UC MagazineUniversity of CincinnatiUC Magazine

UC Magazine

UC alumnae take their place in ...

100 years of stage and screen sweethearts

(Click on any photo to enter slideshow
containing more photos than seen here.)

Theda Bara, att. 1906-08 (1885-1955)

Popular silent film actress who became one of cinema's earliest sex symbols, earning her nickname "The Vamp." Made more than 40 films, mostly in the 1910s. (Read more)

Jane Froman, att. CCM late ‘20s (1907–80)

A popular radio singing star, a Ziegfield Follies performer who befriended Fannie Brice in the 1930s, an opera singer, a nightclub headliner and a TV guest star. She was especially popular with WWII soldiers because she was an injured veteran of the war. (Read entire UC Magazine story.)

portrait of Jane Froman from the 1930s
Jane sings a song into an NBC microphone.
Jane Froman portrait from the 1930s
Jane poses next to a white bust. She wears a flowing, yet classic, gown.
Froman portrait
Joan on stage in a long white gown and a long white wig.

Evelyn Venable, A&S ’33 (1913-93)

A silver-screen star who probably posed as the Statue of Liberty for the Columbia Pictures logo. In the 1930s, Evelyn Venable played opposite stars like Katharine Hepburn, Robert Young, Shirley Temple, Fred MacMurray, W.C. Fields, the Cabbage Patch kids, Fredric March and Will Rogers. (Read entire UC Magazine story.)

Faith Prince, CCM ’79, HonDoc '09

A Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning actress on Broadway, who received acclaim for her roles in "A Catered Affair" ('08), “Bells Are Ringing" ('01), “Guys and Dolls” ('92-95, for which she won both awards as best actress) and “Jerome Robbins' Broadway" ('89-90). (Read much more.)

Sarah Jessica Parker, CCM Prep School, late ’60s or early ’70s

Best known as the Manhattan sex-columnist Carrie Bradshaw, the lead character in the HBO series "Sex and the City" (1998-2004), for which she won four Golden Globes and nominations for three more — one for every year she was on the show. She also won two Emmys and six nominations. In 1977, she landed her first Broadway gig in “Annie,” eventually working her way into the namesake role.

Professional portrait of Sara, hair pulled back and wearing black.
Closeup of Sara's long blonde hair blowing in the wind.
Sara in a strapless silver gown, hair down.
Sara wears a stunning strapless gown, and her husband Matthew Broderick wears a black suit and tie.
Casual shot of Sara outside, wearing a black sweater witih curly air haning loose.

Karen Olivo, CCM '97

Actress who won Best Featured Actress Tony Award for "West Side Story in ’09, as well as both a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Best Female Dancer on Broadway for "In the Heights" in ’06. But she is probably best known for her TV appearances — recurring roles on "The Good Wife" and "Harry's Law," plus frequent roles on various versions of "Law and Order." (Read more.)

Kearran Giovanni, CCM '03

TV and Broadway actress who is currently in the recurring role of Detective Amy Sykes on the TNT series “Major Crimes” (2012-14). Previously, she had the recurring role of Dr. Vivian Wright in the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live” (2009-12). But she started her career on Broadway. She performed in seven great musicals and received a Fred & Adele Astaire Award nomination for Best Female Dancer in a Broadway Musical (“Guys and Dolls” revival in ’09). (Read more.)

Kearran wears a sexy backless dress.
Kearran poses in a garden in a flowing strapless white gown.
Kearran poses in a white sleeveless dress.
(Visit the Web page for male alumni heartthrobs.)
— posted Valentine's Day 2014