Blanche, Marie (1893–)

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Blanche, Marie (1893–)

English actress and singer. Born Nov 5, 1893, in Scarborough, England; dau. of William Peacock and Addie Blanche (actress as Mrs. Adelaide Emily Peacock); niece of Ada Blanche and Robert Courtneidge; m. Edmund Lewis Waller (son of Lewis Waller).

Musical-comedy star, made stage debut in Worthing in title role of Priscilla Runs Away (1911); made London debut in Princess Caprice (1912), followed by The Joy-Ride Lady, The Chorus Girl, All Scotch, Samples, High Jinks, Carminetta, Babes in the Wood and title role in Cherry, among others; often toured with George Robey and was romantically linked; retired (1932) to become director of White Rose Players at Harrogate Grand Opera House and of the Empire, York.