Monique van Vooren

Monique van Vooren (born March 25, 1927) is a Belgian-born American actress and dancer.

Monique van Vooren
Born (1927-03-25) March 25, 1927
Other namesMonique Vooren
CitizenshipUnited States
OccupationActor, dancer, writer
Years active1950-2012
Spouse(s)1) Jacobson (details unknown)
2) Kurt (or Curt) Henry Pfenniger (m. 1950-19??; divorced)
Gerard Walter "Jerry" Purcell (m. 19582002)
, his death); 1 child[1][2]
ChildrenEric Purcell (b. 1953)
Parent(s)George Bronz (or Bronze)
Louise Van Vooren (September 10, 1889–October 3, 1957)

Early years

Born in Brussels to Belgian parents, George Bronz (or Bronze) and Louise van Vooren, Monique was a champion skater and a beauty queen in Belgium. She reportedly studied philosophy and languages and learned to speak English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, and Dutch. "I can also read Greek and Latin", she claimed.[3] Her first visit to the United States apparently took place in 1946 at age 19, with the married name "Jakobson" and listed as a "housewife".[4][5] Her second husband was Kurt (or Curt) Henry Pfenniger. Her third husband was New York businessman Gerard Walter Purcell (October 17, 1915 March 17, 2002). The couple were married from 1958 until Purcell's death in 2002.[1]


On Broadway, van Vooren played in John Murray Anderson's Almanac (1953–54) and Man on the Moon (1975).[6] In the 1960s, van Vooren starred in summer stock theatre productions in the United States.[5] Van Vooren recorded an album, Mink in HiFi for RCA Victor.[5] In 1956, she signed a contract with Request Records.[7]

In 1983, Signet published Night Sanctuary, written by van Vooren.[8] She described the book as being about "the dark side of people."[9]

In 1983, van Vooren was found guilty of lying before a federal grand jury and "ordered to get psychiatric help and perform 500 hours of community service as part of a suspended sentence."[10] The sentence resulted from an investigation of "whether she had pocketed her dead mother [who died in 1957]'s Social Security payments."[10]



  1. "Paid Notice: Deaths PURCELL, GERARD W." The New York Times. 2002-03-20. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  2. "Desert Sun". 1958-06-13. Retrieved 2017-04-14.
  3. "Beauty Hinders Acting Career -- Monique Van Vooren". Standard-Speaker. December 16, 1961. p. 19. Retrieved October 19, 2015 via
  4. Thomas, Bob (February 16, 1957). "Blonde Belgian Singer Cocks Practiced Eye at U.S. Women". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. p. 4. Retrieved October 19, 2015 via
  5. "Monique Van Vooren To Star In Canal Fulton Production". The Daily Times. July 19, 1963. p. 7. Retrieved October 19, 2015 via
  6. "Monique Van Vooren". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  7. "Music as Written" (PDF). Billboard. May 12, 1956. p. 14. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  8. "Night Sanctuary". Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  9. Kleiner, Dick (April 10, 1982). "Monique Van Vooren turns to writing". The Index-Journal. p. 26. Retrieved October 19, 2015 via
  10. "Monique Van Vooren Sentenced". The Dispatch. September 24, 1983. p. 2. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
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