Blanche Friderici

Blanche L. Friderici (January 21, 1878 December 23, 1933) was an American film and stage actress, sometimes credited as Blanche Frederici.

Blanche Friderici
Friderici in Man of the Forest (1933)
Born(1878-01-21)January 21, 1878
DiedDecember 23, 1933(1933-12-23) (aged 55)
Other namesBlanche Frederici
Years active19141933
Spouse(s)Donald Campbell (?-1933) (her death)


Friderici did not aspire to be an actress, but rather an acting and elocution teacher.[1][2] However, her eyesight began to fail, deteriorating to the point she could no longer read, so she turned from teaching to acting.[1] An admirer of her recitals introduced her to impresario David Belasco, who cast her in The Darling of the Gods.[1]

Between 1914 and 1927, Friderici appeared in nine Broadway theatre productions in New York City, including a production of 39 East (opened 1919)[3] and as Mrs. Davidson in the play Rain.[4]

Friderici appeared in sixty films from 1920 to 1934. Her début was as Miss McMasters in the film adaptation of 39 East (1920). In Night Nurse (1931), which starred Barbara Stanwyck and Clark Gable, she played a housekeeper too frightened to protect two children from a murder attempt. She portrayed a chaperone in Flying Down to Rio (1933). Her last film role was as a motel owner's wife in It Happened One Night (1934).


On her way by automobile to attend a Christmas service at General Grant National Park with her stage manager husband, Donald Campbell, she died of a heart attack just after they reached Visalia, California.[4] She was 55.

Complete filmography


  1. "The Cat and the Kidney". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 24, 1922. p. 31 via
  2. "Miss Blanche L. Friderici". Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 9, 1900. p. 86 via
  3. Blanche Friderici on IMDb. Accessed August 23, 2010.
  4. "Noted Actress Dies After Trip to Nation's Tree". The Fresno Bee. December 25, 1933. p. 26 via

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