Mary Blackwood

born: 04 October 1912
Colfax, Louisiana,
United States of America
died: 01 May 1969
New York City, New York,
United States of America
(age 56)

American actress, born to Dr. Edward H. Blackwood and his wife Laura (Lora) Souther in Colfax, Louisiana (about 30 miles from Alexandria). They were a wealthy and socially prominent family. At the University of Texas (Austin), she was elected "Miss Texas Sweetheart" (1932) and went to Hollywood with her Mom in 1933. She got small parts in several movies. Sometime after 1938 she went to New York to become a photographer's model. There she met and married (1942) London born, William Miesegaes, wealthy heir to a Dutch rubber company and eventually a documentary film company president. They were civic and socially active in NYC and had a daughter in 1954. They were married until her death in 1969.
Real name: Mary Tom Blackwood
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


Pick A Star
Miss Apple Valley

Acknowledgements: (Stella Star - complete biography) (1910 Census parents and brother in Colfax, LA.) (1920 Census with parents in Colfax, LA.) (1930 Census with Mom and Step-dad in Alexandria, LA.) (1940 Census in NYC as photographer's model.) (birth and death dates at (MARY MIESEGAES born Colfax, La.) (Husband naturalized NYC 1942.)
"Shreveport LA Times" 01 Apr 1932 p.1: MARY BLACKWOOD of Alexandria, LA, chosen U of TX "Miss TX Sweetheart".
"New Orleans Times" 09 Jul 1933 p.45 MARY BLACKWOOD of Alexandria given Paramount screen test. (1935 signs with Fox.
"Elmira NY Star" 09 Jan 1942 p.8 NYC gossip column: MARY BLACKWOOD, Conover model is engaged to BILLY MIESEGAES.
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