Lucille Vore, who starred as Baby Lucille in the original silent “Our Gang” comedies, died April 8 of congestive heart failure at the Cloisters of Mission Hills in San Diego. She was 82.
Vore was discovered at age 4 by a movie director as she daintily removed a pair of white gloves while riding on the San Diego Trolley. In 1920, she won the “Our Gang” role after she was chosen over 400 other girls.
Dubbed Baby Lucille, Vore was the youngest in the “Our Gang” cast. In the late 1920s, she appeared in three movies as a stand-in for Barbara Stanwyck, but soon after left acting to pursue a nursing career. In 1970, she returned to star in a stage production of “Little Murders” at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego.
A San Diego native, Vore attended UC Berkeley and graduated from Mercy Hospital as a registered nurse. In the 1930s she became an accomplished equestrienne and played women’s polo.
Vore was twice married to Phil Nyhus but was single at the time of her death.