Lucille La Verne

Lucille La Verne

Lucille La Verne
Born (1872-11-07)November 7, 1872
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died March 4, 1945(1945-03-04) (aged 72)
Culver City, California, United States
Cause of death Complications of cancer
Resting place Inglewood Park Cemetery, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1888–1937
Notable work Original voice of Queen Grimhilde in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

Lucille La Verne (November 7, 1872 – March 4, 1945) was an American actress known for her appearances in silent, scolding, and vengeful roles in early color films, as well as for her triumphs on the American stage.


La Verne was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 7, 1872. She began her career as a child in local summer stock. As a teenager, she performed in small touring theater troupes. When she was fourteen she played both Juliet and Lady Macbeth back to back. Her ability to play almost any part quickly caught the attention of more prolific companies, and she made her Broadway debut in 1888. She then became a leading lady with some of the best stock companies in America, scoring triumphs in San Francisco and Boston among other cities. She eventually ran her own successful stock company.

On the New York stage, she was known for her range and versatility. Among her hits on Broadway were principal roles in Uncle Tom's Cabin, Seven Days and Way Down East. She was also known for her blackface roles. Her biggest stage triumph came in 1923, when she created the role of Widow Caggle in the hit play Sun Up. Between the Broadway run, US tour, and European tour, La Verne would give over 3,000 performances. She also worked on Broadway as a playwright and director. In the late 1920s, a Broadway theater was named for her for a short period of time.

She made her motion picture debut in 1914. Her best-known part is that of the voice of the Evil Queen, and her alter ego, the old hag, Snow White's evil stepmother, from Disney's 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.


She died in Culver City, California on March 4, 1945 at age 72, after suffering from cancer. Her interment is located at Inglewood Park Cemetery.


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