|Born||August 25, 1873|
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 1941 (aged 68)|
|Resting place||Cypress Lawn Memorial Park|
|Occupation||Stage, film actress|
|Spouse(s)||Milton F. Davis (1894–95)|
George Creel(1912–her death)
Blanche Bates (August 25, 1873 – December 25, 1941) was an American actress. She made her début in San Francisco in a benefit performance of Brander Matthews's This Picture and That. Among her early successes were her Mrs. Hillary in The Senator, Phyllis in The Charity Ball, and Nora in A Doll's House. She joined Daly's company in 1898 and, the next year at Daly's Theatre in New York, played Mirtza in The Great Ruby.
For the summer of 1900 Bates did a special engagement at the Elitch Theatre, in Denver, Colorado. Mary Elitch stated that "Very special inducements were made to tempt the star from the attractions of New York, and she came to me with ten trunks full of beautiful gowns and gorgeous costumes for the characters she was to portray." Her first performance was in The Dancing Girl, which was followed by Augustin Daly's The Last Word. Later in the summer she performed as Rosalind in As You Like It. For this production "the back of the building was removed so that the stage extended out beneath the trees."
In 1901 she appeared as Cigarette in Under Two Flags at the Garden Theatre in New York. Thereafter devoting herself to the productions of David Belasco, she won great success in The Darling of the Gods (1902), The Girl of the Golden West (1905), Nobody's Widow (1910) by Avery Hopwood, and after World War I in The Famous Mrs. Fair (1919).
In 1902, H.M. Caldwell Company, New York and Boston, published a lavish souvenir book, Blanche Bates Edition of "Under Two Flags" by Ouida, with handsome illustrated covers, and numerous photographs from the play version (written by Paul M. Potter) starring Bates.
Born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of F. M. Bates, Blanche was educated in the public schools of San Francisco. In 1894 Bates married Milton F. Davis, at the time a cavalry lieutenant in the U.S. Army, but they divorced four weeks later. On November 28, 1912 she married George Creel, a journalist and politician, and they had two children, a son George Jr. and a daughter Frances.
- "Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, v.LXII, n.22, whole no. 1609, p. 102.
- Strang, Famous Actresses of the Day in America (Boston, 1899)
- Dier, Caroline L. (1932). The lady of the Gardens : Mary Elitch Long. Hollycrofters, Inc., Ltd. pp. 60–61. OCLC 307807.
- "Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, p. 102.
- Leonard, John William, ed. (1914), Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915, New York: American Commonwealth Company, p. 82.
- Notable American Women 1607–1950
- "Blanche Bates a Bride". The Monroe News-Star. Monroe, Louisiana. November 28, 1912. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com.
- Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel C. Blum Profile #34 c.1952(this 2nd edition c.1954)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Blanche Bates.|
- Blanche Bates at IMDb
- Blanche Bates at the Internet Broadway Database
- Blanche Bates at Find a Grave
- Blanche Bates portrait gallery from NYP Library Billy Rose Collection
- Blanche Bates University of Washington, Sayre collection
- Blanche Bates with her children, portrait
- children, Frances Creel and George Creel Jr. with a dog(Wayback Machine)