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Also Known As: Died: November 16, 1993
Born: October 18, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, college professor

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 He Hired the Boss (1943) Emily Conway
2.
 Pinocchio (1940) Voice of The Blue Fairy
3.
 Lucky Cisco Kid (1940) Mrs. [Emily] Lawrence
4.
 Heritage of the Desert (1939) Miriam Nabb
5.
 The Headleys at Home (1938) Pamela Headley
6.
 My Old Kentucky Home (1938) Lisbeth Calvert
7.
8.
 The Frontiersmen (1938) June Lake
9.
 Female Fugitive (1938) Peggy Mallory
10.
 Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938) Pauline "Polly" Ward
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Began acting while a student in high school
1932:
After briefly attending Vassar and the University of Cincinnati, joined actor Walter Hampden's noted Shakespearean stock company
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Spotted by a Paramount Studios talent scout while playing Ophelia in a Los Angeles production of "Hamlet"; signed to movie contract
1933:
Made film debut in "Cradle Song", directed by Mitchell Leisen
1934:
Had perhaps best film role as Grazia in "Death Takes a Holiday", also helmed by Leisen
1935:
Supported Katharine Hepburn in "Alice Adams"
1940:
Provided the voice of the Blue Fairy in the classic animated feature, "Pinocchio"
1943:
Retired from features after "He Hired the Boss"
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Taught for many years at UCLA in the classics department after completing a master's degree there
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Education

Vassar College: Poughkeepsie , New York -
University of Cincinnati: Cincinnati , Ohio -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1958

Notes

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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husband:
Hal Mohr. Director of photography. Eloped c. 1934; born on August 2, 1894; died in 1974; his third marriage; had two children from first marriage.

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father:
Emerson Venable. College professor.
mother:
Dolores Venable.
daughter:
Dolores Mohr. Born on November 26, 1935; survived her.
daughter:
Rosalia Mohr. Born on March 26, 1937; survived her.
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