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Barbara Jo Allen

Barbara Jo Allen
Personal information
Birth dateSeptember 2, 1906
Place of birthNew York City, New York, U.S.
Date of deathSeptember 14, 1974(age 68)
Death placeSanta Barbara, California, U.S.
SpouseBarton Yarborough
Charles H. Crosby
Norman Morrell

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Barbara Jo Allen (September 2, 1906 September 14, 1974) was an actress also known as Vera Vague, the spinster character she created and portrayed on radio and in films during the 1940s and 1950s. She 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!"

Allen's acting ability first surfaced in school plays. Following her high school graduation, she went to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. Concentrating on language, she became proficient in French, Spanish, German and Italian. After the death of her parents, she moved to Los Angeles where she lived with her uncle.

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