Mari Blanchard was an American actress, known for her roles as a B movie femme fatale in American films of the 1950s and early 1960s.
Blanchard was born on April 13, 1923 in Long Beach, California. In the late 1940s, Blanchard was a successful print model and film extra. Blanchard began appearing in films after she was seen by a producer in an advertisement for bubble bath in 1950.
Blanchard soon found success as an actress. From 1951 to 1952, she took small roles in a number of films at MGM, RKO, and Paramount, until she was signed by Universal-International in 1952.
Blanchard's first film at the Universal-International studio was Back at the Front (1952). One of her most memorable roles was the Venusian queen, Allura, in the 1953 comedy Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. She starred in Destry (1954), a western with Audie Murphy. In 1955, she starred in "Escape From Fear", an episode of the television series Climax!. She also appeared in The She Devil in 1957.
In the 1960–1961 television season, Blanchard starred as
Kathy O'Hara in the NBC Western series Klondike with Ralph Taeger, James
Coburn, and Joi Lansing. She also appeared as Margarita Colinas with Cesar
Romero in the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Stalking Death". In
1962 she guest starred as murder victim Irene Chase in the Perry Mason episode,
"The Case of the Melancholy Marksman." In 1963 she had a small but
flamboyant role in the John Wayne film, McLintock!
After abandoning her film career upon the release of her final film, McLintock! in 1963, Blanchard retired, acting in just a few TV programs afterward. She was diagnosed with cancer in the 1960s. Following a long struggle, she died at the age of 47 in Woodland Hills, California on May 10, 1970.