|born: 20 August 1893
74 Raglan Street,
South Melbourne, Victoria,
|died: 16 June 1956
Los Angeles, California,
United States of America
|Dark-haired, brown eyed, Australian-born silent screen actress who started in films with National in October 1918 before later appearing in mostly Hal Roach-produced shorts of the 1920s. She married Joe White on 18 January 1913 in Sydney, Australia, but by 1922 she had filed suit for divorce in Los Angeles, basing her suit on alleged cruelty. The couple were well-known in vaudeville as "VERA and JOE WHITE" (note: everywhere else and in the vaudeville advertisements the act is "JOE and VERA WHITE"). Joe and Vera White were a very successful acrobatic dance patter vaudeville team who toured all over the US, Australia, and New Zealand in "The Vaudeville Chop Suey". They had a pet American prairie dog, "TEX", as part of their act. Sadly, Tex died in Australia (February 1920) when a trunk fell on him while stage hands were unloading a truck. The dog had been in the act for 5 years.
In October 1928, Vera was "slightly injured in an automobile accident" and spent some time in the hospital.
† Some sources give a birth date of 13 September 1893; and death date as 11 November 1949. Both are believed to be wrong, based on evidence discovered in the links at the foot of this page.
|Real name: Harriett Vera Gertrude White
|Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography;
plus 1 film with Stan Laurel.