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Blanche Bates

Blanche Bates
Personal information
Birth dateAugust 25, 1873
Place of birthPortland, Oregon
Date of deathDecember 25, 1941(age 68)
Death placeSan Francisco, California
OccupationStage, film actress
SpouseMilton F. Davis
George Creel

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Blanche Bates (25 August 1873 - 25 December 1941) was an American actress, born at Portland, Ore. She made her début in San Francisco in a benefit performance of Brander Matthews's This Picture and That. Among her early successes were her Mrs. Hillary in The Senator, Phyllis in The Charity Ball, and Nora in A Doll's House. She joined Daly's company in 1898 and the next year at Daly's Theatre, New York, played Mirtza in The Great Ruby. In 1901 she appeared as Cigarette in Under the Two Flags at the Garden Theatre in New York. Thereafter devoting herself to the productions of David Belasco, she won great success in The Darling of the Gods (1902) and The Girl of the Golden West (1905) and after World War I in The Famous Mrs. Fair.

In 1902, H.M. Caldwell Company, New York and Boston, published a lavish Blanche Bates Edition of "Under Two Flags" by Ouida, with handsome illustrated covers, and numerous photographs from the play version starring Miss Bates.

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