Blanche Bates

Blanche Bates (August 25, 1873 December 25, 1941) was an American actress. She made her début in San Francisco in a benefit performance of Brander Matthews's This Picture and That. Among her early successes were her Mrs. Hillary in The Senator, Phyllis in The Charity Ball, and Nora in A Doll's House. She joined Daly's company in 1898 and, the next year at Daly's Theatre in New York, played Mirtza in The Great Ruby. In 1901 she appeared as Cigarette in Under Two Flags at the Garden Theatre in New York. Thereafter devoting herself to the productions of David Belasco, she won great success in The Darling of the Gods (1902) and The Girl of the Golden West (1905) and after World War I in The Famous Mrs. Fair (1919).

Blanche Bates
Born(1873-08-25)August 25, 1873
DiedDecember 25, 1941(1941-12-25) (aged 68)
Resting placeCypress Lawn Memorial Park
OccupationStage, film actress
Spouse(s)Milton F. Davis (189495)
George Creel(1912her death) 2 children

In 1902, H.M. Caldwell Company, New York and Boston, published a lavish souvenir book, Blanche Bates Edition of "Under Two Flags" by Ouida, with handsome illustrated covers, and numerous photographs[1] from the play version (written by Paul M. Potter) starring Miss Bates.


Born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of F. M. Bates, Blanche was educated in the public schools of San Francisco.[2] In 1894 Bates married Milton F. Davis, at the time a cavalry lieutenant in the U.S. Army, but they divorced four weeks later.[3] On November 28, 1912 she married George Creel, a journalist and politician,[4] and they had two children, a son George Jr. and a daughter Frances.[5]


  • "Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, v.LXII, n.22, whole no. 1609, p. 102.
  • Strang, Famous Actresses of the Day in America (Boston, 1899)


  1. "Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, p. 102.
  2. Leonard, John William, ed. (1914), Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915, New York: American Commonwealth Company, p. 82.
  3. Notable American Women 16071950
  4. "Blanche Bates a Bride". The Monroe News-Star. Monroe, Louisiana. 28 Nov 1912. p. 2 via
  5. Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel C. Blum Profile #34 c.1952(this 2nd edition c.1954)
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