May Blossom Boley (May 29, 1881 – January 7, 1963) was an American actress known for her role as Whale Oil Rosie in Moby Dick (1930).
May Blossom Boley
May 29, 1881
|Died||January 7, 1963 81) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Lt. Frederick Lindsley Nicholson (1901–?)|
Besides being an actress, Boley was a dancer. An article in an 1898 issue of a newspaper commented on "the grace with which she accomplished a difficult solo dance". In 1900, she was a member of the Alice Nielsen Opera Company. Her last stage appearance in New York was in the musical Jubilee. As a singer in the musical Hit the Deck (1927), Boley introduced the popular song "Hallelujah".
Boley starred in The Great Pie Mystery (1931) with Harry Gribbon, Alma Bennett, Harry Myers, Dick Stewart, George Gray and Julia Griffith; Hail, the Princess (1930) with Monte Collins and Alma Bennett; Beneath the Law (1929) with Bobby Clark and Paul McCullough; and Richard Carle in "The Warrior" (1928) with James Sullivan. She also starred in The Women (1939), and Dangerous Curves (1929) as Mrs Spinelli.
Ethan Mordden, in his book Sing for Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s, wrote that Boley resembled Elsa Maxwell.
On August 2, 1901, in New York City, Boley married Lieutenant Frederick Lindsley Nicholson, a British Army officer from Putney Hill, London, England.
On January 7, 1963, Boley died in Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital following a long illness. She was 81.
- Skylark (1941) as Fat Woman in Subway Car
- Kitty Foyle (1940) as Fainting Customer
- Lady with Red Hair (1940) as Mrs. Peabody
- Henry Goes Arizona (1939) as Henry's Landlady
- The Women (1939) as Mud Mask
- Death of a Champion (1939) as Ma Sloane
- Undercover Doctor (1939)
- Persons in Hiding (1939) as Mme. Thompson
- Letter of Introduction (1938) as Mrs. Meggs, the Landlady
- Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) as Mrs. Krinkenheim
- Prison Farm (1938) as 'Shifty' Sue
- Women Are Like That (1938) as Hotel Maid
- Reckless Living (1938) as Mother Ryan
- Tovarich (1937) as Louise
- Ready, Willing and Able (1937) as Mrs. Beadle
- Without Orders (1936) as Mrs. Maddy Overhose
- The Informer (1935) as Madame Betty
- The Mighty Barnum (1934) as Bearded Lady
- Advice to the Lovelorn (1933) as Miss Lonelyhearts
- The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933) as Busybody in Courtroom
- The Expert (1932) as Mrs. Smallbridge
- A Woman Commands (1932) as Mascha
- The Great Pie Mystery (1931) as Bertha, Homer's Sweetheart
- Fighting Caravans (1931) as Jane
- Going Wild (1930) as May Bunch
- Moby Dick (1930) as Whale Oil Rosie
- Hail the Princess (1930)
- Children of Pleasure (1930) as Fanny Kaye
- Lilies of the Field (1930) as Maizie
- The Dance of Life (1929) as Gussie
- Dangerous Curves (1929) as Ma Spinelli
- The Woman from Hell (1929) as Mother Price
- Beneath the Law (1929)
- The Wagon Show (1928) as The Strong Woman
- "English Army Officer Weds Pretty May Boley". The Evening World. New York, New York City. August 3, 1901. p. 3. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Ellenberger, Allan R. (1 May 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland Publishing. p. 37. ISBN 9780786450190.
- "Friends of Last Week". The Washington Times. D.C., Washington. November 27, 1898. p. 16. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Aside". Evening Star. District of Columbia, Washington. February 3, 1900. p. 21. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "May Boley Dies". The Bridgeport Telegram. Connecticut, Bridgeport. Associated Press. January 9, 1963. p. 29.
- "Ex-Musical, Film Star May Boley Dies at 81". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. January 8, 1963. p. 27. Retrieved August 3, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bradley 2009, p. 163.
- Bradley 2009, p. 191.
- Bradley 2009, p. 427.
- Reid, John (2005). Movies Magnificent: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics. Lulu.com. p. 238. ISBN 9781411650671.
- Reid, John Howard (1 August 2011). Silent Movies & Early Sound Films on DVD: New Expanded Edition. Lulu.com. p. 397. ISBN 9780557433353.
- Mordden, Ethan (7 April 2015). Sing for Your Supper: The Broadway Musical in the 1930s. St. Martin's Press. p. 85. ISBN 9781466893474.
- "Ex-Actress Dies". The Daily Chronicle. Washington, Centralia. Associated Press. January 10, 1963. p. 3. Retrieved August 2, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Bradley, Edwin M. (27 April 2009). The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926–1931. McFarland Publishing. p. 560. ISBN 9781476606842.
- May Boley on IMDb
- May Boley(New York Public Library, Billy Rose collection)
- portrait(University of Washington, Sayre collection)
- May Boley photo gallery(NY Public Library)