August 6, 1915
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Died||October 6, 2009 (aged 94)|
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart (1936 - 1940, divorce)|
Mike Stokey (1943-1948, divorce)
John Canavan (1983-1996)
Blake was born in Oakland, California as Adele Pearce, and performed under that name until 1942. Following her mother's death when Blake was 3 years old, she went to live with an uncle and aunt, William Bojorques and Gertrude Biddle-Bojorques in Petaluma, California. Her secondary education came at schools in Petaluma and San Francisco.
She went to Hollywood at age 17 after she won a beauty contest.
Blake's film career lasted for a little over 15 years, with her starring mostly in B-movies. Her first film role was uncredited, playing a bit part in the 1934 film Eight Girls on a Boat. However, in 1938 she starred in the western The Utah Trail alongside Tex Ritter. ("It was terrible!" she said in later years. "I never saw it and never wanted to.") She also starred opposite John Wayne in the 1939 film Wyoming Outlaw. This helped her to secure several other western acting roles, many times as the lead heroine.
In 1939 she starred in five films, one of which was a crime drama, one a mystery, and one a western. In total she had roles in some 54 films, as well as a number of starring roles in certain television series. In 1946 she starred in Chick Carter, Detective. Toward the end of her career, she mostly played parts in western genre films and television episodes, such as The Range Rider.
Waco (1952) was Blake's last feature film, and her last role was in the 1954 television pilot, The Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush, which was later released as a film.
Personal life and death
In 1935, Blake was injured in an automobile wreck that might have ended her career. A newspaper article in The Petaluma Argus-Courier in 1940 described her as having emerged from the wrecked car "with a neck badly torn and both eyes and cheeks badly mutilated." Plastic surgery helped her to return to acting.
Blake married three times. In 1936, she eloped to Yuma, Arizona, with actor Malcolm "Bud" Taggert. They divorced in 1940. Her second marriage, in 1943, was to actor, television producer and writer Mike Stokey; it ended in divorce in 1948. They had one son, Mike Stokey II, and a daughter, Barbara. Their son served as a 1st Marine Division combat correspondent during the Vietnam War, and who then began working in the film industry as a military technical advisor, having worked with, among others, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
In 1953, Blake moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, to retire and raise her two children. She married John Canavan, an Air Force master sergeant, in 1983. Blake died of natural causes in a Las Vegas, Nevada care facility in 2009, at age 94.
|1934||Eight Girls in a Boat||School Girl||Uncredited|
|1936||One in a Million||Dancer||Uncredited|
|1938||Island in the Sky||Hatcheck Girl||Uncredited|
|1938||The Utah Trail||Sally Jeffers|
|1939||Sorority House||Merle Scott|
|1939||Wyoming Outlaw||Irene Parker|
|1939||Girl from Rio||Annette Templeton|
|1939||Full Confession||Laura Mahoney|
|1939||Three Sons||Mamie Donaldson|
|1940||Married and in Love||Minor Role||(scenes deleted)|
|1940||Pop Always Pays||Edna Brewster|
|1940||One Crowded Night||Ruth|
|1940||Men Against the Sky||Nurse||Uncredited|
|1940||Too Many Girls||Coed||Uncredited|
|1941||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Lily|
|1941||No Greater Sin||Betty James later Betty Thorne|
|1942||This Gun for Hire||Annie|
|1942||Maisie Gets Her Man||Elsie|
|1942||The Omaha Trail||Julie Santley|
|1942||Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant||Jimmy James||Uncredited|
|1943||Kid Dynamite||Ivy McGinnis|
|1943||Swing Shift Maisie||Billie|
|1943||The Unknown Guest||Julie|
|1945||Three's a Crowd||Diane Whipple|
|1945||Why Girls Leave Home||Diana Leslie|
|1945||Captain Tugboat Annie||Marion Graves|
|1946||Live Wires||Mary Mahoney|
|1946||Partners in Time||Elizabeth Meadows|
|1946||Mysterious Intruder||Elora Lund|
|1946||The Runaround||Coffee Shop Waitress||Uncredited|
|1946||Chick Carter, Detective||Ellen Dale||Serial|
|1946||The Mysterious Mr. M||Shirley Clinton|
|1946||Rolling Home||Pamela Crawford|
|1947||The Sea Hound||Ann Whitney||Serial|
|1948||Stage Struck||Janet Winters|
|1948||Son of God's Country||Cathy Thornton|
|1948||Highway 13||Doris Lacy|
|1949||Ghost of Zorro||Rita White|
|1949||Sky Liner||Carol, TWA Stewardess|
|1950||Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey||Anne Howe Palooka|
|1950||The Daltons' Women||Joan Talbot|
|1950||Federal Man||Mrs. Judith Palmer|
|1950||Border Rangers||Ellen Reed|
|1951||Danger Zone||Vicki Jason||(2nd episode)|
|1954||Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush||Betty Johnson|
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