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Place of Birth New York City - New York - USA
Birthday 1906-09-02
Death 1974-09-14
Also Known As Vera Vague

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From Wikipedia Barbara Jo Allen (September 2, 1906 – September 14, 1974) was an actress also known as Vera Vague, the spinster character she created and portrayed on radio and in films during the 1940s and 1950s. She based the character on a woman she had seen delivering a PTA literature lecture in a confused manner. As Vague, she popularized the catch phrase "You dear boy!" Allen's acting ability first surfaced in school plays. Following her high school graduation, she went to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. Concentrating on language, she became proficient in French, Spanish, German and Italian. After the death of her parents, she moved to Los Angeles where she lived with her uncle. In 1937, she debuted on network radio drama as Beth Holly on NBC's One Man's Family, followed by roles on Death Valley Days, I Love a Mystery and other radio series. According to Allen, her Vera Vague character was “sort of a frustrated female, dumb, always ambitious and overzealous… a spouting Bureau of Misinformation.” After Vera was introduced in 1939 on NBC Matinee, she became a regular with Bob Hope beginning in 1941. Allen appeared in at least 60 movies and TV series between 1938 and 1963, often credited as Vera Vague rather than her own name. The character she created was so popular that she eventually adopted the character name as her professional name. From 1943 to 1952, as Vera, she made more than a dozen comedy two-reel short subjects for Columbia Pictures. In 1948, she did less acting and instead opened her own commercial orchid business, while also serving as the Honorary Mayor of Woodland Hills, California. In 1953, as Vera, she hosted her own television series, Follow the Leader, a CBS audience participation show. In 1958, she appeared as Mabel, the boss of the flight attendants, in Jeannie Carson's syndicated version of her situation comedy Hey, Jeannie! The program aired only six episodes in syndication. Allen's first marriage was to actor Barton Yarborough. They had one child together. In 1946, the couple co-starred in the two-reel comedy short, Hiss and Yell, nominated for an Academy Award as Best Short Subject. In 1931-32, Allen married Charles H. Crosby. In 1943, she married Bob Hope's producer, Norman Morrell. They had one child and were married for three decades, until her 1974 death in Santa Barbara, California.

Acting

1991Disney’s Coyote Tales as Goliath II’s Mother (voice)
1963Taştaki Kılıç as Scullery Maid (voice) (uncredited)
1960Goliath II as Goliath II's Mother
1959Born to Be Loved as Irene Hoffman (as Vera Vague)
1959Uyuyan Güzel as Fauna (voice)
1956The Opposite Sex as Dolly DeHaven
1956Mohawk as Aunt Agatha (as Vera Vague)
1956Columbia Laff Hour as Vera Vague (archive footage)
1952Happy Go Wacky as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1951She Took a Powder as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1950Nursie Behave as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1950Square Dance Katy as Gypsy Jones (as Vera Vague)
1949Wha' Happen? as Vera (as Vera Vague)
1949Clunked in the Clink as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1949Miss in a Mess as Vera Vague
1947Cupid Goes Nuts as Vera Vague / Prudy Vague (as Vera Vague)
1946Reno-Vated as Vera Butts (as Vera Vague)
1946Earl Carroll Sketchbook as Sherry Lane
1946Headin' for a Weddin' as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1946Hiss and Yell as Vera Vague
1945Calling All Fibbers as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1945The Jury Goes Round 'n' Round as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1944She Snoops to Conquer as Vera, the Reporter (as Vera Vague)
1944Lake Placid Serenade as Countess
1944Girl Rush as Suzie Banks (as Vera Vague)
1944Strife of the Party as Vera Clayton (as Vera Vague)
1944Rosie the Riveter as Vera Watson
1944Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid as Mrs. Terwilliger ("Blue Eyes")
1944Moon Over Las Vegas as Auntie
1944Cowboy Canteen as Vera Vague
1944Doctor, Feel My Pulse as Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
1943You Dear Boy! as Vera (as Vera Vague)
1943Get Going as Matilda Jones (as Vera Vague)
1943Swing Your Partner as Vera Vague
1942Ice-Capades Revue as Aunt Nellie
1942Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch as Tabitha Hazy
1942Priorities on Parade as Mariposa Ginsbotham (as Vera Vague)
1942Larceny, Inc. as Mademoiselle Gloria
1941Design for Scandal as Janie
1941Buy Me That Town as Henriette Teagarden
1941Ice-Capades as Vera Vague
1941Kiss the Boys Goodbye as Myra Stanhope
1940The Mad Doctor as Louise Watkins
1940Melody and Moonlight as Adelaide Barnett
1940Melody Ranch as Veronica Whipple
1940Sing, Dance, Plenty Hot as Susan
1940Broadway Melody of 1940 as Ms. Konk (uncredited)
1940Village Barn Dance as Vera Vague
1939Kennedy the Great as Mrs. John Potter
1939The Women as Receptionist (uncredited)


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