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Day 4: Mary Boland

Thanks to everyone for making Day 3 a huge success. If you haven’t yet, please head over and check out all the great posts on Alec Guinness.

For the next 24 hours we honor the great character actress Mary Boland. Don’t mess with this lady…

Fun trivia on Mary Boland:

  • Boland was an accomplished stage actress. Her biggest hit, The Cradle Snatchers (1925-1926) co-starring Edna May Oliver (another awesome lady I wouldn’t mess with…) was a story about older women left by their husbands, so they decide to pursue younger men. In the play, Boland’s lover is none other than a young Humphrey Bogart, in one of his first roles on the stage. (
  • Mary Boland’s most frequent co-star was Charlie Ruggles ( The New York Times)
  • In 1944, Mary Boland was on an episode of the radio show The Orson Welles Almanac. (
  • Boland was never married or had any children. (


On to the blogging:


Cliff from Immortal Ephemera returns to the Blogathon with an excellent biography on Mary Boland. There are very few resources on the internet about Boland. Personally, I’m very happy Cliff has decided to take the time to add a biography of Boland to his database.

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!




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Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.


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