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Rose Hobart

Rose Hobart (born Rose Kefer) was an American actress and Screen Actors Guild official. When Hobart was 15, she debuted professionally in Cappy Ricks, a Chautauqua production. She was accepted for the 18-week tour because she told officials that she was 18. At that same age, she was cast in Ferenc Molnár's Liliom, which opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Hobart's Broadway stage debut was on September 17, 1923 at the Knickerbocker Theater, playing a young girl in Lullaby. In 1925, she played Charmian in Caesar and Cleopatra. Hobart was an original member of Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre. In 1928, she made her London debut, playing Nona Rolf in The Comic Artist. During her career in theater, she toured with Noël Coward in The Vortex and was cast opposite Helen Hayes in What Every Woman Knows. Her performance as Grazia in Death Takes a Holiday won her a Hollywood contract. Hobart appeared in more than 40 motion pictures over a 20-year period. Her first film role was the part of Julie in the first talking picture version of Liliom, made by Fox Film Corporation in 1930, starring Charles Farrell in the title role, and directed by Frank Borzage. Under contract to Universal, Hobart starred in A Lady Surrenders, East of Borneo, and Scandal for Sale. On loan to other studios, she appeared in Chances and Compromised. In 1931, she co-starred with Fredric March and Miriam Hopkins in Rouben Mamoulian's original film version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She played the role of Muriel, Jekyll's fiancée. In 1936, Surrealist artist Joseph Cornell, who bought a print of East of Borneo to screen at home, became smitten with the actress, and cut out nearly all the parts that did not include her. He also showed the film at silent film speed and projected it through a blue-tinted lens. He named the resulting work Rose Hobart. Hobart often played the "other woman" in movies during the 1940s, with her last major film role in Bride of Vengeance. The House Un-American Activities Committee investigated Hobart in 1949, effectively ending her career. She believed that she first came to the attention of anti-Communist activists because of her commitment to improving working conditions for actors in Hollywood.

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May 1, 1906 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Liliom 1930-10-05
Latest Project:
Movie Rose Hobart 2 2022
Known For
Poster of Rose Hobart 2
Poster of Cannon
Poster of Night Gallery
Poster of Gunsmoke
Movie Rose Hobart 2 Herself 2022
Movie Universal Horror Self - Interviewee 1998-10-08
Movie Bogart: The Untold Story Herself 1997-01-05
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Night Gallery Mrs. Hugo (segment "The Dear Departed") 1970-12-16
Series The Invaders Housekeeper - Irma 1967-01-10
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie Mickey Lydia Matthews 1948-06-23
Movie The Farmer's Daughter Virginia Thatcher 1947-01-01
Movie The Trouble with Women Agnes Meeler 1947-06-25
Movie Cass Timberlane Diantha Marl 1947-11-06
Movie Claudia and David Edith Dexter 1946-02-25
Movie The Cat Creeps Connie Palmer 1946-05-17
Movie Canyon Passage Marta Lestrade 1946-07-17
Movie The Brighton Strangler Dorothy Kent 1945-05-10
Movie Isle of the Dead Mary St. Aubyn (in long shot; uncredited) 1945-09-01
Movie Conflict Kathryn Mason 1945-06-15
Movie The Soul of a Monster Lilyan Gregg 1944-08-17
Movie Salute to the Marines Mrs. Carson 1943-09-02
Movie Swing Shift Maisie Lead Woman (Uncredited) 1943-10-01
Movie The Adventures of Smilin' Jack Trudy Muller, aka Fraulein von Teufel 1943-01-05
Movie The Mad Ghoul Della Elliott, reporter 1943-11-12
Movie The Crime Doctor’s Strangest Case Mrs. Diana Burns 1943-12-09
Movie A Gentleman at Heart Claire Barrington 1942-01-16
Movie Mr. and Mrs. North Carol Brent 1942-01-23
Movie Who Is Hope Schuyler? Alma Pearce 1942-04-17
Movie Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant Mrs. Black 1942-11-01
Movie Gallant Lady Rosemary Walsh 1942-05-29
Movie Singapore Woman Alice North 1941-05-17
Movie I'll Sell My Life Dale Layden 1941-09-12
Movie Ziegfeld Girl Mrs. Merton 1941-04-25
Movie Lady Be Good Mrs. Carter Wardley 1941-09-18
Movie No Hands on the Clock Mrs. Marion West 1941-12-01
Movie Nothing But the Truth Mrs. Harriet Donnelly 1941-10-10
Movie Wolf of New York Peggy Nolan 1940-01-23
Movie Susan and God Irene 1940-06-07
Movie Tower of London Anne Neville 1939-11-17
Movie Rose Hobart (Archive Footage) 1936-12-09
Movie Convention Girl Cynthia 'Babe' LaVal 1935-10-30
Movie The Shadow Laughs Ruth Hackett 1933-03-26
Movie Scandal for Sale Claire Strong 1932-04-01
Movie Chances Molly Prescott 1931-07-17
Movie East of Borneo Linda Rudolph 1931-08-01
Movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Muriel Carew 1931-12-24
Movie Liliom Julie 1930-10-05
Movie A Lady Surrenders Isabel Beauvel 1930-10-06