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PASSINGS / Beverly Roberts

Actress, theater union figure

July 20, 2009|Times Staff And Wire Reports

Beverly Roberts, 95, who co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in the 1936 film "Two Against the World," died July 13 at her home in Laguna Niguel of natural causes, her second cousin Christina Baker said.

Born May 19, 1914, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Roberts became a Warner Bros. contract player in 1935. She made her first film the next year with Al Jolson in the musical "The Singing Kid."

She starred as a female lumberjack in "God's Country and the Woman" in 1937, replacing Bette Davis in the lead. She also appeared with Bogart and Pat O'Brien in "China Clipper" in 1936 and with Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell in "Perfect Specimen" in 1937.

After leaving Warner Bros. in 1940, she toured the country as a singer with the Dorsey Brothers band.

In 1950, she became administrator of Theater Authority, a union post she held for 25 years.

Never married, she worked in watercolor painting in her later years.

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