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Blanche Mehaffey

Blanche Mehaffey
Blanche Berndt Mehaffey poster, 1907(mother of Blanche Mehaffey)
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Birth dateJuly 28, 1908
Date of deathMarch 31, 1968(age 59)

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Blanche Mehaffey (July 28, 1908 March 31, 1968) was an American showgirl and film actress from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her hair was an auburn color.

She was the daughter of Edward Mehaffey and his wife soprano Blanche Berndt. She had a brother Edward Mehaffey Jr.

Mehaffey started as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies before coming to Hollywood to play comedy roles in motion pictures. Show producer Florenz Ziegfeld said she possessed the most beautiful eyes in the entire world. She was among the Baby Stars of 1924 chosen by the Wampas. Others in the group were Clara Bow, Dorothy Mackaill, and Hazel Keener.

Her debut in movies was in the silent film Fully Insured (1923) at Hal Roach . She played in many Hal Roach comedies for a number of years with her leading men usually Charley Chase and later Glenn Tryon. She occasionally appeared in features such A Woman of the World with Pola Negri.

She dropped out of filming to study voice and languages for over a year in New York City. Mehaffey returned to movies in Sunrise Trail (1931), a film which featured her playing opposite cowboy star Bob Steele. The motion picture was her first talking movie.

Mehaffey wed oil well supply dealer George Joseph Hausen at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles, California in January 1928. They stayed married only ten weeks before the actress obtained a divorce decree.

Blanche Mehaffey died in Los Angeles, California in 1968, aged 59.

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