Olive Blakeney

Olive Blakeney (August 21, 1894  October 21, 1959)[1] was an American actress.

Olive Blakeney
Olive Blakeney.
Olive Blakeney

(1894-08-21)August 21, 1894
DiedOctober 21, 1959(1959-10-21) (aged 65)
Years active1933-1959
Spouse(s)Bernard Nedell
(m. 19??; her death 1959)

Early years

Blakeney was born in Kentucky[2][1] and attended the Cincinnati School of Expression.[3]


Blakeney played as a super in visiting stage shows at one dollar a performance. She made her screen debut in England in 1932.

In the early 1910s, Blakeney acted with the Pittsfield (Massachusetts) Stock Company.[4] In 1914, she was engaged with the Lucille La Verne stock theater company.[5] After working as William Gaxton's partner in vaudeville, after acted on stage in England. While there, she helped to introduce the play Broadway to British audiences.[2] Her Broadway credits include The Royal Family (1951) and The Browning Version / Harlequinade (1949).[6]

Blakeney portrayed the mother of Henry Aldrich in seven consecutive films about The Aldrich Family.[7]

On television, Blakeney played the housekeeper in the syndicated medical drama Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (1955-1956).[8]

Personal life

Blakeney was married to Bernard Nedell[2][1] and was the mother of Betty Lou Lydon (née Nedell) and mother-in-law of Jimmy Lydon, who played her son in all but the first of the Henry Aldrich films.

Blakeney died at the age of 65 due to complications of cancer on October 21, 1959, in Encino, California. She was cremated and interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California.[1]

Partial filmography


  1. "Olive Blakeney death certificate #7053-20662". California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994, California State Archives via FamilySearch. Archived from the original on September 15, 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  2. Schallert, Edwin (October 23, 1940). "Brian Donlevy Likely To Star in 'Dance Hall'". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. Part II - 10. Retrieved August 27, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "In Dramatic Studios". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. September 19, 1909. p. 55. Retrieved August 27, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "To-Night at Orpheum". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Ohio, Cincinnati. May 23, 1913. p. 2. Retrieved August 27, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "The Lucille LaVerne Company". The Atlanta Constitution. Georgia, Atlanta. April 5, 1914. p. 7. Retrieved August 27, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "Olive Blakeney". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  7. Johnson, Erskine (July 6, 1943). "In Hollywood". The Newark Advocate. Ohio, Newark. p. 4. Retrieved August 27, 2018 via Newspapers.com.
  8. Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947-1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. P. 64.
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