Blanche Yurka Overview:

Character actress, Blanche Yurka, was born Blanche Jurka on Jun 18, 1887 in St. Paul, MN. Yurka died at the age of 87 on Jun 6, 1974 in New York City, NY .


Blanche Yurka had an inimitable mellow voice and hollow-set eyes. A former opera singer, she made her name on the Broadway stage in the early 1920s, and became a Hollywood character actress with her memorably brooding "Madame DeFarge" (I was the 67th actress to test for the part) in 1935's A Tale of Two Cities. She died from arteriosclerosis.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



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Aunt Bernarde Casterot: She SEES this lady. No one else does. Who are you to say that she is wrong and you are right? She may well be a heavenly creature... You will go with her! All the women of the family must stand by her side. I'll come. And when I walk with her... let anyone dare to laugh!

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Other than her third feature film,A Tale of Two Cities (1935), she remained noticeably unhappy with her character film career. She suffered major disappointments in the loss of certain Oscar-winning roles, including The Good Earth (1937), which ended up starring Luise Rainer, and the supporting turn by Katina Paxinou in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943).

Blanche avoided films until she saw the brilliance of the movie The Informer (1935). Stage star Alla Nazimova was indirectly responsible for her getting the role of Madame DeFarge in A Tale of Two Cities (1935). They had never met but when the part was offered to the silent screen star, she felt it was not right for her and told them the only person she thought could play the part was Blanche. Blanche was the 67th and last actress to test for the part.

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