Gender
Female
Born
Jun 19, 1887
Died
Jun 06, 1974
New York, New York, USA
Director Performer Writer
Relations
Wife of
Ian Keith (1922 - 1928) divorced
Comments
Some sources say that she was born in Bohemia (modern day Czechoslovakia) and came to the United States (Minnesota) as an infant with her parents; other sources claim she was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. No records exist that confirm either birthplace.
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  • CREDITS
    Dinner at Eight (Sep 27, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mrs. Wendel]
    PlayComedyRevival
    Jane Eyre (May 01, 1958 - Jun 14, 1958)
    • Also Starring: Blanche Yurka [Mrs. Fairfax]
    PlayRomanceOriginal
    Diary of a Scoundrel (Nov 04, 1956 - Nov 25, 1956)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Madame Sofia Tourousina]
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Carefree Tree (Oct 11, 1955 - Oct 30, 1955)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [The Empress Dowager]
    PlayPlay with musicOriginal
    Temper the Wind (Dec 27, 1946 - Jan 25, 1947)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Sophie von Gutzkow]
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Oedipus Rex (Dec 16, 1945 - Dec 1945)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayTragedyRevival
    The Wind Is Ninety (Jun 21, 1945 - Sep 22, 1945)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Nana]
    PlayOriginal
    The Barber Had Two Sons (Feb 01, 1943 - Feb 20, 1943)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka ["Ma"]
    PlayOriginal
    Gloriana (Nov 25, 1938 - Nov 1938)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Elizabeth of England]
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Spring in Autumn (Oct 24, 1933 - Nov 1933)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Madame Elena Alcara]
    • Written by Blanche Yurka
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Comic Artist (Apr 19, 1933 - May 1933)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Eleanor Rolf]
    PlayOriginal
    Lucrece (Dec 20, 1932 - Jan 1933)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [First Narrator]
    PlayOriginal
    Carry Nation (Oct 29, 1932 - Nov 1932)
    • Staged by Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Troilus and Cressida (Jun 06, 1932 - Jun 13, 1932)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Helen]
    PlayTragedyOriginal
    Electra (Jan 08, 1932 - Jan 1932)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Electra]
    PlayTragedyRevival
    The Vikings (May 12, 1930 - May 1930)
    • Directed by Blanche Yurka
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Hjordis]
    PlayDramaOriginal
    The Lady from the Sea (Mar 18, 1929 - Apr 1929)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Ellida]
    PlayDramaRevival
    Hedda Gabler (Feb 02, 1929 - Feb 1929)
    • Directed by Blanche Yurka
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Hedda Tesman]
    PlayDramaRevival
    The Wild Duck (Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 1929)
    • Directed by Blanche Yurka
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gina]
    PlayDramaRevival
    The Squall (Nov 11, 1926 - Dec 1927)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Dolores Mendez]
    PlayDramaOriginal
    The Goat Song (Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 1926)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mirko's Mother]
    PlayOriginal
    The Sea Woman (Aug 24, 1925 - Sep 1925)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Molla Hansen]
    PlayOriginal
    The Wild Duck (Feb 24, 1925 - May 1925)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gina]
    PlayDramaRevival
    Man and the Masses (Apr 14, 1924 - Jun 1924)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [The Woman]
    PlayTragedyOriginal
    Hamlet (Nov 26, 1923 - Dec 1923)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gertrude]
    PlayTragedyRevival
    Hamlet (Nov 16, 1922 - Feb 1923)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gertrude]
    PlayTragedyRevival
    The Law Breaker (Feb 01, 1922 - Apr 1922)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Joan Fowler]
    PlayMelodramaOriginal
    The Wife With the Smile and Bourbouroche (Nov 28, 1921 - Dec 1921)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mme. Beudet]
    PlayComedy TragedyOriginal
    Enter Madame (Aug 16, 1920 - Apr 1922)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayComedyOriginal
    The Americans in France (Aug 03, 1920 - Aug 1920)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Henriette Charvet]
    PlayComedyOriginal
    Musk (Mar 13, 1920 - Mar 1920)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Elizabeth]
    PlayDramaOriginal
    Information Please (Oct 02, 1918 - Nov 1918)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Edith Bacon]
    PlayOriginal
    Allegiance (Aug 01, 1918 - Sep 1918)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Daybreak (Aug 14, 1917 - Oct 1917)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Our American Cousin (Nov 29, 1915 - Jan 1916)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Florence Trenchard]
    PlayComedyRevival
    The Two Virtues (Oct 04, 1915 - Nov 1915)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Three of Hearts (Jun 03, 1915 - Jun 1915)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Secret Strings (Dec 28, 1914 - Jan 1915)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    The House of Bondage (Jan 19, 1914 - Jan 1914)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    An Old New Yorker (Apr 03, 1911 - Apr 16, 1911)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka
    PlayOriginal
    Is Matrimony a Failure? (Aug 24, 1909 - Jan 1910)
    • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Helen Hoyt]
    PlayComedyOriginal
Dinner at Eight (Sep 27, 1966 - Jan 14, 1967)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mrs. Wendel]
PlayComedyRevival
Jane Eyre (May 01, 1958 - Jun 14, 1958)
  • Also Starring: Blanche Yurka [Mrs. Fairfax]
PlayRomanceOriginal
Diary of a Scoundrel (Nov 04, 1956 - Nov 25, 1956)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Madame Sofia Tourousina]
PlayComedyOriginal
The Carefree Tree (Oct 11, 1955 - Oct 30, 1955)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [The Empress Dowager]
PlayPlay with musicOriginal
Temper the Wind (Dec 27, 1946 - Jan 25, 1947)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Sophie von Gutzkow]
PlayDramaOriginal
Oedipus Rex (Dec 16, 1945 - Dec 1945)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayTragedyRevival
The Wind Is Ninety (Jun 21, 1945 - Sep 22, 1945)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Nana]
PlayOriginal
The Barber Had Two Sons (Feb 01, 1943 - Feb 20, 1943)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka ["Ma"]
PlayOriginal
Gloriana (Nov 25, 1938 - Nov 1938)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Elizabeth of England]
PlayComedyOriginal
Spring in Autumn (Oct 24, 1933 - Nov 1933)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Madame Elena Alcara]
  • Written by Blanche Yurka
PlayComedyOriginal
The Comic Artist (Apr 19, 1933 - May 1933)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Eleanor Rolf]
PlayOriginal
Lucrece (Dec 20, 1932 - Jan 1933)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [First Narrator]
PlayOriginal
Carry Nation (Oct 29, 1932 - Nov 1932)
  • Staged by Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Troilus and Cressida (Jun 06, 1932 - Jun 13, 1932)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Helen]
PlayTragedyOriginal
Electra (Jan 08, 1932 - Jan 1932)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Electra]
PlayTragedyRevival
The Vikings (May 12, 1930 - May 1930)
  • Directed by Blanche Yurka
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Hjordis]
PlayDramaOriginal
The Lady from the Sea (Mar 18, 1929 - Apr 1929)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Ellida]
PlayDramaRevival
Hedda Gabler (Feb 02, 1929 - Feb 1929)
  • Directed by Blanche Yurka
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Hedda Tesman]
PlayDramaRevival
The Wild Duck (Nov 19, 1928 - Jan 1929)
  • Directed by Blanche Yurka
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gina]
PlayDramaRevival
The Squall (Nov 11, 1926 - Dec 1927)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Dolores Mendez]
PlayDramaOriginal
The Goat Song (Jan 25, 1926 - Mar 1926)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mirko's Mother]
PlayOriginal
The Sea Woman (Aug 24, 1925 - Sep 1925)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Molla Hansen]
PlayOriginal
The Wild Duck (Feb 24, 1925 - May 1925)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gina]
PlayDramaRevival
Man and the Masses (Apr 14, 1924 - Jun 1924)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [The Woman]
PlayTragedyOriginal
Hamlet (Nov 26, 1923 - Dec 1923)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gertrude]
PlayTragedyRevival
Hamlet (Nov 16, 1922 - Feb 1923)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Gertrude]
PlayTragedyRevival
The Law Breaker (Feb 01, 1922 - Apr 1922)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Joan Fowler]
PlayMelodramaOriginal
The Wife With the Smile and Bourbouroche (Nov 28, 1921 - Dec 1921)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Mme. Beudet]
PlayComedy TragedyOriginal
Enter Madame (Aug 16, 1920 - Apr 1922)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayComedyOriginal
The Americans in France (Aug 03, 1920 - Aug 1920)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Henriette Charvet]
PlayComedyOriginal
Musk (Mar 13, 1920 - Mar 1920)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Elizabeth]
PlayDramaOriginal
Information Please (Oct 02, 1918 - Nov 1918)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Edith Bacon]
PlayOriginal
Allegiance (Aug 01, 1918 - Sep 1918)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Daybreak (Aug 14, 1917 - Oct 1917)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Our American Cousin (Nov 29, 1915 - Jan 1916)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Florence Trenchard]
PlayComedyRevival
The Two Virtues (Oct 04, 1915 - Nov 1915)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Three of Hearts (Jun 03, 1915 - Jun 1915)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Secret Strings (Dec 28, 1914 - Jan 1915)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
The House of Bondage (Jan 19, 1914 - Jan 1914)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
An Old New Yorker (Apr 03, 1911 - Apr 16, 1911)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka
PlayOriginal
Is Matrimony a Failure? (Aug 24, 1909 - Jan 1910)
  • Performer: Blanche Yurka [Helen Hoyt]
PlayComedyOriginal

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