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Clara Blandick (born June 4, 1881 in Hong Kong; died April 15, 1962 in Hollywood, California) was a twentieth century American actress best known for her portrayal of Auntie Em in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. June 4 is the 155th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (156th in leap years), with 210 days remaining. ... 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Hey. ... Ironically, on February 12, 1939, Victor Fleming again replaced George Cukor in directing Gone With The Wind. ...

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Early life

She was born Clara Dickey aboard an American ship docked in the Hong Kong harbor and spent some of her early years living with her family in Hong Kong. The remainder of her youth was spent growing up in Boston. There, she met famed Shakespearean actor, E. H. Sothern, whom she appeared onstage with in a production of the play Richard Lovelace. City nickname: Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe), Athens of America Location Location in Massachusetts Government Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas Menino (Dem) Physical characteristics Area      Land      Water 89. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Edward Hugh Sothern (1859 - 1933) was an American actor and the son of actor E. A. Sothern. ... Richard Lovelace (1618 - 1657) was an English poet and nobleman, born in Woolwich, today part of south-east London. ...


Acting

She moved from Boston to New York City and began pursuing acting as a career. Her first professional appearance came in 1901, when she was cast as Jehanneton in the play If I Were King, which ran for 56 performances at Garden Theatre (an early component of Madison Square Garden). She achieved acclaim for her role in The Christian and was described by newspaper critics as a "dainty, petite, and graceful" heroine. In 1911 she made her first movie, appearing in the short, silent film The Maid's Double. Blandick finally broke onto Broadway in 1912, when she was cast as Dolores Pennington in Widow By Proxy which ran for 88 performances through early 1913 at George M. Cohan's Theatre on Broadway. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ... 1911 was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... Link title1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... George M. Cohan George Michael Cohan (July 1878–November 5, 1942) was a United States entertainer, songwriter, actor, singer, and dancer. ...


She would continue to achieve success on the stage, playing a number of starring roles, including the lead in Madame Butterfly. By 1914 she was reappearing on the silver screen, this time as Emily Mason in the film Mrs. Black is Back. Madama Butterfly (or sometimes Madame Butterfly in English) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, set in Japan. ... 1914 is a common year starting on Thursday. ...


During World War I, Blandick performed some overseas volunteer work for the American Expeditionary Force in France. She also continued to act on stage and occassionally in silent pictures. World War I was primarily a European conflict with many facets: immense human sacrifice, stalemate trench warfare, and the use of new, devastating weapons - tanks, aircraft, machineguns, and poison gas. ... Officers of the American Expeditionary Force and the Baker mission The American Expeditionary Force or AEF was the United States military force in World War I. The AEF helped the French defend the Western Front during the Aisne Offensive in May. ...


In 1924, she earned rave reviews for her supporting role in the Pulitzer Prize winning play Hell-Bent Fer Heaven, which ran for 122 performances at the Klaw Theatre in New York (later renamed CBS Radio Playhouse No. 2). 1924 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from the revision dated 2005-04-13, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


In 1929, Blandick moved to Hollywood. By the 1930s, she was well-known in theatrical and film circles as an established supporting actress. Though she landed roles like Aunt Polly in the 1930 film Tom Sawyer (a role she reprised in the 1931 film Huckleberry Finn), she spent much of the decade as a character actor, often going uncredited. At a time when many actors were permanently attached to a single studio, Blandick played a wide number of bit parts for almost every major Hollywood studio (though she would later be under contract with Twentieth Century Fox). In 1930, she acted in nine different films. In 1931 she was in thirteen different films. 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., situated northwest of Downtown. ... A supporting actor performs roles in a play or movie other than that of protagonist. ... 1930 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... For Tom Sawyer, British politician and trade unionist, see Tom Sawyer, Baron Sawyer Tom Sawyer is the protagonist of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and a character in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, two Mark Twain novels. ... 1931 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Huckleberry Finn is the protagonist of Mark Twains famous book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... A bit part is a supporting acting role with at least one line of dialogue. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ...


The Wizard of Oz

In 1939, Blandick landed her most memorable minor role yet – Auntie Em in MGM's The Wizard of Oz. Though it was a small part (Blandick filmed all her scenes in a single week), the character was an important symbol of protagonist Dorothy's quest to return home throughout the film. (Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are the only characters from the beginning of the movie not to have alter ego characters in the latter half). Blandick beat out May Robson, Janet Beecher, and Sarah Padden for the role, and earned $750 per week. Hey. ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... May Robson (April 19, 1858 - October 20, 1942) was an Australian-born actress and playwright. ...


Though the Auntie Em character proved memorable to audiences, few fans knew Blandick's name. She was not billed in the opening credits and is listed last in the movie's closing credits. During the years CBS owned the exclusive rights to broadcast Wizard of Oz on television, the network never aired the closing cast list – Blandick's only credit in her most famous film. CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ...


After Wizard of Oz, Blandick returned to her staple of character acting in supporting and bit roles. She would continue to act in a wide variety of roles in dozens of films. She played the spiteful Mrs. Pringle in 1940's Anne of Windy Poplars, a surprised customer in the 1941 Marx Brothers film The Big Store, a fashionable socialite in the 1944 musical Can't Help Singing, and a cold-blooded murderer in the 1947 mystery Philo Vance Returns. Her final two roles both came in 1950 – playing a housekeeper and a landlady in Key to the City and Love That Brute respectively. 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Anne of Windy Poplars also known as Anne of Windy Willows by LM Montgomery is a book about Anne Shirley. ... 1941 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The brothers in Hollywood: (left to right) Chico, Zeppo, Groucho, Harpo The Marx Brothers were a team of sibling comedians that played in vaudeville, stage plays, film and television. ... The Big Store is a 1941 Marx Brothers comedy film in which the brothers work to save Phelps department store The Big Store co-starred Marx Brothers foil Margaret Dumont as well as Tony Martin and Virginia Grey. ... 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1947 was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Philo Vance was a fictional American detective created by S. S. Van Dine in the 1920s who appeared in 12 novels. ... 1950 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


She retired from acting at the age of 69 and went into seclusion at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is a historic hotel located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. ...


Death

Throughout the 1950s, Blandick's health steadily began to fail. She started going blind and began suffering from severe arthritis. On April 15, 1962, she returned home from Palm Sunday services at her church and began rearranging her room, placing her favorite photos and memorabilia in prominent places. She laid out her resume and a collection of press clippings from her lengthy career. Then, immaculately dressed with her hair properly styled, she took an overdose of sleeping pills, lay down on a couch, covered herself with a gold blanket, and tied a plastic bag over her head. She left the following note: “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.” Arthritis (from Greek arthro-, joint + -itis, inflammation) is a group of conditions that affect the health of the bone joints in the body. ... April 15 is the 105th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (106th in leap years). ... 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Palm Sunday is a moveable feast in the church calendar observed by Catholic, Orthodox, and some Protestant Christians. ... A sedative is a drug that depresses the central nervous system (CNS), which causes calmness, relaxation, reduction of anxiety, sleepiness, slowed breathing, slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. ...


She was interred at the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Security (Niche 17230) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale. A mausoleum is a large and impressive tomb, usually constructed for a deceased leader. ... A columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i. ... Gates of Forest Lawn Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California is the original Forest Lawn. ... County Los Angeles County, California Area  - Total  - Water 79. ...


Trivia

Clara Blandick appears as a character in the play The Suicide Manual by Marki Shalloe. It tells the story of a troubled woman contemplating suicide, who is visited by the spirits of various celebrities who killed themselves. The play opened March 3, 2005 at Whole World Theatre in Atlanta. Clara Blandik's role was performed by Frankie Earle. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... 2005(MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Atlanta is the capital and largest city of Georgia, a state of the United States of America. ...


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Clara Blandick - Biography - Moviefone (255 words)
Diminutive actress Clara Blandick was technically a U.S. citizen, since she was born aboard an American ship docked in the harbor of Hong Kong.
Blandick's name does not appear in the opening credits, while the film's closing cast list (in which she is billed last, below Pat Walshe as the head flying monkey) was never telecast during the ten years that CBS owned the TV rights to Wizard.
Clara Blandick retired in 1950; 12 years later, suffering from arthritis and encroaching blindness, she committed suicide in her modest Hollywood apartment.
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