Barbara Worth

Barbara Worth (1906–1955) was an American film actress and screenwriter.[1]

Barbara Worth
Lobby card for Fast and Furious (1927) with Barbara Worth at left
BornJanuary 6, 1906
DiedFebruary 15, 1955
Other namesVerna Louise Dooley
OccupationActress, Writer
Years active1923 - 1949 (film)
Spouse(s)Tamar Lane
Parent(s)James H. Dooley

Early years

She was born Verna Dooley in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of James H. Dooley, a Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad commercial agent.[2] She attended both Ohio State and a private school in Charleston, South Carolina.[3]


Worth's entry into films came via a project of Universal Pictures Corporation. In 1925, she was one of 14 young women "comparatively unknown to the screen" who were selected for the Universal Stock Company, which trained them via "small parts and bits."[4]

Her film career included 11 features.[5]

Personal life

In 1926, Worth married Tamar Lane, who was editor and publisher of Film Mercury.[6]

Selected filmography




  1. Pitts, p. 88
  2. "Father of Actress Dies". The Circleville Herald. Ohio, Circleville. 26 September 1941. p. 10. Retrieved December 31, 2017 via
  3. "Daily Squint at the Movie Stars". Star-Gazette. New York, Elmira. 23 April 1927. p. 10. Retrieved December 31, 2017 via
  4. "Campaign for New Talent on at Universal". The Los Angeles Sunday Times. California, Los Angeles. 6 September 1925. p. 16. Retrieved December 31, 2017 via
  5. Katchmer, George A. (2009). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 408. ISBN 9781476609058. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. "Worth-Lane". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. 21 November 1926. p. 18. Retrieved December 31, 2017 via


  • Michael R. Pitts. Poverty Row Studios, 1929-1940: An Illustrated History of 55 Independent Film Companies, with a Filmography for Each. McFarland & Company, 2005.

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