Genevieve Tobin

Genevieve Tobin
Universal Pictures


Genevieve Tobin
Film: North side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Nov. 29, 1901 in New York, NY
Died July 31, 1995 in Los Angeles, CA

Genevieve Tobin, an actress who segued between stage and screen, later married a director and switched her own pursuits to art and photography.

As a young woman, she appeared in the silent film "No Mother to Guide Her" in 1923. But most of her early work was on the stage—in New York, on tour throughout the United States and in England. Among her plays were "Little Old New York," which toured for two years.

Settling in Hollywood in the early 1930s, she usually played flirtatious leading roles and second leads, mostly for Warner Bros. and RKO. She acted opposite such well-known actors as Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Adolphe Menjou, Edward G. Robinson, Edward Everett Horton, Maurice Chevalier and Cary Grant.

Among her films were "A Lady Surrenders," "The Gay Diplomat," "The Wrecker," "Success at Any Price," "One Hour With You," "The Petrified Forest" and "The Great Gambini."

"Playing in both mediums is of great value to any actor," the actress told The Times in 1933. "I started my career on the stage, then came to pictures, and I feel that experience in both types of acting has done me no harm."

Tobin met her husband when he directed her in a play in New York. He later directed her in the films "Easy to Love," "Yes, My Darling Daughter" and her last, "No Time for Comedy" in 1940.

She traveled with him throughout the world for his location shoots. During that time, the former actress studied painting.

She also helped her husband photograph art and architectural monuments in cities throughout Europe for the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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