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Blanche Yurka (1887–1974)

This imposing-looking stage star of early 20th century Broadway was born Blanche Jurka to Bohemian immigrants on June 18, 1887 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Some references claim that she was brought to the United States as an infant and then raised in St. Paul. Her Czech parents saw a blossoming singing talent in their daughter and used their modest ... See full bio »

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A Tale of Two Cities
A Tale of Two Cities Madame Therese De Farge
The Song of Bernadette
The Song of Bernadette Aunt Bernarde Casterot
The Southerner
The Southerner Mama Tucker
One Body Too Many


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 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
- The Betrayal (1962)
 1961 Great Ghost Tales (TV Series)
 1961 Witchcraft (TV Movie)
Madame Tirelou
 1959 Thunder in the Sun
Louise Dauphin
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
- The Prowler (1956) ... Margaret
 1954 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series)
- Crimson Velvet (1953)
 1953 Taxi
Mrs. Nielson
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Marriage Is the Beginning (1952) ... Mother-in-Law
 1952 At Sword's Point
Madame Michom
 1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Ponzi Story (1950)
 1950 Masterpiece Playhouse (TV Series)
- Richard III (1950)
 1950 The Furies
Herrera Mother
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1947 The Flame
Aunt Margaret
 1946 13 Rue Madeleine
Madame Thillot (uncredited)
 1945 The Southerner
Mama Tucker
 1944 One Body Too Many
 1943 Hitler's Madman
Frau Anna Hanka (uncredited)
 1943 Tonight We Raid Calais
Widow Grelieu
 1942 A Night to Remember
Mrs. Salter
 1942 Keeper of the Flame
Mrs. Anna Taylor (uncredited)
 1942 Pacific Rendezvous
Mrs. Savarina
 1942 Lady for a Night
Julia Anderson
 1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring
Mrs. Augusta Stack
 1940 Escape
 1940 City for Conquest
Mrs. Nash
 1940 Queen of the Mob
Ma Webster
 1919 She's Everywhere (Short)
 1917 National Red Cross Pageant
Truth - Final episode
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Blanche avoided films until she saw the brilliance of the movie The Informer (1935). Stage star Alla Nazimova was indirectly responsible for her getting the role of Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities (1935). They had never met but when the part was offered to the silent screen star, she felt it was not right for her and told them the only person she thought could play the part was Blanche. ... See more »

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