Blanche Yurka
Date of Birth
Jun 18, 1887
Birth Place:
St. Paul, MN


Born to Bohemian parents, American actress Blanche Yurka was awarded a scholarship to a school sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera when she was only 15. Appropriately enough, her singing debut was in Balfe's English-language opera Bohemian Girl, performed in Czech. Wearing herself out from studying music and dance, Blanche opted for the less strenuous (but no less demanding) world of acting. She...