October 18, 1913|
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||November 15, 1993
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cancer|
|Spouse(s)||Hal Mohr (1934–1974) (His death)|
|Children||Dolores Mohr, Rosalia Mohr|
Evelyn Venable (October 18, 1913 – November 15, 1993) was an American actress. In addition to starring in several films in the 1930s and 1940s, she was the voice and model for the Blue Fairy in Walt Disney's Pinocchio (1940). She was the original model for the personification of Columbia in the Columbia Pictures logo.
Life and career
Evelyn Venable was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the only child of Emerson and Dolores Venable. She graduated from Walnut Hills High School (class of 1930), where her father and grandfather William Henry Venable taught English. She performed in several plays at Walnut Hills, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Dream Child in Dear Brutus and Rosalind in As You Like It. She attended Vassar College for a short time before returning to the University of Cincinnati. She performed in Walter Hampden's touring productions, including Roxane in Cyrano de Bergerac and Ophelia in Hamlet.
During a performance in Los Angeles, she was recognized and offered several film contracts. After initially turning down the offers, she signed a contract with Paramount in 1932. Her contract was unique in that she would not have to cut her hair, pose for leg art, or perform in bit parts. A long-believed apocryphal story sprang up that she was forbidden by her father to engage in any kissing scenes in her films, and although this eventually proved to be false, she indeed does not have any kissing scenes in her most memorable films, not even in Death Takes a Holiday (1934), in which she falls in love with Fredric March, or The Little Colonel (1935), in which she plays Shirley Temple's mother. She played the lead or second lead in a series of films in the 1930s, and was the original model for the Columbia Pictures logo.
In 1943 Venable retired from acting so that she could spend time with her family. She resumed her studies at UCLA and became a faculty member there, teaching ancient Greek and Latin and organizing the production of Greek plays within the Classics department.
- Cradle Song (1933)
- David Harum (1933)
- Double Door (1934)
- Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
- Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934)
- Streamline Express (1935)
- Harmony Lane (1935)
- Vagabond Lady (1935)
- The County Chairman (1935)
- The Little Colonel (1935)
- Alice Adams (1935)
- Star for a Night (1936)
- Happy Go Lucky (1936)
- North of Nome (1937)
- Racketeers in Exile (1937)
- My Old Kentucky Home (1937)
- The Frontiersman (1938)
- Female Fugitive (1938)
- Hollywood Stadium Mystery (1938)
- Heritage of the Desert (1938)
- The Headleys at Home (1939)
- Pinocchio (1940)
- Lucky Cisco Kid (1940)
- He Hired the Boss (1940)
- Get It (1943)
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