Evelyn Venable, A&S ’33 (1913-93)
Known for being cast in wholesome roles, Evelyn Venable was the voice of the Blue Fairy in “Pinocchio” (1940), and some say she was the model for the art, as well. In the mid-1930s, she modeled for the Columbia Pictures logo, a corporate version of the Statue of Liberty. (See gallery at bottom of page.)
Colleagues say her all-American good looks caused her to be chosen for the statuesque job. Her image appeared for many years but was subsequently replaced with more contemporary models.
Born in Cincinnati, Evelyn was the daughter of Emerson Venable, a college professor and a noted Shakespearean authority. She began acting in high school plays, playing Juliet at 15 at the Cincinnati Civic Theater.
She attended Vassar College on a scholarship, but left after one year to return to her hometown, where she enrolled in the University of Cincinnati. She left school in 1933 to join a Shakespearean acting troupe -- a move that paid off in the long run. That same year, she was playing Ophelia in “Hamlet” at the Los Angeles' Biltmore Theater when a Paramount talent scout signed her to a film contract.