Jun. 7, 1941 Rutherford Bergen County New Jersey, USA
Blanche Chapman was a stage actress, daughter of Dwight R. Chapman and Maria Bond Chapman. She was the cousin of John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Booth, who also acted, and the wife of Henry Clay Ford who was the manager of Ford's Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes. She was among one of the people to identify her cousin John Wilkes' body after his death. She became popular after her photo was found on John's body. She left acting in 1865 over the resent events over her family and the death of her father but returned to the stage in 1868. She appeared in the 1914 film Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as Mrs. Wiggs. After the death of her husband she faught for ownership of the rocking chair Lincoln was in when he was shot saying it was property of the theater and should have been returned after it was no longer evidence of the trial on Lincoln's assassination. She acted throughout her life on Broadway and many other theaters until her death in 1941.
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