Benay Venuta (Benvenuta Rose Crooke)

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San Francisco, California, USA
The exceedingly lovely and highly musical Benay Venuta was born on January 27, 1911, as Benvenuta Rose Crooke in San Francisco, California. Attending finishing school in Geneva, she subsequently dropped out and headed off to London.

Her career in show business began as a teenage dancer in 1925. Returning to the States a few years later, she made her stage debut in "The Big Parade" in 1928, with nightclubs and vaudeville also a vital part of her early experience. Following a role in the musical revue "Tip Toes" (1929), the flashy blonde performer appeared ready for bigger things. Read more...


Character: San Francisco Party Girl

The Trail of '98 1928

Character: Dolly Tate

Annie Get Your Gun 1950

Character: Madame Bernsdorff-Mueller

Stars and Stripes Forever 1952

Character: Mrs. Stagg

Climax! 1954