Clara Blandick

as Old Lady on Subway in the movie Du Barry Was a Lady

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Real name is Clara Dickey
Was born at 4 June 1876 in on board an American ship in Hong Kong . Died at 15 April 1962, Hollywood, California, USA (suicide)

Clara Blandick was a character actress who was born aboard an Americanship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known abouther early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. Clara actually began herfilm career at a late age.

She was 33 when she was picked for the roleas Emily Mason in Mrs. Black Is Back (1914) . Her next film was The Stolen Triumph (1916) , after which she returned to thestage, where she seemed more comfortable. She did not make another filmuntil the age of 48, when she appeared in Poor Aubrey (1930) . Bynow the studios knew her to be an outstanding character actress who wasadept at filling minor roles.

She had only three films under her beltat this time but would appear in more than 100 over the next 20 years. Nine films in 1930 and 13 the following year showed what a talent Clarareally was. The role that was to immortalize her, however, was the partas Auntie Em in the classic The Wizard of Oz (1939) . Claracontinued in films until 1950, when she appeared on the screen for thefinal time in Key to the City (1950) . By this time Clara hadbeen suffering from poor health for years, and retired from the screen.

On Palm Sunday, April 15, 1962, Clara went to church in Hollywood,California. When she returned she wrote a note stating she was about totake the greatest adventure of her life. She took an overdose ofsleeping tablets and pulled a plastic bag over her head, thus endingher life. She was 81 years old. .

There is some small facts about Clara Blandick:
  • Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum.
  • Suffering from severe arthritis and impending blindness, Clara fixed her hair, dressed up in her best outfit, placed her favorite photos and memorabilia around her room and sadly left this world by overdosing on sleeping tablets.
  • Best remembered for her portrayal of Dorothy's Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz (1939) .
  • Her suicide note read: "I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen."
  • Played different roles in different screen versions of "Huckleberry Finn". In the 1931 version, she played Tom Sawyer's Aunt Polly, a carryover from the 1930 film of "Tom Sawyer", in which she played the same role. In 1939 she played the role of Miss Watson in the Mickey Rooney film "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
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There is the list of movies, where Clara Blandick was taked part:
1 Du Barry Was a Lady movie Du Barry Was a Lady 1943 as Old Lady on Subway
2 Heaven Can Wait movie Heaven Can Wait 1943 as Grandmother Van Cleve
3 Laughing Sinners movie Laughing Sinners 1931 as Salvation Army Woman
4 North West Mounted Police movie North West Mounted Police 1940 as Mrs. Burns
5 Professor Beware movie Professor Beware 1938 as Mrs. Green - Landlady
6 Straight from the Heart movie Straight from the Heart 1935 as Mrs. Anderson
7 The Big Store movie The Big Store 1941 as Customer Seeking Record
8 The Case of the Velvet Claws movie The Case of the Velvet Claws 1936 as Judge Mary F. O'Daugherty
9 The Girl from Missouri movie The Girl from Missouri 1934 as Miss Newberry
10 The Nurses Secret movie The Nurses Secret 1941 as Miss Juliet Mitchell
11 The Trail of the Lonesome Pine movie The Trail of the Lonesome Pine 1936 as Landlady
12 The Wagons Roll at Night movie The Wagons Roll at Night 1941 as Mrs. Williams
13 Three Cornered Moon movie Three Cornered Moon 1933 as Ronald's Landlady
14 A Star Is Born movie A Star Is Born 1937 as Aunt Mattie
15 A Stolen Life movie A Stolen Life 1946 as Martha
16 Alice in Movieland movie Alice in Movieland 1940 as Grandmother
17 Anne of Windy Poplars movie Anne of Windy Poplars 1940 as Mrs. Morton Pringle
18 Anthony Adverse movie Anthony Adverse 1936 as Mrs. Jorham
19 As the Earth Turns movie As the Earth Turns 1934 as Cora
20 Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz movie Because of the Wonderful Things It Does: The Legacy of Oz 2005 as Auntie Em
21 Beloved movie Beloved 1934 as Miss Murfee
22 Bought! movie Bought! 1931 as Mrs. Sprigg
23 Broadway Bill movie Broadway Bill 1934 as Mrs. Peterson
24 Burning Up movie Burning Up 1930 as Mrs. Minnie Winkle
25 Cant Help Singing movie Cant Help Singing 1944 as Aunt Cissy
26 Charlie Chans Greatest Case movie Charlie Chans Greatest Case 1933 as Minerva Winterslip
27 Child of Manhattan movie Child of Manhattan 1933 as Aunt Sophie
28 Claudia and David movie Claudia and David 1946 as Mrs. Barry
29 Crime Ring movie Crime Ring 1938 as Phoebe Sawyer
30 Daybreak movie Daybreak 1931 as Frau Hoffman
31 Dixie movie Dixie 1943 as Mrs. Mason
32 Dreaming Out Loud movie Dreaming Out Loud 1940 as Jessica Spencer
33 Drums Along the Mohawk movie Drums Along the Mohawk 1939 as Mrs. Borst
34 Ever in My Heart movie Ever in My Heart 1933 as Anna, the Cook
35 Frontier Gal movie Frontier Gal 1945 as Abigail
36 Fugitive Lady movie Fugitive Lady 1934 as Aunt Margaret
37 Gentleman Jim movie Gentleman Jim 1942 as Woman on Train
38 Going Hollywood movie Going Hollywood 1933 as Ms. Perkins
39 Harold Teen movie Harold Teen 1934 as Ma Lovewell
40 Hearts Divided movie Hearts Divided 1936 as Aunt Ellen
There is the list of some articles of Clara Blandick:
  • "Classic Images" (USA), February 2000, Iss. 296, pg. 63, by: Charles Stumpf, "Clara Blandick: Auntie Em"
  • "Variety" (USA), 25 April 1962, pg. 63:2, "Clara Blandick"
  • "New York Times" (USA), 16 April 1962, pg. 23:2, "Clara Blandick"
  • "New York Dramatic Mirror" (USA), 5 May 1915, pg. 5:1, "Personal: Miss Clara Blandick"
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