Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still youngsters.
Marie went to New York where she wed Clarence Rock in 1926; they toured in vaudeville for three years. When vaudeville died she toured with her husband in "Grand Hotel" and, in 1936, played a streetwalker in "Dead End." The MGM talent agent who saw her in this signed her to the same studio as her now-famous sister Jeanette. Re-named Marie Blake, she debuted in Joan Crawford`s Mannequin (1937) and, in 1938, she became established as Sally the phone operator in the Dr. Kildare series. After the last of these in 1947, she left MGM, freelancing and doing bit parts. She appeared in television often, becoming widely known through the part of Grandmama in "The Addams Family" (1964) series.
Full Name at Birth
Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald
Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald (August 21, 1895 – January 14, 1978), also known or credited as Blossom Rock, Blossom MacDonald or Marie Blake, was an American actress of stage, film and television. Her younger sister was screen actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.
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The Adam's Family
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Biography by Hal Erickson [-]
Born Edith Blossom MacDonald, Marie Blake started out as a child performer in vaudeville, singing with her younger sisters Jeanette and Elsie. In 1926, Marie married song-and-dance man Clarence Rock, forming an act that endured into the 1930s. When vaudeville died, Marie and Clarence went "legit" in straight drama. While playing a consumptive prostitute in the Los Angeles company of Dead End, Marie was spotted by an MGM talent agent. Since sister Jeanette was already an established MGM star, the studio decided to avoid accusations of nepotism by changing Marie's last name to Blake. Never a leading lady, Marie remained a reliable member of MGM's featured-player stable for nearly ten years. She played hospital receptionist Sally in 13 of the studio's Dr. Kildare entries, and also showed up in such short subjects as Our Gang's Alfalfa's Aunt (1940). Loaned out to RKO in 1944, she enjoyed one of her meatiest roles as Harold Peary's vis-a-vis in Gildersleeve's Ghost. From 1957 onward, Blake acted under her married name, Blossom Rock (her husband, who'd retired from show business to work as night manager of the Beverly Hilton, died in 1960). Marie Blake/Blossom Rock's last major assignment was as Grandmama in the TV series The Addams Family (1965-66).
Elsie MacDonald, Jeanette MacDonald
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