Evelyn Venable

Highest Rated: 100% Pinocchio (1940)
Birthday: Oct 18, 1913
Birthplace: Not Available
Evelyn Venable's first dramatic appearance was in a Cincinnati high school production of Romeo and Juliet; this led to her professional debut in a civic center production of Dear Brutus. Venable won a scholarship to Vassar, then briefly attended the University of Cincinnati before joining a stock company supervised by Broadway star Walter Hampden, an old friend of the Venable family. She received generous critical praise for her performance as Roxanne opposite Hampden's Cyrano de Bergerac. While appearing with the Hampden troupe in Los Angeles, Venable was signed by Paramount Pictures. During her brief reign as a movie star, Venable was subject to reams of publicity coverage: she was billed as "the kissless girl," purportedly because her father had insisted that a clause be inserted in her contract preventing her from being kissed onscreen (Venable's dad found this studio-fabricated legend as perplexing as she did). Reportedly, she was the model for Columbia Pictures' "Torch Lady," though other likely candidates for this honor include Claudia Dell and Viola Dana. The one Evelyn Venable performance that received the widest distribution was her voice-only portrayal of the Blue Fairy in Disney's Pinocchio (1940). After retiring from films, Venable resumed her scholastic career, enrolling at U.C.L.A. some 25 years after leaving the University of Cincinnati. Majoring in Greek and Latin, Evelyn eventually joined the U.C.L.A. faculty. Evelyn Venable's first and only husband was cinematographer Hal Mohr, whom she met on the set of the Will Rogers vehicle David Harum (1934).

Highest Rated Movies



100% Pinocchio The Blue Fairy 1940
No Score Yet Heritage of the Desert Miriam Naab 1939
No Score Yet Female Fugitive Peggy Mallory 1938
No Score Yet Hollywood Stadium Mystery Polly Ward 1938
No Score Yet The Frontiersman June Lake 1938
No Score Yet Happy Go Lucky Mary Gorha 1936
No Score Yet Streamline Express Patricia Wells 1935
No Score Yet The Little Colonel Elizabeth 1935
93% Alice Adams Mildred Palmer 1935
No Score Yet Vagabond Lady Miss Josephine 'Jo' Spiggins 1935
No Score Yet Harmony Lane Susan Pentland 1935
86% Death Takes a Holiday Grazia 1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Lucy Olcott 1934
No Score Yet Double Door Actor 1934