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Johnson in the trailer for Stronger Than Desire, 1939
|Born||Rita Ann Johnson
August 13, 1913
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||October 31, 1965
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Brain hemorrhage|
|Resting place||Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California|
|Spouse(s)||Stanley Kahn (1940-43; divorced)
Edwin Hutzler (1943-46; divorced)
Johnson began acting on Broadway in 1935 and started her film career two years later. She played a murderer in Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) and a doomed wife in the RKO film noir They Won't Believe Me (1947).
Johnson suffered injuries (attributed to a falling hair dryer) to her head and legs September 6, 1948, requiring brain surgery, causing her film career to come to a near complete stop. A newspaper article three years afterward reported, "It took her a year to recover. Her left side was paralyzed temporarily, and for a while she couldn't walk." 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 was married to businessman L. Stanley Kahn. They were granted a divorce on June 29, 1943. She married, secondly, to Edwin Hutzler from 1943 to 1946, but that marriage also ended in divorce.
- My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937)
- Letter of Introduction (1938)
- Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
- ’’They All Come Out’’ (1939)
- Honolulu (1939)
- Broadway Serenade (1939)
- Stronger Than Desire (1939)
- 6,000 Enemies (1939)
- Congo Maisie (1940)
- The Golden Fleecing (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)
- The Perfect Marriage (1948)
- Sleep, My Love (1948)
- The Big Clock (1948)
- Family Honeymoon (1949)
- The Second Face (1950)
- Susan Slept Here (1954)
- All Mine to Give (1957)
|1943||Lux Radio Theatre||My Friend Flicka|
|1952||Family Theater||The Crossroads of Christmas|
- Parish gives year of birth as 1912, but her grave marker says 1913.
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- "What's New from Coast to Coast" (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (1): 8–9, 80. May 1940. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
- Rita Johnson on IMDb
- "Film Star Succumbing To Mystery Injuries". The Evening News. September 10, 1948. p. 1. Retrieved June 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Rita Johnson Battles for Comeback Movie Roles". The Times. June 11, 1952. p. 17. Retrieved June 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Divorce Granted to Rita Johnson". The Milwaukee Journal. June 29, 1943. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- "Lux Theatre Guest". Harrisburg Telegraph. Harrisburg Telegraph. June 5, 1943. p. 17. Retrieved December 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kirby, Walter (December 21, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved June 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "The Booby-Trapped Life of Rita Johnson", 2013 Los Angeles Review of Books essay
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