Barbara Jo Allen (1906–1974)

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Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The character, however, was to be both her fortune and her... See full bio »

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Known For

Cowboy Canteen Vera Vague
The Opposite Sex Dolly DeHaven
Square Dance Katy Gypsy Jones


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (68 credits)
 1963 The Sword in the Stone
Scullery Maid (voice, uncredited)
 1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Elaine Bradford
- Separate Checks (1962) ... Elaine Bradford
 1960 Goliath II (Short)
Goliath II's Mother (voice, uncredited)
 1959 Maverick (TV Series)
Mrs. Hannah Adams / Mrs. Celia Mallaver
- A Tale of Three Cities (1959) ... Mrs. Hannah Adams
- The Rivals (1959) ... Mrs. Celia Mallaver
 1959 Born to Be Loved
Irene Hoffman (as Vera Vague)
 1959 Sleeping Beauty
Fauna (voice)
 1958 Hey, Jeannie! (TV Series)
- The Orphan (1958) ... Mabel (as Vera Vague)
- The Landlord (1958) ... Mabel (as Vera Vague)
- The Jam (1958) ... Mabel (as Vera Vague)
- The Highway (1958) ... Mabel (as Vera Vague)
- The Bet (1958) ... Mabel (as Vera Vague)
 1958 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
Mrs. Winslow
- Lovey-Dovey (1958) ... Mrs. Winslow (as Vera Vague)
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Dolly DeHaven
 1956 Mohawk
Aunt Agatha (as Vera Vague)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Parkinson
- The Muse and Mr. Parkinson (1956) ... Mrs. Parkinson (as Vera Vague)
 1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
- Hands Across the Table (1956) ... Laura
 1954 Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Life (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1953 Follow the Leader (TV Series)
Hostess (as Vera Vague)
 1952 The Greatest Man on Earth (TV Series)
Host (1953) (as Vera Vague)
 1952 Happy Go Wacky (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1951 She Took a Powder (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1951 The James Melton Show (TV Series)
Regular (as Vera Vague)
 1950 Nursie Behave (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1950 Square Dance Katy
Gypsy Jones (as Vera Vague)
 1949 Wha' Happen? (Short)
Vera (as Vera Vague)
 1949 Clunked in the Clink (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1949 A Miss in a Mess (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1948 Sitka Sue (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1948 Screen Snapshots: Smiles and Styles (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1947 Screen Snapshots: Off the Air (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1947 Cupid Goes Nuts (Short)
Vera Vague / Prudy Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1946 Reno-Vated (Short)
Vera Butts (as Vera Vague)
 1946 Earl Carroll Sketchbook
Sherry Lane (as Vera Vague)
 1946 Headin' for a Weddin' (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1946 Hiss and Yell (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1945 Calling All Fibbers (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1945 Snafu
Madge Stevens (as Vera Vague)
 1945 Screen Snapshots Series 25, No. 2: Radio Shows (Short)
Vera Vague - The Bob Hope Show
 1945 The Jury Goes Round 'n' Round (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1944 She Snoops to Conquer (Short)
Vera Vague - the Reporter (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Lake Placid Serenade
Countess (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Girl Rush
Suzie Banks (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Strife of the Party (Short)
Vera Clayton (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid
Mrs. Terwilliger aka Blue Eyes (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Rosie the Riveter
Vera Watson (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Moon Over Las Vegas
Auntie (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Cowboy Canteen
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1944 Doctor, Feel My Pulse (Short)
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1943 You Dear Boy! (Short)
Vera (as Vera Vague)
 1943 Get Going
Matilda Jones (as Vera Vague)
 1943/I Swing Your Partner
Vera Vague (as Vera Vague)
 1942 Ice Capades Revue
Aunt Nellie
 1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Miss Tabitha Hazy (as Vera Vague)
 1942 Hi, Neighbor
Vera Greenfield (as Vera Vague)
 1942 Priorities on Parade
Mariposa Ginsbotham (as Vera Vague)
 1942 Larceny, Inc
Mademoiselle Gloria
 1941 Design for Scandal
 1941 Buy Me That Town
Henriette Teagarden
 1941 Ice-Capades
Vera Vague
 1941 Kiss the Boys Goodbye
Myra Stanhope
 1940 The Mad Doctor
Louise Watkins (as Barbara Allen [Vera Vague])
 1940 Melody Ranch
Veronica Whipple (as Barbara Allen - 'Vera Vague')
 1940 Melody and Moonlight
Adelaide Barnett
 1940 Broadway Melody of 1940
Ms. Konk (uncredited)
 1940 Village Barn Dance
Vera (as Vera Vague)
 1939 Kennedy the Great (Short)
Mrs. John Potter
 1939 The Women
Receptionist (uncredited)
 1939 Ring Madness (Short)
Mrs. Errol
 1939 Moving Vanities (Short)
Mrs. Errol
 1939 The Rookie Cop
Mrs. Thomas (uncredited)
 1938 Major Difficulties (Short)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Self (11 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(Summer 1947) She acted in S.N. Behrman's play, "Biography," in a Kenley Players production in Deer Lake, Pennsylvania. John Kenley was artistic director. See more »

Alternate Names:

Barbara Allen - 'Vera Vague' | Vera Vague | Barbara Allen [Vera Vague]


Norman Morrell  (her death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Did a recording for the character Madame Leota on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland but was later replaced by her Sleeping Beauty co-star Eleanor Audley. See more »

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