Clara Blandick

Actor
Back in the days of the studio system, character players with interesting faces were kept under contract to add spice to scenes. One such actress was Clara Blandick, a name some may not recall, but they would remember ... Read more »
Born: 06/04/1881 in Hong Kong

Filmography

Actor (15)

A Stolen Life 1947 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Life With Father 1947 (Movie)

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Heaven Can Wait 1942 (Movie)

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The Wagons Roll at Night 1940 (Movie)

Mrs. Williams (Actor)

Drums Along the Mohawk 1938 (Movie)

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Swanee River 1938 (Movie)

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The Wizard of Oz 1938 (Movie)

Aunt Em (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

Aunt Mattie (Actor)

Wings Over Honolulu 1936 (Movie)

Evie Curtis (Actor)

The Gorgeous Hussy 1935 (Movie)

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Broadway Bill 1934 (Movie)

Mrs Peterson (Actor)

Three on a Match 1932 (Movie)

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen 1931 (Movie)

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The Easiest Way 1930 (Movie)

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Romance 1929 (Movie)

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Biography

Back in the days of the studio system, character players with interesting faces were kept under contract to add spice to scenes. One such actress was Clara Blandick, a name some may not recall, but they would remember her face. Thanks to perennial TV airings and the advent of home video, generations of children have been exposed to her in what is undoubtedly her best-known part: Dorothy's stern but caring Auntie Em in "The Wizard of Oz" (1939).

Milestones

1950

Final film role, "Key to the City"

1947

Cast as the family maid in "Life With Father"

1943

Portrayed Deanna Durbin's socialite aunt in "Can't Help Singing"

1942

Appeared in "Heaven Can Wait"

1940

Was featured in the Marx Brothers' vehicle "The Big Store"

1940

Offered a scene-stealing turn in "Anne of Windy Poplars"

1939

Had best-known and most memorable role as Auntie Em in "The Wizard of Oz"

1937

Portrayed Janet Gaynor's stern aunt in "A Star Is Born"

1930

Cast as Aunt Polly in "Tom Sawyer"

1929

Resumed film career in "Men Are Like That" and "Poor Aubrey"

1929

Became an established character player after turn in "Wise Girls"

1924

Garnered attention for stage performance in "Hell-Bent for Heaven"

1916

Acted in the silent film, "The Stolen Triumph"

1911

Film debut in "The Maid's Double"

1903

Appeared on Broadway in "The Christian"

Raised in Boston, Massachusetts

Moved to NYC

Acted with E H Sothern's stage company; appeared in "Richard Lovelace"

Bonus Trivia

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Blandick's sucide 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." Reprinted in Classic Images, February 2000.

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