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Years active  1916-1946
Role  Film actress
Parents  Sarah Bush, Thomas Bush
Name  Blanche Payson
Spouse  Eugene Payson
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Full Name  Mary Elizabeth Bush
Born  September 20, 1881 (1881-09-20) Santa Barbara, California, USA
Died  July 4, 1964, Hollywood, California, United States
Movies  Wife and Auto Trouble, An Ache in Every Stake, Cookoo Cavaliers, Figures Don't Lie, The Bachelor's Baby
Similar People  H M Walker, James W Horne, A Edward Sutherland, Mack Sennett, Joe Rock

Blanche Payson with the Three Stooges

Blanche Payson (September 20, 1881 – July 4, 1964) was an American film actress.


She was born Mary Elizabeth to parents Thomas and Sarah Bush. She first attracted public notice when she served as policewoman in the Toyland exhibit at the Panama Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. She was married to Eugene Payson in San Francisco prior to 1910, who died before 1915.

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Payson then moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and began her film career with the Mack Sennett studio, appearing in short films in mostly uncredited roles. She appeared in nearly 160 films between 1916 and 1946. At 6 foot 2 inches, she towered over both men and women co-stars in the many slapstick comedies she appeared, as a foil for such comedians as The Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy and similar popular acts of the time. She often played brutal and dominant women, such as Oliver Hardy's wife in Helpmates (1932) or Bobby Hutchins' stepmother in the Our Gang comedy Dogs Is Dogs (1931).

She was born in Santa Barbara, California and died in Hollywood, California.

Selected filmography

  • A La Cabaret (1916)
  • A Social Cub (1916)
  • The Sultan's Wife (1917)
  • Bears and Bad Men (1918)
  • Three Ages (1923)
  • Oh Doctor! (1925)
  • Half a Man (1925)
  • We Moderns (1925)
  • La Boheme (1926)
  • Peaceful Oscar (1927)
  • The Bachelor's Baby (1927)
  • Below Zero (1930)
  • Our Wife (1931)
  • Dogs Is Dogs (1931)
  • Helpmates (1932)
  • Impatient Maiden (1932)
  • Hoi Polloi (1935)
  • All Over Town (1937)
  • Slander House (1938)
  • Cookoo Cavaliers (1940)
  • An Ache in Every Stake (1941)
  • Blondie for Victory (1942)
  • References

    Blanche Payson Wikipedia