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Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald (August 21, 1895 – January 14, 1978), known as Blossom Rock, was an American actress of vaudeville, stage, television, and film, and comedienne. She was occasionally billed as Marie Blake or Blossom MacDonald. Her younger sister was screen actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.[1]

Blossom Rock
Born Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald
(1895-08-21)August 21, 1895
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died January 14, 1978(1978-01-14) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale Memory Slope #1183
Occupation Actress
Years active 1923–1966
Spouse(s) Clarence W. Rock (1926-1960; widowed)


Personal lifeEdit

Blossom Rock was born on August 21, 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[2] She was the second of three daughters born to Anna May (née Wright; July, 1871 – May 16, 1947) and Daniel MacDonald (April, 1869 – August 8, 1924). As a youth, she performed on the vaudeville stage with her younger sister, Jeanette, and later with her husband, actor Clarence W. Rock,[3] whom she married in 1926. They had no children. She also had an elder sister, Elsie MacDonald, with whom she appeared on stage and in vaudeville.[citation needed]


She later performed in films, credited as Marie Blake, appearing opposite Joan Crawford in her uncredited debut. Her first credited major part was Love Finds Andy Hardy. She became better known, however, as Sally, the hospital switchboard operator in the Dr. Kildare movie series. She later became famous in 1964 (if not by name) for her two season role on the small screen playing "Grandmama" on the ABC Television Network series The Addams Family.


She died on January 14, 1978, in Los Angeles, California, at age 82. She was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.[4]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ Mansour, David (2011). From Abba to Zoom: A Pop Culture Encyclopedia of the Late 20th Century. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 190. ISBN 9780740793073. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Rowan, Terry. character-Based Film Series Part 1. p. 60. ISBN 9781365421051. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "J. MacDonald's Sis Plays Granny Addams". El Paso Herald-Post. Texas, El Paso. July 17, 1965. p. 30. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via     
  4. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. pp. 637–638. ISBN 9780786479924. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 

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