Rose Hobart

Rose Hobart

  • Born on
    • May 1st, 1906
  • Died on
    • August 29th, 2000
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.


Acting (13 Credits)

1947Cass Timberlane as Diantha Marl
1947The Farmer's Daughter as Virginia Thatcher
1946Canyon Passage as Marta Lestrade
1945Conflict as Kathryn Mason
1945Isle of the Dead as Mary St. Aubyn (in long shot; uncredited)
1943The Mad Ghoul as Della Elliott, reporter
1941Nothing But the Truth as Mrs. Harriet Donnelly
1941Lady Be Good as Mrs. Carter Wardley
1941Ziegfeld Girl as Mrs. Merton
1940Susan and God as Irene
1939Tower of London as Anne Neville
1936Rose Hobart
1931Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Muriel Carew

Herself (1 Credits)

1998Universal Horror as Self - Interviewee

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