Victoria Horne

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Victoria Horne
Born Victoria Horne
(1911-11-01)November 1, 1911
New York City, New York, USA
Died October 10, 2003(2003-10-10) (aged 91)
Beverly Hills, California, USA
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other names Victoria Horne Oakie
Years active 1944 - 1959
Spouse(s) Jack Oakie (1950 - 1978)

Victoria Horne (November 1, 1911 – October 10, 2003) was an American character actress, appearing in 49 films (uncredited in 25 of these) during the 1940s and 1950s.

Horne (second from left) with the Three Stooges and co-star Patricia Wright (second from right) in Cuckoo on a Choo Choo.

Career[edit]

The films in which she appeared included Blue Skies, Forever Amber, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.. Perhaps her best-known film roles were as Myrtle Mae Simmons in the 1950 film adaptation of Mary Chase's play, Harvey, and as Roberta in the 1952 Three Stooges short subject Cuckoo on a Choo Choo.

Personal[edit]

She married actor Jack Oakie in 1950 and remained with him until his death on January 23, 1978. After his death, she arranged the posthumous publication of her late husband's book, Jack Oakie's Double Takes and also published a number of other books about him.

Victoria and Jack Oakie lived their entire married life at "Oakridge", their 11-acre (45,000 m2) estate at 18650 Devonshire Street (just west of Reseda Boulevard) in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. Victoria Oakie continued to live there after her husband's death and bequeathed the estate to the University of Southern California. After two failed attempts to develop the property, Oakridge was acquired by the City of Los Angeles. The city plans to use the property as a park and community event center. Oakridge was originally commissioned by Barbara Stanwyck and designed by Paul Williams, and is considered to be one of the last remnants of the large Northridge estates famed for thoroughbred breeding. The house and grounds are Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #484.[1][2][3]

Selected filmography[edit]

To Each His Own (1946)

(1944) "Sherlock Holmes and the Scarlet Claw" (Nora -- "Judge Brisson's" [Miles Mander] Housekeeper)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Book description for Jack Oakie's Oakridge at Amazon.com. Accessed June 16, 2007. (This appears to be incorrect; California Historical Landmark #484 is Georgetown, while Oakridge is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #484.)
  2. ^ "City of Los Angeles Acquires Historic Oakridge Estate" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. July 2010. p. 5. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jack Oakie (1980). Jack Oakie's Double Takes. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 0-89407-019-3.  Autobiography published posthumously by Oakie's widow on January 1, 1980. 240 pages.
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (1980). Jack Oakie's Oakridge. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-102-7.  A history of the Oakie family home, "Oakridge". 126 pages.
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (1994). "Dear Jack": Hollywood birthday reminiscences to Jack Oakie. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-113-3.  Letters of congratulation and reminiscence sent from almost 150 celebrities to Jack Oakie in celebration of his 70th birthday. Compiled & edited by Mrs Oakie to commemorate his 90th birthday. 140 pages.
  • Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie (1997). When the Line Is Straight: Jack Oakie's Comedy in Motion Pictures. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-140-9. 
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (2001). Life With Jack Oakie: Anecdotes. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 0-7862-3417-2. 

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