Barbara Jo Allen, actress also known as “Vera Vague” during the 1940s and 50s

Barbara Jo Allen (September 2, 1906 – September 14, 1974) was an actress, comedienne, and writer who induced laughs nationwide during the 1940s and 50s after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster “Vera Vague”.  Allen based the character on a woman she had seen delivering a PTA literature lecture in a confused manner. As Vague, she popularized the catch phrase “You dear boy!” After starting her career on the radio Allen met and soon became a favorite of Bob Hope and along with other Hope connections such as comic Jerry Colonna and singer Frances Langford, traveled with Hope on his various USO tours throughout the world. She also appeared with other top radio stars of the time such as Al Jolson and Jack Benny. After WWII, Allen went on to appear in over fifty movies and shorts, often billed as “Vera Vague”. She also did voices for animation, most notably as the fairy Fauna in “Sleeping Beauty” (1959) and the Scullery Maid in “The Sword in the Stone” (1963). As Vera Vague, Allen has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for motion pictures at 1720 Vine Street and one for radio at 1639 Vine Street. Both were dedicated February 8, 1960.

Barbara Jo Allen (September 2, 1906 – September 14, 1974)

Barbara Jo Allen
(September 2, 1906 – September 14, 1974)

Barbara Jo Allen, also known as Vera Vague, the spinster character she created and portrayed on radio and in films during the 1940s and 1950s.

Barbara Jo Allen, also known as Vera Vague, the spinster character she created and portrayed on radio and in films during the 1940s and 1950s.

Barbara Jo Allen also did voices for animation, most notably as the fairy Fauna in "Sleeping Beauty" (1959) and the Scullery Maid in The "Sword in the Stone" (1963).

Barbara Jo Allen

Barbara Jo Allen

Barbara Jo Allen

Barbara Jo Allen

Barbara Jo Allen

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