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 In 1910, Blanche Oelrichs married her first husband 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


1914 23 Years Old Blanche Oelrichs developed a "literary urge" in 1914 when she began creating works of poetry and theatrical plays.
1916 25 Years Old Her first collection of poems was published in 1916 under the pen name Michael Strange.
1919 28 Years Old Her interests caused a rift with her husband and they divorced in 1919. … Read More
1920 29 Years Old Blanche continued seeing him for four years; and, after divorcing Thomas, she married Barrymore on August 5, 1920.


She was already several months' pregnant with their only child, Diana Blanche Barrymore, who was born on March 3, 1921.
1925 34 Years Old Her marriage to John Barrymore ended in May 1925.
1926 35 Years Old She then joined 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


1944 53 Years Old She was interred with her son Robin, who'd died in 1944, in the Oelrichs family plot in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York. … Read More


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