Columbia, South Carolina
|Died||May 13, 1922
|Rosehill Cemetery and Mausoleum|
|Spouse(s)||Robert L. Downing|
Eugenie A. Blair (1864 – May 13, 1922) was an American stage actress best remembered for originating the role of Marthy Owen in the premiere 1921 Broadway presentation of Eugene O'Neill's play Anna Christie. Blair died after a Chicago performance in the play. She was survived by a daughter, the actress Eleanor Montell. Blair had been married to Shakespearean actor Robert L. Downing, her second husband. Blair's Broadway appearances were sporadic until towards the end of her life. She toured extensively in her youth.
She collapsed and died after playing Marthy in Anna Christie in Chicago.
- Eugenie Blair; findagrave memorial
- EUGENIE BLAIR DIES PLAYING STAGE ROLE; Sticks to Her Part, Though Ill, Till Curtain Falls and Then Expires (New York Times, May 15, 1922)
- EUGENIE BLAIR BURIED.; Many Thespians Attend Services for Veteran Actress in Chicago (New York Times, May 18, 1922)
- Eugenie Blair at IBDb
- Eugenie Blair portrait gallery (NY Public Library, Billy Rose collection)
- portraits of her daughter, Eleanor Montell (Univ. of Washington, Sayre collection)
- Eugenie Blair: North American Theatre Online
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