Mari Blanchard
Actor
Mari Blanchard
Mari Blanchard was an American actress, known for her roles as a B movie femme fatale in American films of the 1950s and early 1960s.
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    FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 42
    Died in 1970.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 35
    After abandoning her film career upon the release of her final film, McLintock! in 1963, Blanchard retired, acting in just a few TV programs afterward.
    More Details Hide Details She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1960s. Following a long struggle she died at the age of 43 in Woodland Hills, California.
    In 1963, she had a small but flamboyant role in a John Wayne film, McLintock!
    More Details Hide Details Blanchard was married three times, to lawyer Reese Hale Taylor, then to George Shepard (1965-66) and Vincent J. Conti (1967-70).
  • 1962
    Age 34
    In 1962, she guest starred as murder victim Irene Chase in a Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Melancholy Marksman."
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  • 1960
    Age 32
    In the 1960–1961 television season, Blanchard starred as Kathy O'Hara in the NBC Western series Klondike with Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, and Joi Lansing.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared as Margarita Colinas with Cesar Romero in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Stalking Death".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 27
    In 1955, she appeared in "Escape From Fear", an episode of the television series Climax!
    More Details Hide Details She also was featured in Son of Sinbad (1955) and The She Devil (1957). An attack of appendicitis during the filming of The She Devil landed Blanchard in the hospital.
  • 1953
    Age 25
    One of her most memorable roles was the Venusian queen, Allura, in the 1953 comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars.
    More Details Hide Details She starred in Destry (1954), a western with Audie Murphy, reprising a role that Marlene Dietrich had played in the story's original version, Destry Rides Again, but changing the character's name from "Frenchy" to "Brandy."
    She co-starred with Victor Mature in a 1953 adventure movie, The Veils of Bagdad.
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  • 1951
    Age 23
    Blanchard found limited success as an actress. From 1951 to 1952, she took small roles in a number of films at MGM, RKO, and Paramount, until she was signed by Universal-International in 1952.
    More Details Hide Details Her first film at the studio was Back at the Front (1952).
  • 1950
    Age 22
    Blanchard began appearing in films after she was seen by a producer in an advertisement for bubble bath in 1950.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Blanchard was born on April 13, 1927 in Long Beach, California.
    More Details Hide Details A polio victim at age 9, Blanchard's health eventually improved enough that she ran away from home and joined a circus in her teens. She then attended the University of Southern California, University of California, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara State College. In the late 1940s, Blanchard became a successful print model and film extra.
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