Blanche Friderici

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Blanche Friderici
Blanche Friderici in Man of the Forest.jpg
Blanche Friderici in Man of the Forest (1933)
Born (1878-01-21)January 21, 1878
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died December 23, 1933(1933-12-23) (aged 55)
Visalia, California, U.S.
Cause of death heart attack
Other names Blanche Frederici
Occupation Actress
Years active 1914–1933
Spouse(s) Donald Campbell (?-1933) (her death)

Blanche L. Friderici (January 21, 1878 – December 23, 1933), sometimes credited as Blanche Frederici, was an American film and stage actress.


Friderici did not aspire to be an actress, but rather an acting and elocution teacher.[1][2] However, her eyesight began to fail, to the point she could no longer read, so she turned to acting.[1] An admirer of her recitals introduced her to impresario David Belasco, who cast her in The Darling of the Gods.[1]

Between 1914 and 1927, Friderici appeared in nine Broadway theatre productions in New York City, including a production of 39 East (opened 1919)[3] and as Mrs. Davidson in the play Rain.[4]

Friderici appeared in sixty films from 1920 to 1934. Her début was as Miss McMasters in the film adaptation of 39 East (1920). In Night Nurse (1931), which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Clark Gable, she played a housekeeper too frightened to protect two children from a murder attempt. She portrayed a chaperone in Flying Down to Rio (1933). Her last film role was as a motel owner's wife in It Happened One Night (1934).


On her way by automobile to attend a Christmas service at General Grant National Park with her stage manager husband, Donald Campbell, she died of a heart attack,[4] just after they reached Visalia, California. She was 55.

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  1. ^ a b c "The Cat and the Kidney". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 24, 1922. p. 31 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Miss Blanche L. Friderici.". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1900. p. 86 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Blanche Friderici on Internet Movie Database. Accessed August 23, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Noted Actress Dies After Trip to Nation's Tree". The Fresno Bee. December 25, 1933. p. 26 – via  open access publication – free to read

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