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Victoria Horne

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Victoria Horne
Victoria Horne (second from left) with the Three Stooges and co-star Patricia Wright (second from right) in Cuckoo on a Choo Choo.
Born(1911-11-01)November 1, 1911
New York City, U.S.
DiedOctober 10, 2003(2003-10-10) (aged 91)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other namesVictoria Horne Oakie
Alma materAmerican Academy of Dramatic Arts
Years active1944-1959
(m. 1950; died 1978)

Victoria Horne (November 1, 1911 – October 10, 2003) was an American character actress, appearing in 49 films (uncredited in 25 of these) during the 1940s and 1950s.

Early years

Horne was born on November 1, 1911, in New York City, to Ignatz Hornstein (who emigrated from Braila, Romania) and Mary Louise Schoenwetter Hornstein.[1] She was the second of four children. The family name was changed to "Horne" when she was a child.

She was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2]


The films in which she appeared included Blue Skies, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff. Perhaps her best-known film roles were as James Stewart's love-searching niece Myrtle Mae Simmons in the 1950 film adaptation of Mary Chase's play Harvey, as Roberta in the 1952 Three Stooges short subject Cuckoo on a Choo Choo, and as Nabura, a villainous Japanese agent in the 1945 serial Secret Agent X-9.


She married actor Jack Oakie in 1950 and remained with him until his death on January 23, 1978. After his death, she arranged the posthumous publication of her late husband's book, Jack Oakie's Double Takes and also published a number of other books about him.

Victoria and Jack Oakie lived their entire married life at "Oakridge", their 11-acre (45,000 m2) estate at 18650 Devonshire Street (just west of Reseda Boulevard) in Northridge, Los Angeles, California. Victoria Oakie continued to live there after her husband's death and bequeathed the estate to the University of Southern California. After two failed attempts to develop the property, Oakridge was acquired by the City of Los Angeles. The city plans to use the property as a park and community event center. Oakridge was originally commissioned by Barbara Stanwyck and designed by Paul Williams, and is considered to be one of the last remnants of the large Northridge estates famed for thoroughbred breeding. The house and grounds are Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #484.[3][4][5]


Horne died on October 10, 2003, in a retirement home in Beverly Hills, California. She was 91.[2]


The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation underwrites "lectures on comedy and scholarships for deserving film and theater students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country."[6] An official of Syracuse University said that money provided by the foundation "was a godsend" in helping the university establish its semester-in-Los-Angeles program.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Phantom Lady Miss Payton Uncredited
1944 Men on Her Mind Minor Role Uncredited
1944 The Scarlet Claw Nora
1944 San Diego, I Love You Mrs. Allsop Uncredited
1944 Murder in the Blue Room Second Maid Uncredited
1945 Roughly Speaking Maid at Millwood Uncredited
1945 The Unseen Lily Uncredited
1945 Pillow to Post Mildred Henry Uncredited
1945 That's the Spirit Patience
1945 Secret Agent X-9 Nabura Serial
1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye Miss Whipple
1945 Pillow of Death Vivian Fletcher Voice, Uncredited
1946 The Scarlet Horseman Loma
1946 Cinderella Jones Agnes Uncredited
1946 To Each His Own Nurse Daisy Gingras
1946 In Old Sacramento Ma Dodge Uncredited
1946 She Wrote the Book The Maid Uncredited
1946 Blue Skies Martha - Mary Elizabeth's Nanny
1947 Suddenly, It's Spring WAC Lt. Billings
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames Nurse Uncredited
1947 Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman Woman Uncredited
1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Eva Muir
1947 The Crimson Key Miss Phillips
1947 Key Witness Nurse Sibley Uncredited
1947 Forever Amber Quaker Woman Uncredited
1947 Daisy Kenyon Marsha - Dan's Secretary Uncredited
1948 The Mating of Millie Nurse Uncredited
1948 The Gentleman from Nowhere Miss Keams Uncredited
1948 The Return of October Margaret Grant Uncredited
1948 The Snake Pit Ward 33 Inmate Uncredited
1949 The Life of Riley Lucy Monahan
1949 Streets of San Francisco Witness Uncredited
1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Mrs. Hargreave
1949 Mary Ryan, Detective Wilma Hall
1950 The Good Humor Man Bride
1950 Joe Palooka in Humphrey Takes a Chance Miss Tucker
1950 The Men Paraplegic's Wife Uncredited
1950 Never a Dull Moment Shivaree Partyer Uncredited
1950 Harvey Myrtle Mae Simmons
1951 The Company She Keeps Marcia Guston Uncredited
1951 Cuban Fireball The Maid
1952 Scandal Sheet Mary Uncredited
1952 Dreamboat Waitress at Ruby's Uncredited
1952 Cuckoo on a Choo Choo Roberta Short
1953 The Blue Gardenia Disturbed Woman with Big Feet Uncredited
1953 Affair with a Stranger Mrs. Wallace
1959 The Wonderful Country Townswoman at Dance Uncredited, (final film role)


  1. ^ Foote, Lisle (2014). Buster Keaton's Crew: The Team Behind His Silent Films. McFarland. p. 89. ISBN 9780786496839. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b McLellan, Dennis (October 17, 2003). "Victoria H. Oakie, 91; Gave Up Acting Career for Film Comic Husband". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Book description for Jack Oakie's Oakridge at Accessed June 16, 2007. (This appears to be incorrect; California Historical Landmark #484 is Georgetown, while Oakridge is Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #484.)
  4. ^ "City of Los Angeles Acquires Historic Oakridge Estate" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. July 2010. p. 5. Retrieved November 6, 2010.
  5. ^ "Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) List" (PDF). City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning, Office of Historic Resources. August 9, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "The Oakie Foundation". Syracuse University: Los Angeles Semester. Syracuse University. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Saval, Malina (July 19, 2017). "Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation Gives Back". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2017.


  • Jack Oakie (1980). Jack Oakie's Double Takes. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 0-89407-019-3. Autobiography published posthumously by Oakie's widow on January 1, 1980. 240 pages.
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (1980). Jack Oakie's Oakridge. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-102-7. A history of the Oakie family home, "Oakridge". 126 pages.
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (1994). "Dear Jack": Hollywood birthday reminiscences to Jack Oakie. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-113-3. Letters of congratulation and reminiscence sent from almost 150 celebrities to Jack Oakie in celebration of his 70th birthday. Compiled & edited by Mrs Oakie to commemorate his 90th birthday. 140 pages.
  • Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie (1997). When the Line Is Straight: Jack Oakie's Comedy in Motion Pictures. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 978-0-89407-140-9.
  • Victoria Horne Oakie (2001). Life With Jack Oakie: Anecdotes. Strawberry Hill Press. ISBN 0-7862-3417-2.

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