Veda Ann Borg

Veda Ann Borg (January 11, 1915 August 16, 1973) was an American film and television actress.

Veda Ann Borg
Born(1915-01-11)January 11, 1915
DiedAugust 16, 1973(1973-08-16) (aged 58)
Years active1936–1963
Paul Herrick
(m. 1942; div. 1942)

Andrew V. McLaglen
(m. 1946; div. 1958)

Early years

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Gottfried Borg, a Swedish immigrant, and Minna Noble, Borg became a model in 1936 before winning a contract at Paramount Pictures. An item in a 1936 newspaper described her as a "former New York and Boston manakin" when her signing with Paramount was announced.[1]


Soon after Borg signed her contract with Paramount, studio officials decided to change her name to Ann Noble for her work in films. However, a newspaper article reported, "Miss Borg contended that her own name is more descriptive of her personality than Ann Noble." Her argument was successful, and she retained her name.[2]

She appeared in more than 100 films, including Mildred Pierce, Chicken Every Sunday, Love Me or Leave Me, Guys and Dolls, Thunder in the Sun, You're Never Too Young, and The Alamo (1960), in which she portrayed the blind Nell Robertson.


Borg began accepting parts in television when the new medium opened up. From 1952 through 1961, she appeared on shows such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, General Electric Theater, The 20th Century-Fox Hour, The Abbott and Costello Show, The Restless Gun, Bonanza, The Red Skelton Show, Adventures of Superman, Wild Bill Hickok, and Mr. & Mrs. North, among many others. In early 1953, she was the first actress cast as "Honeybee Gillis" in The Life of Riley TV series, replaced a short time later by first Marie Brown, then Gloria Blondell.[3]

Personal life

A car crash in 1939 required surgical reconstruction of Borg's face.

Borg was married briefly to Paul Herrick (1942) and to film director Andrew McLaglen[4] (19461958), with whom she had a son: Andrew Victor McLaglen II (August 3, 1954 – January 16, 2006).[5] Both marriages ended in divorce.

Borg was a Democrat who supported Adlai Stevenson's campaign during the 1952 presidential election[6].

Borg died of cancer in Hollywood in 1973, aged 58. She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea[7].

Partial filmography


  1. "(untitled brief)". Oshkosh Daily Northwestern. Wisconsin, Oshkosh. March 13, 1936. p. 19. Retrieved November 13, 2016 via
  2. Keavy, Hubbard (April 23, 1936). "Screen Life In Hollywood". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Pennsylvania, Wilkes-Barre. p. 19. Retrieved November 13, 2016 via
  3. "Veda Ann Borg, The Powder Puff Girl (Classic Images, Muscatine, Iowa".
  4. Armstrong, Stephen B. (2011). Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career. McFarland. p. 8. ISBN 9780786486700. Retrieved November 14, 2016.
  5. Bergan, Ronald (September 4, 2014). "Andrew McLaglen obituary". Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  6. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
  7. Wilson, Scott (August 17, 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland via Google Books.
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