Verree Teasdale

Verree Teasdale
Born (1903-03-15)March 15, 1903
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Died February 17, 1987(1987-02-17) (aged 83)
Culver City, California, U.S.
Other names Veree Teasdale
Occupation actress
Years active 1924c.1950
Spouse(s) William J. O'Neal (19271933)
Adolphe Menjou (19351963)

Verree Teasdale (March 15, 1903 February 17, 1987) was an American actress born in Spokane, Washington.

A second cousin of Edith Wharton, Teasdale attended Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and trained as a stage actress at the New York School of Expression. She first appeared on Broadway in 1924 and performed there regularly until 1932.[1]

from First Lady (1937)

After co-starring in Somerset Maugham's play The Constant Wife with Ethel Barrymore in 1926-27, she was offered a film contract, and her first film, Syncopation, was released in 1929. Teasdale appeared older than her physical age, which enabled her to play bored society wives, scheming other women and second leads in comedies such as Eddie Cantor's Roman Scandals (1933). In 1935 she played Hippolyta in Max Rheinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream and both her bored and sneering looks to Theseus's blandishments brought life and colour to this often bland and minor role.

In 1935 she married actor Adolphe Menjou, and they remained together until his death in 1963. Teasdale and Menjou appeared together in two films, the Harold Lloyd vehicle The Milky Way in 1936 and Hal Roach's Turnabout in 1940, and were also co-hosts of a syndicated radio program in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Teasdale retired after the radio program finished its run, keeping busy with her hobby of costume design. She died on 17 February 1987 in Culver City, California.[2][3] She is interred next to her husband in Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.



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