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.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn 1960 her daughter Diana Barrymore died at age thirty-eight after several years of drug and alcohol addiction. Her older son Leonard was married to painter Yvonne Thomas and they had two daughters together, the only grandchildren of Blanche Oelrichs.
Starting in the summer of 1940 until her death, Oelrichs was in a long-term relationship with Margaret Wise Brown, the author of many children's books. The relationship began as something of a mentoring one, but became a romantic relationship and they lived together at 10 Gracie Square beginning in 1943.
In 1940, Blanche Oelrichs published her autobiography, "Who Tells Me True."
More DetailsHide DetailsIn 1942 she and Harrison Tweed divorced and in 1944 her son Robin died at the age of twenty-nine.
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.
More DetailsHide DetailsDuring the second half of the 1930s Oelrichs hosted a poetry and music program on New York radio station WOR that gained a strong audience.
She then joined a summer stock company in Salem, Massachusetts and appeared in two Broadway plays in 1926 and 1927.
In 1921, Oelrichs was among the first to join the Lucy Stone League, an organization that fought for women to preserve their maiden names after marriage.
More DetailsHide DetailsBlanche Oelrichs spent a great deal of time in Paris, France during the next few years while her husband performed abroad. After returning to live in New York, she began acting in live theatre.
She then turned her writing skills to the creation of theatrical plays including a 1921 Broadway production titled "Clair de lune."
More DetailsHide DetailsBased on "L'Homme qui rit" by Victor Hugo, her play starred her husband and his sister Ethel Barrymore. It was made into a 1932 movie of the same name in France by director Henri Diamant-Berger.
With drawings provided by John Barrymore, Blanche Oelrichs published a book in 1921 titled "Resurrecting Life."
Her interests caused a rift with her husband and they divorced in 1919.
More DetailsHide DetailsThrough her social activities, Blanche Oelrichs met renowned actor John Barrymore. They were introduced by actress Cathleen Nesbitt, Barrymore's leading woman in the 1916 play Justice.
Her first collection of poems was published in 1916 under the pen name Michael Strange.
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).
More DetailsHide DetailsLeonard Moorhead Thomas was a Yale University graduate who had worked in the diplomatic service in Rome and Madrid and served with the United States Army in Europe during World War I, earning the Croix de Guerre.
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