Today is the birthday of Lenore Ulric (1892-1970). Ulric was a creature of both stage and screen, zigzagging between both throughout her entire career. She began with midwestern stock companies in Milwaukee, Grand Rapids and Chicago. In the early to mid teens she starred in numerous silent films for Essanay Studios, based out of Chicago. From there she went on to be a Broadway star for David Belasco. And from there, an actress in talking films, in such films as Camille (1936) and Notorious (1946). And from there back to the stage. She appeared at the Palace and other big time vaudeville venues in the late 1920s. From 1929 to 1939 she was married to Sidney Blackmer, who is best remembered as Roman Castavet in Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
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