1001 W 75TH ST. WOODRIDGE, IL 630-427-1880

Hollywood Memorial

Clara Blandick

Actress who is fondly remembered for her role of ‘Auntie Em’ in the 1939 film classic, ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ She entered films in 1929 and appeared in over 100 movies. On April 15, 1962 she decided she could no longer bear her severe arthritic pains and failing eyesight. The old gal went out and had her hair done, put on her best Sunday dress and spread out her stills and memorabilia from her long career about her apartment and took an overdose of sleeping pills. To make sure she would not survive, she tied a plastic bag over her head. Auntie Em was shortly over the rainbow. Dead of suicide at age 80. She is in a crypt in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale.