Barbara Jo Allen (TV Actress)


Barbara Jo Allen 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!” Born in New York City, Allen was the daughter of Charles Henshall. Following her mother’s death when Allen was 9, she went to live with an aunt and uncle in Los Angeles. She was educated at Los Angeles High School, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Sorbonne. Her acting ability first surfaced in school plays. Concentrating on language at the Sorbonne, she became proficient in French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Born: Marian Barbara Henshall, September 2, 1906, New York City, U.S.
Died: September 14, 1974, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Other names: Vera Vague
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1937–1963
Spouse(s): Barton Yarborough, (m. 19, div. 1931)
Children: 2
IMDb: Barbara Jo Allen’s IMDb

About Barbara Jo Allen

Appeared as the spinstress Vera Vague on various films and TV programs.

Before Fame

After graduating college, she continued her love for acting in her studies at the Sorbonne in Paris.


Her well-known catchphrase was “you dear boy!”

Family Life

She was married twice before marrying Norman Morrell in 1943.


She appeared alongside Agnes Moorehead in the 1956 musical comedy The Opposite Sex.

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