Blanche Oelrichs

American actor and writer Blanche Oelrichs

Blanche Oelrichs was an American poet, playwright, and theatre actress known by the pseudonym, "Michael Strange."
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  • 1950
    Age 59
    Blanche Oelrichs died from leukemia in 1950 in Boston.
  • 1944
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 1940
    Age 49
    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."
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  • 1928
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1926
    Age 35
    She then joined a summer stock company in Salem, Massachusetts and appeared in two Broadway plays in 1926 and 1927.
  • 1925
    Age 34
    Her marriage to John Barrymore ended in May 1925.
  • 1921
    Age 30
    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.
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    She then turned her writing skills to the creation of theatrical plays including a 1921 Broadway production titled "Clair de lune."
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    With drawings provided by John Barrymore, Blanche Oelrichs published a book in 1921 titled "Resurrecting Life."
    She was already several months' pregnant with their only child, Diana Blanche Barrymore, who was born on March 3, 1921.
  • 1920
    Age 29
    Blanche continued seeing him for four years; and, after divorcing Thomas, she married Barrymore on August 5, 1920.
  • 1919
    Age 28
    Her interests caused a rift with her husband and they divorced in 1919.
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  • 1916
    Age 25
    Her first collection of poems was published in 1916 under the pen name Michael Strange.
  • 1914
    Age 23
    Blanche Oelrichs developed a "literary urge" in 1914 when she began creating works of poetry and theatrical plays.
  • 1910
    Age 19
    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).
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  • 1890
    Born on October 1, 1890.
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