Vera Dunn O'Connor, a cosmetics executive who had roots in the theatre, including the role of the gun moll, Bonnie, in the original Broadway staging of Cole Porter's Anything Goes, died July 11 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
Mrs. O'Connor was 89. The paper reported she enjoyed a 40 year career working for Charles Revson and the Burdines, Britts and Jordan Marsh retailers.
Her folks, James Joseph Dunn and Helen Marlowe Dunn, were vaudeville entertainers. She made her stage debut at the age of 4 in the Rudolf Friml operetta, Gloriana. At 9, the Sun Sentinel reported, she appeared in George M. Cohan's Zander the Great, and she later got her big break in 1925's Stolen Fruit, a play. She also appeared as a dancer in vaudeville shows.
She married George O'Connor after retiring from showbusiness, and began her work in the cosmetics business, starting as a manager at the Fifth Avenue Revlon Salon. She was later an executive with a modeling agency. She is survived by son James O'Connor; his wife, Kathleen; and a grandson.