Bobbie West

born: 20 April 1902
Creston, Iowa,
United States of America
died: 08 March 1989
Fresno, California,
United States of America
(age 86)

American actress who started her entertainment career in vaudeville in Los Angeles in 1916. Beginning in films with Roach, her film career lasted from 1918 to 1925, when she married Illinois-born dentist Webster Miles "Webb" Blakesley (1901-1983). The marriage lasted 58 years from 7 January 1925 until Blakesley's death on 4 March 1983. She gives her profession as dental nurse on the marriage certificate.
Per her obituary, she was Mary Pickford's stand-in on "Pollyanna" (1920), and as a fluent Spanish speaker she co-starred in the 1924 Mexican silent film "Almas tropicales [Tropical Soul]".
The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia lists her in three films as BOBBY West.
Real name: Imogene Lillian Rate
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Spring Fever
Girlfriend on bench

Bumping Into Broadway

Captain Kidd's Kids

Slippery Slickers
Party guest

His Royal Slyness
Maid who gives her telephone number

Get Out And Get Under

Grandma's Boy

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The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia by Annette D'Agostino Lloyd (book) (1905 IA Census) (1920 Census) (1925 marriage) (1925 marriage) (1930 Census) (1940 Census) (CA Death Index) (Social Security Death Index)
Imogene L Blakesley, "U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007" ( (BillionGraves) (Camera!, 20 Jul 1919) (Los Angeles Record, 02 Sep 1920) (Fresno Bee, 10 Mar 1989) (Desert Sun [Palm Springs, CA], 10 Mar 1989) (Sacramento Bee, 11 Mar 1989)
Jesse Brisson (bio notes and research; identification in Spring Fever, His Royal Slyness and Slippery Slickers)
Jim Jarvis (additional information)

This page was last updated on: 01 May 2022