Evelyn Venable

Actor, College professor
A delicately lovely leading lady who, after brief stage experience with Walter Hampden's Shakespearean stock company, Evelyn Venable was signed by Paramount and made her debut in director Mitchell Leisen's first film ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1913 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Pinocchio 1939 (Movie)

of the Blue Fairy (Voice)

Death Takes a Holiday 1933 (Movie)

Grazia (Actor)

David Harum (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Female Fugitive (Movie)

Peggy Mallory (Actor)

Harmony Lane (Movie)

Susan Pentland (Actor)

Heritage of the Desert (Movie)

Miriam Naab (Actor)

Hollywood Stadium Mystery (Movie)

Polly Ward (Actor)

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (Movie)

Lucy Olcott (Actor)

My Old Kentucky Home (Movie)

(Actor)

Racketeers in Exile (Movie)

Myrtle Thornton (Actor)

Streamline Express (Movie)

Patricia Wells (Actor)

The County Chairman (Movie)

Lucy Rigby (Actor)

The Little Colonel (Movie)

Elizabeth Lloyd Sherman (Actor)

Vagabond Lady (Movie)

Josephine Spiggins (Actor)

Biography

A delicately lovely leading lady who, after brief stage experience with Walter Hampden's Shakespearean stock company, Evelyn Venable was signed by Paramount and made her debut in director Mitchell Leisen's first film, the sensitive "Cradle Song" (1933). Generally cast as sweet, demure types, Venable received several good opportunities opposite the popular Will Rogers in "David Harum" (1934), in the "old dark house" mystery "The Double Door" (1934), and as Shirley Temple's sister in "The Little Colonel" (1935). Her finest performance, though, was her truly haunting Grazia, carrying on a love affair with Death in the form of an exotic prince (Fredric March) in Leisen's allegorical fantasy "Death Takes a Holiday" (1934). Of interest to trivia buffs was Venable's serving as the model for the illustration of a torch-bearing woman which served as the logo for Columbia Pictures.

Relationships

Dolores Venable

Mother

Hal Mohr

Husband
eloped c. 1934 born on August 2, 1894 died in 1974 his third marriage had two children from first marriage

Dolores Mohr

Daughter
born on November 26, 1935 survived her

Rosalia Mohr

Daughter
born on March 26, 1937 survived her

Emerson Venable

Father

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
returned to college some years after retiring from acting; attended with her daughter Rosalia

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California 1958
returned to college some years after retiring from acting

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati , Ohio
dropped out to pursue an acting career in 1932

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York
received a four-year scholarship; dropped out

Milestones

1942

Retired from features after "He Hired the Boss"

1940

Provided the voice of the Blue Fairy in the classic animated feature, "Pinocchio"

1935

Supported Katharine Hepburn in "Alice Adams"

1934

Had perhaps best film role as Grazia in "Death Takes a Holiday", also helmed by Leisen

1933

Made film debut in "Cradle Song", directed by Mitchell Leisen

1932

After briefly attending Vassar and the University of Cincinnati, joined actor Walter Hampden's noted Shakespearean stock company

Began acting while a student in high school

Taught for many years at UCLA in the classics department after completing a master's degree there

Spotted by a Paramount Studios talent scout while playing Ophelia in a Los Angeles production of "Hamlet"; signed to movie contract

Bonus Trivia

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There have long been rumors that Venable served as the model for the illustration of a torch-bearing woman which served as the logo for Columbia Pictures.On the subject the actress was quoted as saying: "Well I made a couple of pictures at Columbia and the artists may have seen me walking around the lot, but I never stood and posed with a torch in my hand!"

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