Clara Blandick

Clara Blandick

Highest Rated: 100% Gentleman Jim (1942)

Lowest Rated: 17% She-Wolf of London (The Curse of the Allenbys) (1946)

Birthday: Invalid date

Birthplace: Not Available

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. She remained in Hong Kong with her family, making her stage debut in Richard Lovelace with visiting actor E. H. Sothern. Blandick made her first film in 1910, but she preferred the theatre, where she could count on being cast in leading roles. Nearly fifty when talkies came in, Blandick slipped easily into such character roles as Aunt Polly in Tom Sawyer (1930) and Huckleberry Finn (1931). By the mid 1930s she was a day player, appearing in unbilled bits and supporting parts in a number of top productions including A Star is Born (1937). In 1939, she was cast in her most memorable role, as Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Ironically, many Wizard of Oz fans of the 1950s and 1960s didn't know the real name of the actress portraying Auntie Em; Ms. 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. After her week's work as Auntie Em, Blandick went back to playing tiny uncredited roles in "A" pictures like One Foot in Heaven (1941) and The Big Store (1941), as well as good supporting parts in such "B" efforts as Pillow of Death (1945) and Philo Vance Returns (1947) -- playing a cold-blooded killer in the latter film. Clara Blandick retired in 1950; 12 years later, suffering from arthritis and encroaching blindness, she committed suicide in her modest Hollywood apartment.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Key to the City Liza 1950
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch Susan Balmuss 1949
91% Life With Father Mrs. Wiggins 1947
No Score Yet A Stolen Life Martha 1946
17% She-Wolf of London (The Curse of the Allenbys) Mrs. McBroom 1946
No Score Yet So Goes My Love Mrs. Meade 1946
No Score Yet People Are Funny Grandma 1946
No Score Yet Frontier Gal Abigail 1945
No Score Yet Pillow of Death Belle Kincaid 1945
No Score Yet Can't Help Singing Aunt Cissy 1944
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Old Lady 1943
85% Heaven Can Wait Grandmother 1943
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Mrs. Beasley 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Actor 1942
100% One Foot in Heaven Mrs. Watkins 1941
No Score Yet It Started with Eve Nurse 1941
67% The Big Store Actor 1941
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night Mrs. Williams 1941
No Score Yet Dreaming Out Loud Jessica Spence 1940
No Score Yet Anne of Windy Poplars Mrs. Morton Pringle 1940
No Score Yet Tomboy Martha 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Mrs. Burns 1940
82% Drums Along the Mohawk Mrs. Borst 1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker Miss Esther Jones 1939
98% The Wizard of Oz Auntie Em $3.9M 1939
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn Miss Watson 1939
No Score Yet Professor Beware Mrs. Green the Landlady 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Actor 1938
No Score Yet The Road Back Woman 1937
100% A Star Is Born Aunt Mattie 1937
No Score Yet Small Town Boy Mrs. Armstrong 1937
No Score Yet The Gorgeous Hussy Louisa Abbott 1936
No Score Yet Hearts Divided Aunt Ellen 1936
100% Fury Judge's Wife 1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine Landlady 1936
20% Anthony Adverse Mrs. Jorham 1936
No Score Yet In His Steps Martha Adams 1936
100% Broadway Bill Mrs. Peterson, secretary 1934
No Score Yet As the Earth Turns Actor 1934
No Score Yet The Girl From Missouri (100 Per Cent Pure) (Born to Be Kissed) Miss Newberry 1934
No Score Yet The President Vanishes Mrs. Delling 1934
No Score Yet Sisters Under the Skin Miss Gower 1934
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart Anna 1933
No Score Yet Three Cornered Moon Landlady 1933
100% The Bitter Tea of General Yen Mrs. Jackson 1933
No Score Yet Rockabye Actor 1933
No Score Yet The Mind Reader Auntie 1933
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon Mrs. Brush 1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match Mrs. Keaton 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Mrs. Tarleton 1932
No Score Yet Shopworn Mrs. Helen Livingston 1932
No Score Yet Possessed Mother 1931
No Score Yet New Adventures of Get Rich Quick Wallingford Layton 1931
No Score Yet Murder at Midnight Aunt Mildred 1931
No Score Yet Daybreak Frau Hoffman 1931
No Score Yet Drums of Jeopardy (Mark of Terror) Aunt Abbie 1931
No Score Yet Dance, Fools, Dance Actor 1931
No Score Yet Inspiration Actor 1931
No Score Yet Laughing Sinners Actor 1931
No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Aunt Polly 1930
No Score Yet Romance Miss Armstrong 1930
No Score Yet The Sins of the Children Martha Wagenkampf 1930
No Score Yet The Girl Said No Mrs. Ward 1930
No Score Yet Wise Girls Ma Bence 1929
80% Going Hollywood Miss Perkins 1923


Auntie Em says: Almira Gulch, just because you own half the county doesn't mean that you have the power to run the rest of us. For twenty-three years, I've been dying to tell you what I thought of you! And now... well, being a Christian woman, I can't say it!