Clarissa Blackburn (Actor)

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(02-26-1921 - 08-05-1995) Age 74

Ms Blackburn appeared in a number of TV Soaps including As the World Turns and Dark Shadows, and wrote for All My Children.


She appeared in the following 5 episodes of Radio Mystery Theater
Date Episode Title Plot
01/23/1974 0018 And Nothing but the Truth A young investigator guesses at the facts of a hit-and-run case and believes the convict to be a willing victim in lieu of his son. But he cannot prove it to his superior.
04/22/1974 0078 The Wishing Stone A young girl believes an angel gave her a wishing stone. But her wishes don't turn out quite the way she intended.
08/20/1974 0136 A Preview of Death A young woman and her husband own a resort that has a working cable car. Her brother, an upright engineer suspects that the cable might not be safe. He then dreams of a beautiful girl perishing in a cable car crash.
02/14/1975 0223 The Shadow of the Past A doctor and his wife escape the clutches of the Nazi death camps and illegitimately migrate to the US. Later, the doctor recognizes one of the camp guards among his patients and kills him to exact his revenge. But he must cover up the act as an intelligent investigator probes the case.
06/30/1975 0300 The Golden Cauldron Three friends, a haunted manor and a ghastly crime is the perfect recipe for a murder mystery in this \"House on Haunted Hill\' meets \'Clue\' thriller set in the heart of an ancient castle overlooking the ruins of Stonehenge.

6 Responses to Blackburn Clarissa

Clarissa Blackburn! Okay, as soon as I read that she had starred in "Dark Shadows," it finally hit me. She played Mrs. Johnson, the Collins family maid! Only, in that series, she went by the name "Clarice Blackburn." Curiouser and curiouser.

B. Summers

I assume this is a typo, I have never seen Ms. Blackburn referred as Clarissa!


Himan Brown calls her Clarissa at the end of the episode And Nothing but the Truth.

Jimmy Goodson

I loved her in And Nothing But The Truth. I love those characters that are sick, ill, need rest and pills. They never explain what is wrong with them. They did that in She Waits, a Patty Duke movie. I remember in Mystery Theater, this woman was roaming around at 4am, all nasty and sarcastic as far as her cheating husband was concerned. These people do not work, are ill, but there is nothing wrong with them. I love it!!!!!


Ms Blackburn's stage career led to her appear in a number of Broadway productions. On television she is remembered for her numerous appearances on the daytime soap operas As The World Turns, One Life To Live, The Doctors, The Secret Storm, Love Of Life, Guiding Light and her multiple roles on the gothic classic, Dark Shadows. She was also a writer for All My Children, for which she was nominated for 7 Emmy awards and won 2.


The Golden Cauldron was my favorite story that she starred in. I imagined her character looking a bit like Veronica Lake. Love Mason Adams and Ralph Bell on CBSRMT. Have to say that Bryna Rayburn blows them both out of the water though!!


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