Born Name: Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald
Date of Birth: August 21, 1895
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: January 14, 1978 (aged 82), Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale Memory Slope #1183
Other names: Blossom Rock, Blossom MacDonald, Marie Blake
Occupation: Actress, Vaudevillian
Spouse(s): Clarence Warren Rock(m. 1926; died 1960)
Parents: Anne MacDonald, Daniel MacDonald
Siblings: Jeanette MacDonald, Elsie MacDonald
Edith Marie Blossom MacDonald (August 21, 1895 – January 14, 1978), known as Blossom Rock, was an American actress of vaudeville, stage, television, and film. She was occasionally billed as Marie Blake or Blossom MacDonald. Her younger sister was screen actress and singer Jeanette MacDonald.
Blossom Rock was born on August 21, 1895, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the second of three daughters born to Anna May (née Wright; July, 1871 – May 16, 1947) and Daniel MacDonald (April, 1869 – August 8, 1924). As a youth, she performed on the vaudeville stage with her younger sister, Jeanette, and later with her husband, actor Clarence Warren Rock (died 1960), whom she married in September 26, 1926 in Manhattan. They had no children. Rock had an elder sister, Elsie Wallace MacDonald (1894–1970), who had also been a vaudeville performer and then operated a dance school until 1962.
Rock adopted the name Marie Blake for her film career, starting in 1937 with an uncredited appearance in My Dear Miss Aldrich. Her first credited major part was Love Finds Andy Hardy. She became better known, however, as Sally, the hospital switchboard operator in the Dr. Kildare film series. She once had the same agent as Irene Ryan, whose similar career later caused Rock to fire him.
Rock returned to using her real name in the 1950s, and later gained her biggest fame by playing "Grandmama" on the ABC series The Addams Family, which ran from 1964 to 1966. In October 1964, she made a public appearance at a haunted house at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Illness and death
Rock suffered a stroke in 1966 that affected her speech and prevented her from reuniting with her fellow Addams Family castmates for the 1977 television film Halloween with the New Addams Family, but she watched the film from the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital. She died on January 14, 1978, in Los Angeles, California, at age 82, and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
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