Vera Vague

Vera Vague
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Vera Vague
Radio: West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Vera Vague
Film: East side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actress | Comedienne
Born Sept. 2, 1906 in New York, NY
Died Sept. 14, 1974 in Santa Barbara, CA

The announcer begins: "And now, ladies and gentlemen, here comes that zany of the ozone, that nitwit of the networks, that versatile vacuum, Miss Vera Vague."

"Well," chortles the voice with a bustle, "bless your heart!"

And out onto the broadcasting stage walks a beautiful woman wearing a chic tailored suit and carrying a script into which she, personally, has slipped some of the best gag lines and all of the characterization.

On the screen she's been known as Barbara Jo Allen. On the radio she not only portrays the unquenchable, eternally optimistic manhunter Vera Vague, but she also takes the part of that sweet sorceress Beth Holly in "One Man's Family."

It all began in 1932, when radio was really hitting its stride. Allen was in San Francisco, where she had been playing with the Henry Duffy repertory company. The broadcasting stations were beginning to make a bid for actors, and Allen was given as audition. In no time at all, she was doing 12 radio shows a week.

Allen went on to appear in motion pictures and on television often as her funny alter ego, Vera Vague.

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