Blanche Oelrichs

Blanche Oelrichs

Actor and Writer
Born Oct 1, 1890

Blanche Oelrichs was an American poet, playwright, and theatre actress known by the pseudonym, "Michael Strange."

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1890 Birth Born on October 1, 1890.


1910 19 Years Old On January 26, 1910, Blanche Oelrichs married Leonard Moorhead Thomas, the son of a prominent Philadelphia banker, with whom she had two children, Leonard Jr. (1911–68) and Robin May Thomas (1915–44). … Read More


1916 25 Years Old Using the pen name Michael Strange, she had her first collection of poems published in 1916. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old Blanche continued seeing him for four years; and, after divorcing Thomas, she married Barrymore on August 5, 1920, when she was already several months' pregnant with their only child, Diana Blanche Barrymore, who was born on March 3, 1921.


With drawings provided by John Barrymore, Blanche Oelrichs published a book in 1921 titled "Resurrecting Life."
1925 34 Years Old After her marriage to John Barrymore ended in May 1925 she performed on stage with a summer stock company in Salem, Massachusetts and appeared in two Broadway plays in 1926 and 1927.
1928 37 Years Old Another book of Oelrichs' poetry was published in 1928 under the title "Selected poems, by Michael Strange" and the following year she married a third time to the prominent New York attorney Harrison Tweed who later became Chairman of Sarah Lawrence College. … Read More


1940 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1940, Blanche Oelrichs published her autobiography, "Who Tells Me True." … Read More


1950 60 Years Old Blanche Oelrichs died from leukemia in 1950 in Boston. … Read More
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