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April 9, 2024

Fabulous Photos of Vanessa Brown in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1928 as Smylla Brind in Vienna, Austria, Austrian-American actress Vanessa Brown had an IQ of 165 led to two years of work as one of the young panelists on the radio series Quiz Kids. She specialized in literature and language. In her adult years, she had an interview program on the Voice of America.

Brown made her film debut in Youth Runs Wild (1944). RKO changed her screen name to Vanessa Brown and assigned her to a series of ingenue roles over the next few years. She was the eighth actress to play the role of Jane, appearing in Tarzan and the Slave Girl (1950) opposite Lex Barker. Her last film appearance was playing Millie Perkins’s sister in the horror film The Witch Who Came from the Sea (1976).

In 1959, Brown was described in a newspaper article as “a promising artist whose oil paintings hang in the homes of top film colony personalities.” She signed her paintings with her birth name, Smylla. A gallery in Beverly Hills, California held a one-woman show of her work in 1958.

Brown died in 1999, aged 71. She has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a motion pictures star at 1621 Vine Street and a television star at 6528 Hollywood Boulevard. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portraits of young Vanessa Brown in the 1940s and 1950s.


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