidnapped at age 16, with his grandfather J. Paul Getty giving the ransom reluctantly.

She then married a succession of three other men.[1] In 1960, she married her fifth husband, Dr. Rudolph A. Light, an Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company heir and Professor of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.[1][2]


She died of emphysema and lung cancer on January 23, 1988 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is buried with her husband Dr. Rudolph Light, at the Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida.[1] She was seventy-nine years old.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g ANN RORK LIGHT, 79, Orlando Sentinel, January 25, 1998
  2. ^ a b c d Associated Press, Ann Rork Light, Former Actress, 79, The New York Times, January 25, 1988
  3. ^ Ann Rork Light, Chicago Tribune, January 31, 1988
  4. ^ a b Stacy Finz, Jaxon Van Derbeken, Getty's Secret Double Life / Second family in L.A. – 3 daughters, San Francisco Chronicle, August 21, 1999

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