Monique van Vooren

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Monique van Vooren
Born (1927-03-25) March 25, 1927 (age 91)
Brussels, Belgium
Other names Monique Vooren
Citizenship United States
Occupation Actor, dancer, writer
Years active 1950-2012
Spouse(s) 1) Jacobson (details unknown)
2) Kurt (or Curt) Henry Pfenniger (m. 1950-19??; divorced)
3) Gerard Walter "Jerry" Purcell (m. 1958–2002), his death); 1 child[1][2]
Children Eric Purcell (b. 1963)
Parent(s) George Bronz (or Bronze)
Louise Van Vooren (September 10, 1889–October 3, 1957)

Monique van Vooren (born March 25, 1927) is a Belgian-American musical theatre, film and television actress and dancer, who first arrived in the United States on November 3, 1949. She has written several books.

Early years[edit]

Born in Brussels to Belgian parents, George Bronz (or Bronze) and Louise van Vooren, respectively, Monique was a champion skater and a beauty queen in Belgium. She reportedly studied philosophy and languages and learned to speak English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Dutch. "I can also read Greek and Latin", she claimed.[3] Her first visit to the United States apparently took place in 1946 at age 19, with the married name "Jakobson" and listed as a "housewife".[4][5] Her second husband was Kurt (or Curt) Henry Pfenniger. Her third husband was New York businessman Gerard Walter Purcell (October 17, 1915 – March 17, 2002). The couple were married from 1958 until Purcell's death in 2002.[1]


On Broadway, van Vooren played in John Murray Anderson's Almanac (1953–54) and Man on the Moon (1975).[6] In the 1960s, van Vooren starred in summer stock theatre productions in the United States.[5] Van Vooren recorded an album, Mink in HiFi for RCA Victor.[5] In 1956, she signed a contract with Request Records.[7]

In 1983, Signet published Night Sanctuary, written by van Vooren.[8] She described the book as being about "the dark side of people."[9]

Legal problems[edit]

In 1983, van Vooren was found guilty of lying before a federal grand jury and "ordered to get psychiatric help and perform 500 hours of community service as part of a suspended sentence."[10] The sentence resulted from an investigation of "whether she had pocketed her dead mother [who died in 1957]'s Social Security payments."[10]



  1. ^ a b "Paid Notice: Deaths PURCELL, GERARD W". The New York Times. 2002-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Desert Sun". 1958-06-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Beauty Hinders Acting Career -- Monique Van Vooren". Standard-Speaker. December 16, 1961. p. 19. Retrieved October 19, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Thomas, Bob (February 16, 1957). "Blonde Belgian Singer Cocks Practiced Eye at U.S. Women". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. p. 4. Retrieved October 19, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ a b c "Monique Van Vooren To Star In Canal Fulton Production". The Daily Times. July 19, 1963. p. 7. Retrieved October 19, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Monique Van Vooren". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Music as Written" (PDF). Billboard. May 12, 1956. p. 14. Retrieved 20 October 2015. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Night Sanctuary". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Kleiner, Dick (April 10, 1982). "Monique Van Vooren turns to writing". The Index-Journal. p. 26. Retrieved October 19, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ a b "Monique Van Vooren Sentenced". The Dispatch. September 24, 1983. p. 2. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 

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