Blossom Rock

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Blossom Rock
Born Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald
(1895-08-21)August 21, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 14, 1978(1978-01-14) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Memory Slope #1183
Occupation Actress
Years active 1923–1966
Spouse(s) Clarence Rock (1926-1960; widowed)

Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald (August 21, 1895 – January 14, 1978), also known or credited as Blossom Rock, Blossom MacDonald or Marie Blake, was an American actress of stage and television. She was the middle sister of three. Her younger sister was screen actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Daniel and Anne MacDonald in 1895. As a youth she performed on the vaudeville stage with her younger sister, Jeanette, and later with her husband, actor Clarence Rock (died 1960), whom she married in 1926. She and Rock had married in 1926; they had no children. She also had an elder sister, Elsie MacDonald, with whom she appeared onstage and in vaudeville.[citation needed]


She later performed in films, credited as Marie Blake, appearing opposite Joan Crawford in her uncredited debut. Her first credited major part was Love Finds Andy Hardy. She became better known, however, as the hospital switchboard operator in the Dr. Kildare movie franchise, in television, and on Broadway. She later became famous (if not by name) for her television role playing "Grandmama" on The Addams Family.

Credited Professional Names[edit]

Many times actors are asked to change their name whether they want to or not. In most cases a movie contract will change their mind. She was known in vaudeville, as well as at home, as Blossom, but agents and producers gave her the name Marie Blake, which she went by on screen from 1937 to 1952. When she was no longer under the thumb of an agent or any movie contract, she changed her professional name back to Blossom and used her married last name. Many friends in the business considered her name change as a career killer after making a name for herself for fifteen years. She felt that the bit parts she played on TV and movies in the late 40’s and early 50’s weren't going to be that memorable, and no one would remember her.


She died on January 14, 1978, in Los Angeles, California, aged 82. Her grave is located at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.


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