Clara Blandick, known for her role as Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, committed suicide in 1962 following a period of poor health. Before dying, she arranged her room with photos, memorabilia and press clippings from her career, and dressed in a royal blue dressing gown with her hair styled.

Clara Blandick

Clara Blandick (born Clara Blanchard Dickey; June 4, 1876 – April 15, 1962) was an American stage and screen actress best known for her role as Aunt Em in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s The Wizard of Oz (1939). As a character actress, she often played eccentric elderly matriarchs.

Early life

She was born Clara Blanchard Dickey, the daughter of Isaac B. and Hattie (née Mudgett) Dickey, aboard the Willard Mudgett – an American ship captained by her father (named after one of her maternal relatives), and docked in Victoria Harbour, British Hong Kong. She was delivered by Captain William H. Blanchard, whose ship,Wealthy Pendleton, was anchored nearby. His wife, Clara Pendleton Blanchard, was also present. To thank the Blanchards, Captain and Mrs… Continue Reading (9 minute read)

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  1. DerVampyrRusticana

    > She left the following note: “I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.”

  2. Darzin

    At the age of 85 when her body was wracked with pain from severe arthritis and she was going blind. I can’t say that I blame her.

  3. deltajb

    This is something which always makes me sad. If someone is having terminal disease or excruciating pain they should have the choice to decide if they want to end it.

    What’s the point in prolonging the suffering for something which has no cure?

  4. HereUuuu

    We all have to die. She knew it was her time, and she did it with style. Sad, yet beautiful and dignified.

  5. Maggiemayday

    I’m 63, and I totally understand her choice.

  6. alexbx77

    I don’t really consider ending your life when you’re suffering horribly from disease to be suicide. I consider it controlling your own death. Wish assisted suicide were legal everywhere.

  7. aprilmarina

    I wonder if the suicide scene in Deep Impact was borrowed from Clara Blandick.

  8. Palendrome

    A close friend in high school prepped like that before he committed suicide. He loved cars and had arranged all of the extra parts he had purchased and planned on installing neatly along with a list of priority for his family. He also pristinely cleaned his room (which wasn’t normal) and hid certain things to be found later.

  9. LedZeppelinRiff

    I don’t think it’s a suicide. It’s a death with dignity. I’m sad she wasn’t able to check into a clinic and say she’d like to be euthanized. That option should be available to everyone where you can die comfortably in a controlled setting.

  10. jrobiii

    Now that’s “going out on style”!

  11. HeWhomeHim

    Whoaa this reminds me of a Twilight Zone episode. Anyone recall? I don’t know if it was made before or after her death but was about an older actress. Got the chills.

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