Person Details

Birthday: 1906-09-02 16:31:13

Death: 1974-09-14 16:31:13

Aliases: Vera Vague

Gender: Female

Place of birth: New York City - New York - USA

Homepage:

Movie Involvements: 14

TV Involvements: 0


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Sleeping Beauty
Average
7

Sleeping Beauty

(1959) Fauna (voice)
The Sword in the Stone
Average
7

The Sword in the Stone

(1963) Scullery Maid (voice) (uncredited)
Broadway Melody of 1940
Average
7

Broadway Melody of 1940

(1940) Ms. Konk (uncredited)
Mohawk
Average
6

Mohawk

(1956) Aunt Agatha
Goliath II
Average
6

Goliath II

(1960) Goliath II's Mother
Disney’s Coyote Tales
Average
6

Disney’s Coyote Tales

(1991) Goliath II’s Mother (voice)
Cowboy Canteen
Average
0

Cowboy Canteen

(1944) Vera Vague
Melody Ranch
Average
5

Melody Ranch

(1940) Veronica Whipple

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
1991 Goliath II’s Mother (voice)
1963 Scullery Maid (voice) (uncredited)
1960 N/A
Goliath II's Mother
1959 Irene Hoffman
Fauna (voice)
1957 N/A
1956 Dolly DeHaven
Aunt Agatha
Vera Vague (archive footage)
1953 Mrs. Parkinson
1952 Vera Vague
1951 Vera Vague
1950 Vera Vague
Gypsy Jones
1949 Vera
Vera Vague
Vera Vague
1947 Vera Vague / Prudy Vague
1946 Vera Butts
Sherry Lane
Vera Vague
Vera Vague
1945 Vera Vague
Vera Vague
1944 Vera
Countess
Suzie Banks
Vera Clayton
Vera Watson
Mrs. Terwilliger ("Blue Eyes")
Auntie
Vera Vague
Vera Vague
1943 Vera
Matilda Jones
Vera Vague
1942 Aunt Nellie
Tabitha Hazy
Mariposa Ginsbotham
Mademoiselle Gloria
1941 Janie
Henriette Teagarden
Vera Vague
Myra Stanhope
1940 Louise Watkins
Adelaide Barnett
Veronica Whipple
Susan
Ms. Konk (uncredited)
Vera Vague
1939 Mrs. John Potter
Receptionist (uncredited)
Mrs. Errol
Year Character Movie/Tv

Join the discussion

Please Log in to comment