Blanche Walsh

01/4/1873 - 10/31/1915

Born on January 4, 1873 to prominent New York City politician Thomas Power Walsh. She got her start in acting in New York at the age of fifteen when she starred in "Siberia" in 1888. Most of Walsh's career took place in New York, but she did act in productions across the country and was in a production of "The Spoils of War" at the Hippodrome in Cleveland, Ohio when she died of an illness on October 31, 1915 at the age of forty-two.

Walsh visited Seattle several times during her career. On April 3-5, 1902, she starred in "Janice Meredith" at the Grand Opera House and returned to the same venue in 1906 to feature in "The Woman in the Case." Her next Seattle appearance was in "The Straight Road," which opened on March 31, 1907, and then she returned to the Grand Opera House to reprise "The Woman in the Case" opening April 15, 1907. The last Seattle performance documented at the UW Special Collections is in 1910 in "The Test," which opened on January 16.

Gender: 
Female
Cultural Identity: 
Notable Roles: 
Headlining in "Resurrection"
Headlining in "The Straight Road"
Headlining in "The Woman in the Case"
Headlining in "Janice Meredith"
Headlining in "The Test"
Sources: 
University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections. Pacific Northwest Collection. Sayre Theater Programs University of Washington Libraries. Special Collections. Pacific Northwest Collection. J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs New York Times, 1 November 1915, p. 11