Blanche Bates (25 August 1873 – 25 December 1941) was an American actress, born in Portland, Oregon. She made her début in San Francisco in a benefit performance of Brander Matthews's This Picture and That. Among her early successes were her Mrs. Hillary in The Senator, Phyllis in The Charity Ball, and Nora in A Doll's House. She joined Daly's company in 1898 and the next year at Daly's Theatre, New York, played Mirtza in The Great Ruby. In 1901 she appeared as Cigarette in Under Two Flags at the Garden Theatre in New York. Thereafter devoting herself to the productions of David Belasco, she won great success in The Darling of the Gods (1902) and The Girl of the Golden West (1905) and after World War I in The Famous Mrs. Fair (1919).
In 1902, H.M. Caldwell Company, New York and Boston, published a lavish souvenir book, Blanche Bates Edition of "Under Two Flags" by Ouida, with handsome illustrated covers, and numerous photographs from the play version (written by Paul M. Potter) starring Miss Bates.
Born in Portland, Oregon, the daughter of F. M. Bates, Blanche was educated in the public schools of San Francisco. In 1900 Bates married Milton F. Davis, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. They had no children and divorced. In 1912 she married George Creel, a journalist and politician, and they had two children, a son George Jr. and a daughter Frances.
"Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, v.LXII, n.22, whole no. 1609, p. 102.
Strang, Famous Actresses of the Day in America (Boston, 1899)
"Other Holiday Gift-Books", The Publishers' Weekly, Nov. 29, 1902, p. 102.
Leonard, John William, ed. (1914), Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915, New York: American Commonwealth Company, p. 82.
Great Stars of the American Stage by Daniel C. Blum Profile #34 c.1952(this 2nd edition c.1954)