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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)

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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]

CareerEdit

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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Dr. Kildare movie series. She later became famous (if not by name) for her television role playing "Grandmama" on The Addams Family.

DeathEdit

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

Selected filmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. Lulu.com. 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 Newspapers.com.     
  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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