Blanche Satchel ~ The Australian Showgirl

Blanche Satchel

Blanche Satchel was a dancer and Ziegfeld Follies showgirl from Australia

She was born Blanche Sybil Satchel on September 30, 1906 in Sidney, Australia. Her mother, Doris Melrose, was an actress, and her father was an auctioneer. Blanche started performing on stage when she was a child. She studied dancing with Minnie Everett and attended Stella Chapman‘s College of Dramatic Arts. At the age of seventeen she went to London and danced at the Prince’s nightclub cabaret. Flo Ziegfeld saw her brought her to New York to appear in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1925. The following year she starred in Earl Carroll's Vanities. Blanche became one of the highest paid showgirls in New York. She posed for artists like Alfred Cheney Johnston and Howard Chandler Christy who called her "the most beautiful Titian-blonde in the world". There were rumors that she was romantically involved with aviator Charles Lindbergh but she later claimed they never even met.
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Blanche starred in the 1929 Broadway musical Simple Simon. Then she appeared in the shows Smiles and Simple Simon. She returned to the Ziegfeld Follies in 1931. On June 20, 1933 she married millionaire broker Max Bamberger. He insisted that she retire from show business. They divorced in 1938 and she married William Yeager, an executive in the US government’s Reconstruction Finance Corporation. Soon after she became an American citizen. Unfortunately her marriage to William also ended in divorce. Blanche spent many years living in Beverly Hills, California. In 1991 she married her third husband, Robert Fellner, in Manhattan. Sadly he passed away in 2000. Blanche died in March of 2004 at the age of ninety-seven. She was buried at Ferncliff Cemetery and Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York.

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