Benay Venuta was born in San Francisco, CA on Jan. 27, 1911. Veuta (neé Benvenuta Rose Crooke) was a Hollywood actress and Broadway star who painted as a hobby. She signed her works "Benay V." She died in NYC on Sept. 1, 1995.
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