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Vaudeville and Film Actress Velma Connor Dead at 82

July 25, 1987

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) _ Actress Velma Connor, who performed a vaudeville song-and-dance act with her twin sister for 25 years and also pursued a film career, has died at age 82.

Miss Connor died last Sunday at Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center in Hollywood, where she was receiving treatment for heart and circulatory problems.

She and her sister Thelma, who died in 1981, appeared first on the stage with Gus Edwards in 1921, then appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies. They were an act for 25 years, playing the Globe Theatre in London in 1928 and 1929.

In 1932, the twins appeared in ″Million Dollar Baby,″ and during World War II they entertained American troops with USO camp shows.

Miss Connor also appeared alone in a string of Westerns and other films such as ″The Leather Pushers,″ in which she starred with Reginald Denny.

She was married and divorced twice, first to Rudolph Coles and then to actor Harrison Hearne.

Surviving is a son, Phil Cole, the former executive director of the Alabama State Film Commission. Miss Connor also leaves several grandchildren.

A Requiem Mass was celebrated Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Glendale.

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