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Occupation
  
Actress

Website
  
www.virginiamayo.com

Children
  
Mary Catherine O'Shea

Religion
  
Height
  
1.65 m

Political party
  
Role
  
Actress

Years active
  
1939–1997

Name
  
Virginia Mayo


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Full Name
  
Virginia Clara Jones

Born
  
November 30, 1920 (
1920-11-30
)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Died
  
January 17, 2005, Thousand Oaks, California, United States

Spouse
  
Michael O'Shea (m. 1947–1973)

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Virginia Mayo (born Virginia Clara Jones; November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005) was an American actress and dancer. Best known for a series of comedy films with Danny Kaye, Mayo was Warner Brothers' biggest box-office money-maker in the late 1940s. She also co-starred in the 1946 Oscar-winning movie The Best Years of Our Lives.

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Early life and career

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Born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of newspaper reporter Luke and wife, Martha Henrietta (née Rautenstrauch) Jones. Her family had roots back to the earliest days of St Louis, including great-great-great grandfather Captain James Piggott, who founded East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1797. Young Virginia's aunt operated an acting school in the St Louis area, which Virginia began attending at age six. She also was tutored by a series of dancing instructors engaged by her aunt.

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Following her graduation from Soldan High School in 1937, Jones landed her first professional acting and dancing jobs at the St Louis Municipal Opera and in an act with six other girls at the Hotel Jefferson. Impressed with her ability, her brother-in-law, vaudeville performer, Andy Mayo, recruited her to appear in his act "Morton and Mayo". Jones toured the American vaudeville circuit for three years, serving as ringmaster and comedic foil for "Pansy the Horse", as Mayo and his partner, Nonnie Morton, performed in a horse suit. In 1941 Jones, now known by the stage name Virginia Mayo, got another career break as she appeared on Broadway with Eddie Cantor in Banjo Eyes.

Hollywood stardom

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In the early 1940s, Virginia Mayo's talent and striking beauty came to the attention of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, who signed her to an acting contract with his company. One of her first films was the 1943 hit Jack London, which starred her future husband Michael O'Shea. Other roles soon followed as she became a popular actress who personified the dream girl or girl-next-door image in a series of films. A beneficiary of the Technicolor film process, it was said that audiences—particularly males—would flock to theaters just to see her blonde hair and classic looks on-screen. Her first starring role came in 1944 opposite comedian Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate. Remaining in the comedy genre, Mayo had several popular on-screen pairings with dancer-actor Danny Kaye, including Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).

Going against previous stereotype, Mayo accepted the supporting role of unsympathetic, gold-digger Marie Derry in William Wyler's drama The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Her performance drew favorable reviews from critics, as the film also became the highest-grossing film inside the US since Gone with the Wind. At the zenith of her career, Mayo was seen as the quintessential voluptuous Hollywood beauty. It was said that she "looked like a pinup painting come to life". According to widely published reports from the late 1940s, the Sultan of Morocco declared her beauty to be "tangible proof of the existence of God." She would continue a series of dramatic performances in the late 1940s in films such as Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948). Virginia Mayo was a constant fixture in the movie theaters in 1949 as she co-starred in many movies all released that year. Among them were Flaxy Martin, opposite Joel McCrea in the western Colorado Territory, co-starred with future United States President Ronald Reagan in The Girl from Jones Beach, and with comedian Milton Berle in Always Leave Them Laughing. Mixing drama with comedy roles all year, Mayo received rave reviews for her performance alongside James Cagney and Edmond O'Brien in 1949's White Heat and received equally impressive reviews for co-starring with George Raft in Roy Del Ruth's Red Light that same year. In a later interview, Mayo admitted she was frightened by Cagney as the psychotic gunman in White Heat because he was so realistic.

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At the beginning of the 1950s, Mayo scored success with the adventure film The Flame and the Arrow (1950) with Burt Lancaster. She co-starred again with James Cagney and a young Doris Day in The West Point Story (1950), singing and dancing with Cagney, and appeared in the all-star cast of Starlift (1951). She starred opposite Dennis Morgan in David Butler's Technicolor musical, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951) which was a moderate success. While Mayo appeared in several musicals, using her training in dance, her voice was always dubbed.

During the rest of the 1950s, Mayo continued to appear in films with varying genres. In 1953, she appeared in the comedy-drama-action film South Sea Woman with Burt Lancaster and Chuck Connors. She played Helena in Victor Saville's The Silver Chalice (1954) opposite Pier Angeli and Paul Newman in his film debut. Mayo co-starred with Rex Harrison and George Sanders in King Richard and the Crusaders (1954). Mayo played Cleopatra in the 1957 fantasy film The Story of Mankind with Vincent Price, Hedy Lamarr, Cesar Romero, Agnes Moorehead, and the Marx Brothers. She appeared as Celia Grey in the 1958 western, Fort Dobbs, with Clint Walker and Brian Keith. Her last film of the decade was 1959's Jet Over the Atlantic with Guy Madison and George Raft.

Later career

By the 1960s Mayo's film career had tapered off considerably, although she continued to appear in films throughout the next several decades, with one of her last prominent roles being in Fort Utah (1967) with John Ireland. She was also one of the several stars to make a cameo appearance in the all-star box office bomb Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Her final film appearance was in the 1997 film The Man Next Door. Later in life, Mayo appeared in stage and musical theater productions, often with her husband, Michael O'Shea (who co-starred in such stage productions as Tunnel of Love, Fiorello, and George Washington Slept Here). Mayo also enjoyed notoriety in the 1970s and 1980s as a television guest star in the hit shows The Love Boat, Remington Steele, and Murder, She Wrote, and a dozen episodes of the soap opera Santa Barbara.

Mayo was one of the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hers is located at 1751 Vine Street. In 1996, Mayo was honored by her hometown as she received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Mayo wed Michael O'Shea in 1947, and they remained married until his death in 1973. The couple had one child, Mary Catherine O'Shea (born 1953). The family lived for several decades in Thousand Oaks, California. In later years she developed a passion for painting and also occupied her time doting on her three grandsons. She converted to Roman Catholicism by way of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. A lifelong Republican, she endorsed Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, and longtime friend Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Death

Mayo died of pneumonia and complications of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on January 17, 2005, aged 84, at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks. Her death was reported the next day in the New York Times. She is buried next to her husband in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Park in Westlake Village, California.

Short subjects

  • Gals and Gallons (1939)
  • So You Think You're Not Guilty (1950)
  • Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (1952)
  • Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood (1958)
  • Live Theater

  • That Certain Girl (1967, Thunderbird Hotel, Las Vegas)
  • Barefoot in the Park (1968 National Company)
  • No, No Nanette (1972 National Company)
  • 40 Carats (1975/May–June, Hayloft Dinner Theatre [Theater-in-the-Round], Lubbock, Texas)
  • Good News (1977, Paper Mill Playhouse)
  • Mover Over Mrs. Markham (1980 National Tour)
  • Butterflies Are Free (1981 Tour)
  • Follies (1995, Houston and Seattle)
  • Filmography

    Actress
    1997
    The Man Next Door as
    Lucia
    1997
    The Naked Truth (TV Series) as
    Virginia Mayo
    - Bridesface Revisited (1997) - Virginia Mayo
    1993
    Midnight Witness as
    Kitty
    1991
    Evil Spirits as
    Janet Wilson
    1986
    The Love Boat (TV Series) as
    Virginia Wilcox
    - Hello, Emily/The Tour Guide/The Winning Number (1986) - Virginia Wilcox
    1984
    Remington Steele (TV Series) as
    Virginia Mayo
    - Cast in Steele (1984) - Virginia Mayo
    1984
    Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) as
    Elinor
    - Hooray for Homicide (1984) - Elinor
    1984
    Santa Barbara (TV Series) as
    Peaches DeLight
    1978
    French Quarter as
    Countess Willie Piazza / Ida
    1977
    Lanigan's Rabbi (TV Series) as
    Margaret Alton
    - The Cadaver in the Clutter (1977) - Margaret Alton
    1977
    Haunted as
    Michelle
    1976
    Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as
    Miss Battley
    1975
    Fugitive Lovers as
    Liz Trent
    1975
    Police Story (TV Series) as
    Angie
    - Face for a Shadow (1975) - Angie
    1971
    Night Gallery (TV Series) as
    Carrie Crane (segment "The Diary")
    - The Diary/A Matter of Semantics/Big Surprise/Professor Peabody's Last Lecture (1971) - Carrie Crane (segment "The Diary")
    1969
    The Outsider (TV Series) as
    Jean Daniels
    - Behind God's Back (1969) - Jean Daniels
    1967
    Fort Utah as
    Linda Lee
    1967
    Daktari (TV Series) as
    Vera Potter
    - Judy and the Gorilla (1967) - Vera Potter
    1966
    Castle of Evil as
    Mary Theresa 'Sable' Pulaski
    1965
    Burke's Law (TV Series) as
    Dr. Terry Foster
    - Who Killed the Man on the White Horse? (1965) - Dr. Terry Foster
    1964
    Young Fury as
    Sara McCoy
    1961
    Revolt of the Mercenaries as
    Lady Patrizia, Duchessa di Rivalta
    1960
    McGarry and His Mouse (TV Movie) as
    Kitty McGarry
    1959
    Jet Over the Atlantic as
    Jean Gurney
    1959
    Lux Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Gloria Crawford
    - Deathtrap (1959) - Gloria Crawford
    1958
    The Loretta Young Show (TV Series) as
    Myrna Nelson
    - Operation Snowball (1958) - Myrna Nelson
    1958
    Wagon Train (TV Series) as
    Beauty Jamison
    - The Beauty Jamison Story (1958) - Beauty Jamison
    1958
    Westbound as
    Norma Putnam
    1958
    Fort Dobbs as
    Celia Gray
    1957
    The Tall Stranger as
    Ellen
    1957
    The Story of Mankind as
    Cleopatra
    1957
    Conflict (TV Series)
    - Execution Night (1957)
    1957
    The Big Land as
    Helen Jagger
    1956
    Congo Crossing as
    Louise Whitman
    1956
    The Proud Ones as
    Sally
    1956
    Great Day in the Morning as
    Ann Merry Alaine
    1955
    Pearl of the South Pacific as
    Rita Delaine
    1954
    The Silver Chalice as
    Helena
    1954
    King Richard and the Crusaders as
    Lady Edith Plantagenet
    1953
    Devil's Canyon as
    Abby Nixon
    1953
    South Sea Woman as
    Ginger Martin
    1953
    She's Back on Broadway as
    Catherine Terris
    1952
    The Iron Mistress as
    Judalon de Bornay
    1952
    She's Working Her Way Through College as
    Angela Gardner / 'Hot Garters Gertie'
    1951
    Starlift as
    Virginia Mayo
    1951
    Painting the Clouds with Sunshine as
    Carol
    1951
    Along the Great Divide as
    Ann Keith
    1951
    Captain Horatio Hornblower as
    Lady Barbara Wellesley
    1950
    The West Point Story as
    Eve Dillon
    1950
    The Flame and the Arrow as
    Anne de Hesse
    1950
    Backfire as
    Nurse Julie Benson
    1949
    Always Leave Them Laughing as
    Nancy Eagen
    1949
    Red Light as
    Carla North
    1949
    White Heat as
    Verna Jarrett
    1949
    The Girl from Jones Beach as
    Ruth Wilson
    1949
    Colorado Territory as
    Colorado Carson
    1949
    Flaxy Martin as
    Flaxy Martin
    1948
    A Song Is Born as
    Honey Swanson
    1948
    Smart Girls Don't Talk as
    Linda Vickers
    1947
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as
    Rosalind van Hoorn
    1947
    Out of the Blue as
    Deborah Tyler
    1946
    The Best Years of Our Lives as
    Marie Derry
    1946
    The Kid from Brooklyn as
    Polly Pringle
    1945
    Wonder Man as
    Ellen Shanley
    1944
    The Princess and the Pirate as
    Princess Margaret
    1944
    Seven Days Ashore as
    Carol Dean
    1944
    Up in Arms as
    Nurse Joanna (uncredited)
    1943
    Jack London as
    Mamie
    1943
    Follies Girl as
    Chorine (uncredited)
    1939
    Gals and Gallons (Short) as
    Virginia Jones
    Soundtrack
    1966
    The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
    - "15 of My Leading Ladies" or "Richard Burton Eat Your Heart Out". (1966) - (performer: "Big Spender")
    1957
    The Big Land (performer: "I LEANED ON A MAN")
    1953
    She's Back on Broadway (performer: "Break the Ties That Bind You", "Breakfast in Bed", "I'll Take You", "Behind the Mask" - uncredited)
    1952
    She's Working Her Way Through College ("Love Is Still for Free") / (performer: "With Plenty of Money and You" (uncredited), "We're Working Our Way Through College" (uncredited), "I'll Be Loving You", "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of")
    1951
    Starlift (performer: "Noche Caribe (Caribbean Night)" - uncredited)
    1951
    Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (performer: "A Man Is a Necessary Evil", "Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me", "The Mambo Man", "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited)
    1951
    Along the Great Divide (performer: "Down in the Valley" - uncredited)
    1950
    The West Point Story (performer: "It's Raining Sundrops", "By the Kissing Rock", "It Could Only Happen in Brooklyn" - uncredited)
    1949
    Always Leave Them Laughing (performer: "You're Too Intense" (1949) - uncredited)
    1948
    A Song Is Born (performer: "A Song Is Born" (1948), "Daddy - O" (1948))
    1947
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (performer: "Beautiful Dreamer" (1862) - uncredited)
    1946
    The Kid from Brooklyn (performer: "You're The Cause of It All" (1946), "I Love An Old Fashioned Song" (1946))
    1944
    The Princess and the Pirate (performer: "Kiss Me in the Moonlight")
    Thanks
    1999
    The Best of Film Noir (Video documentary) (special thanks)
    1992
    James Cagney: Top of the World (TV Movie documentary) (special thanks)
    Self
    2003
    Norwegian Actresses in Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    2001
    American Masters (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2001) - Self
    2001
    Ronald Reagan: The Hollywood Years, the Presidential Years (Video documentary) as
    Self
    1999
    The Best of Film Noir (Video documentary) as
    Self
    1998
    The Best of Hollywood (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - Interview
    1996
    Biography (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach (1996) - Self
    1995
    Inside the Dream Factory (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1995
    This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - Debbie Reynolds (1995) - Self
    1994
    The Bible According to Hollywood (Video documentary) as
    Self
    1994
    Danny Kaye: Nobody's Fool (TV Movie documentary)
    1993
    Vicki! (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 10 May 1993 (1993) - Self
    1992
    James Cagney: Top of the World (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - Actress
    1991
    The 19th Annual Rudolph Valentino Awards (TV Special) as
    Self
    1990
    Warner Bros. Celebration of Tradition, June 2, 1990 (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self
    1989
    The 34th Annual Thalians Ball (TV Special) as
    Self
    1988
    Talking Pictures (TV Series documentary) as
    Self
    - The Dream Factory (1988) - Self
    1987
    The 32th Annual Thalians Ball (TV Special) as
    Self
    1987
    The 4th Annual American Cinema Awards (TV Special) as
    Self
    1986
    Entertainment Tonight (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 31 March 1986 (1986) - Self
    1985
    All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan (TV Special) as
    Self (uncredited)
    1985
    The 2th Annual American Cinema Awards (TV Special) as
    Self
    1983
    Do It Debbie's Way (Video) as
    Self
    1983
    Bob Hope's Road to Hollywood (TV Movie) as
    Self
    1981
    Hour Magazine (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 25 June 1981 (1981) - Self
    1976
    Dinah! (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #2.197 (1976) - Self
    1971
    The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Celeste Holm, Ida Lupino, Virginia Mayo, Adela Rogers St. Johns (1973) - Self
    - Virginia Mayo, Glen Campbell, Larry McNeely, Marty Allen, Ronnie Schell, Deacon Jones, Rubin Carson (1971) - Self
    1963
    The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Co-Hostess / Self - Actress
    - Episode #9.107 (1970) - Self - Actress
    - Episode #2.210 (1963) - Self - Co-Hostess
    - Episode #2.209 (1963) - Self - Co-Hostess
    - Episode #2.208 (1963) - Self - Co-Hostess
    - Episode #2.207 (1963) - Self - Co-Hostess
    - Episode #2.206 (1963) - Self - Co-Hostess
    1966
    The Bob Hope Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - "15 of My Leading Ladies" or "Richard Burton Eat Your Heart Out". (1966) - Self
    1965
    That Regis Philbin Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #1.70 (1965) - Self
    1961
    Here's Hollywood (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #1.168 (1961) - Self
    1959
    The Juke Box Jury (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode dated 27 February 1959 (1959) - Self
    1958
    Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood (Documentary short) as
    Self
    1956
    The 28th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Audience Member
    1954
    The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) as
    Self
    - Episode #8.14 (1954) - Self
    1954
    A Star Is Born World Premiere (TV Movie) as
    Self
    1954
    The 26th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Audience Member
    1952
    Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Night Life (Short) as
    Self
    Archive Footage
    -
    Sammy LaBella: The Real Skip E. Lowe (filming) as
    Self
    1999
    The Best of Hollywood (TV Series documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 31 October 2017 (2017) - Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 7 January 1999 (1999) - Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 5 January 1999 (1999) - Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 4 January 1999 (1999) - Self - Interviewee
    2009
    The Many Faces of Cleopatra (Video documentary) as
    Self
    2008
    Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (TV Movie documentary) as
    Self - Interviewee
    2005
    Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (TV Movie documentary) as
    Norma Putnam
    2005
    The 77th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Memorial Tribute
    2005
    11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Memorial Tribute
    2005
    White Heat: Top of the World (Video documentary short) as
    Self
    1998
    Biography (TV Series documentary)
    - Doris Day: It's Magic (1998)
    1995
    Century of Cinema (TV Series documentary) as
    Colorado Carson, 'Colorado Territory'
    - A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) - Colorado Carson, 'Colorado Territory' (uncredited)
    1988
    Gregory Peck: His Own Man (Documentary) as
    Self
    1981
    James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy (TV Movie documentary)
    1980
    Fade to Black as
    Verna Jarrett (uncredited)
    1963
    Hollywood: The Great Stars (TV Movie documentary) as
    Verna Jarrett (uncredited)

    References

    Virginia Mayo Wikipedia


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