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Blanche Yurka

Blanche Yurka
Personal information
Birth dateJune 18, 1887
Place of birthSt. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Date of deathJune 6, 1974(age 86)
Death placeNew York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1910 - 67
SpouseIan Keith (1922-26) (divorced)

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Blanche Yurka (June 18, 1887 - June 6, 1974) was an American theatre and film actress.

Born in St Paul, Minnesota, Yurka was an opera star before she became an actress. She made her Broadway debut in 1910 and established herself as a character actor, also appearing in several films. In addition to her many stage roles, including Queen Gertrude opposite John Barrymore's Hamlet, she was an occasional director and playwright. She remained active in theatre and film until the late 1960s.

Her most famous film role was as Madame Defarge in MGM's 1935 version of A Tale of Two Cities (1935), but she was also the compassionate aunt in The Song of Bernadette. Another memorable role was in The Southerner.

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