Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars You Never Knew: Evelyn Venable
On August 5, Mariah Carey became the 2,556th star to earn a permanent spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—whose lights already illuminated the path? Each week, PopCrush will look into the oft-forgotten icons of yesteryear. Between Slim Summerville (?), Tichi Wilkerson Kassel (!) and the Fibber McGee and Molly radio show, this is your own Walk Through Memory Fame.
Does the woman above remind you of anyone—say, the romantic totem holding a torch in Columbia Pictures' famous symbol?
THAT'S BECAUSE SHE IS THE TEMPLATE FOR THE ROMANTIC TOTEM HOLDING A TORCH IN COLUMBIA PICTURES' FAMOUS SYMBOL.
Evelyn Venable was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1913 to a woman named Dolores and a man named Emerson, who taught English at her high school (embarrassing!!!). She performed in local plays before graduating and enrolling at Vassar College, but ultimately left to join a touring company, where she was scouted to be a film star but declined a handful of offers.
But OH DID THE TIDES TURN in 1932, when she signed a deal with Paramount under the stipulation that she'd never have to cut her hair or "pose for leg art," according to a University of Cincinnati magazine story. It's also rumored that her father explicitly forbade her from accepting any roles that involved kissing — and while that was never confirmed, SHE NEVER KISSED ANYONE IN A ROLE (not even in 1934's Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch!).
Venable went on to star in a number of films including Double Door and My Old Kentucky Home. She even voiced Pinocchio's Blue Fairy, who once condescended to Pinocchio by asking, "Pinocchio, why didn't you go to school?" She eventually retired from film in 1943 to take care of her daughters, and returned to school at UCLA, where she later became a classics lecturer. She died at 80 in 1993.
Venable's star shines brightly outside of 1500 Vine Street, which is just across the way from the neighborhood's friendly Hollywood 48 Hour Miracle Diet HQ and beside upscale diner The Waffle, which boasts a dog-friendly patio.