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Clara Blandick



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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
91% 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
80% Drums Along the Mohawk
  • Mrs. Borst
1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker
  • Miss Esther Jones
1939
99% The Wizard of Oz
  • Auntie Em
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
100% Fury
  • Judge's Wife
1936
No Score Yet Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Landlady
1936
13% Anthony Adverse
  • Mrs. Jorham
1936
No Score Yet In His Steps
  • Martha Adams
1936
No Score Yet 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 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 The Mind Reader
  • Auntie
1933
No Score Yet Rockabye
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet One Sunday Afternoon
  • Mrs. Brush
1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Mrs. Keaton
1932
No Score Yet Shopworn
  • Mrs. Helen Livingston
1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade
  • Mrs. Tarleton
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
No Score Yet Going Hollywood
  • Miss Perkins
1923

Quotes from Clara Blandick's Characters