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Birth information

30 November 1920 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Death information

17 January 2005 Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Given Name

Virginia Clara Jones

Nickname

Ginny
Mayonaise

How tall is Virginia Mayo?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Michael O'Shea

Life Story of Virginia Mayo

Virginia Clara Jones was born on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a newspaper reporter and his wife. The family had a rich heritage in the St. Louis area: her great-great-great-grandfather served in the American Revolution and later founded the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, located right across the Mississippi River from its namesake. Virginia was interested in show business from an early age. Her aunt operated a dance studio and Virginia began taking lessons at the age of six. After graduating from high school in 1937, she became a member of the St. Louis Municipal Opera before she was signed to a contract by Samuel Goldwyn after being spotted by an MGM talent scout during a Broadway revue. David O. Selznick gave her a screen test, but decided she wouldn't fit into films. Goldwyn, however, believed that her talent as an actress was there and cast her in a small role in 1943's Jack London (1943). She later had a walk-on part in Follies Girl (1943) that same year. Believing there was more to her than her obvious ravishing beauty, producers thought it was time to give her bigger and better roles. In 1944 she was cast as Princess Margaret in The...

Publications and Magazines about Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo, LC Van Savage Virginia Mayo: The Best Years of My Life. 2002
Peter Kranzpiller Virginia Majo - Stars der Kinoszene Band 17. 1998

What movies did Virginia Mayo play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Man Next Door (1997) Lucia, The Naked Truth (1997) Virginia Mayo, Midnight Witness (1993) Kitty, Evil Spirits (1990) Janet Wilson, The Love Boat (1986) Virginia Wilcox, Remington Steele (1984) Virginia Mayo, Murder, She Wrote (1984) Elinor, Santa Barbara (1984) Peaches DeLight, French Quarter (1978) Countess Willie Piazza / Ida, Lanigan's Rabbi (1977) Margaret Alton, Haunted (1977) Michelle, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) Miss Battley, Fugitive Lovers (1975) Liz Trent, Police Story (1975) Angie, Night Gallery (1971) Carrie Crane, The...

Birth information

30 November 1920 St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Death information

17 January 2005 Thousand Oaks, California, USA

Given Name

Virginia Clara Jones

Nickname

Ginny
Mayonaise

How tall is Virginia Mayo?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Michael O'Shea

Life Story of Virginia Mayo

Virginia Clara Jones was born on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of a newspaper reporter and his wife. The family had a rich heritage in the St. Louis area: her great-great-great-grandfather served in the American Revolution and later founded the city of East Saint Louis, Illinois, located right across the Mississippi River from its namesake. Virginia was interested in show business from an early age. Her aunt operated a dance studio and Virginia began taking lessons at the age of six. After graduating from high school in 1937, she became a member of the St. Louis Municipal Opera before she was signed to a contract by Samuel Goldwyn after being spotted by an MGM talent scout during a Broadway revue. David O. Selznick gave her a screen test, but decided she wouldn't fit into films. Goldwyn, however, believed that her talent as an actress was there and cast her in a small role in 1943's Jack London (1943). She later had a walk-on part in Follies Girl (1943) that same year. Believing there was more to her than her obvious ravishing beauty, producers thought it was time to give her bigger and better roles. In 1944 she was cast as Princess Margaret in The...

Publications and Magazines about Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo, LC Van Savage Virginia Mayo: The Best Years of My Life. 2002
Peter Kranzpiller Virginia Majo - Stars der Kinoszene Band 17. 1998

What movies did Virginia Mayo play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Man Next Door (1997) Lucia, The Naked Truth (1997) Virginia Mayo, Midnight Witness (1993) Kitty, Evil Spirits (1990) Janet Wilson, The Love Boat (1986) Virginia Wilcox, Remington Steele (1984) Virginia Mayo, Murder, She Wrote (1984) Elinor, Santa Barbara (1984) Peaches DeLight, French Quarter (1978) Countess Willie Piazza / Ida, Lanigan's Rabbi (1977) Margaret Alton, Haunted (1977) Michelle, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) Miss Battley, Fugitive Lovers (1975) Liz Trent, Police Story (1975) Angie, Night Gallery (1971) Carrie Crane, The...

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Burt Lancaster and Virginia Mayo in Flucht aus Schanghai (1953)

She has appeared in two films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and White Heat (1949).

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James Cagney, Doris Day, and Virginia Mayo in The West Point Story (1950)

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Virginia Mayo and George Raft in Rotes Licht (1949)

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Virginia Mayo and George Raft in Rotes Licht (1949)

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Virginia Mayo in Rotes Licht (1949)

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Virginia Mayo and George Raft in Rotes Licht (1949)

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Bert Lahr and Virginia Mayo in Tritt ab, wenn sie lachen (1949)

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Virginia Mayo and Robert Stack in Skrupellos (1956)

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Scott Brady, David Brian, Lisa Gaye, Hugh Marlowe, Virginia Mayo, etc.

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Kirk Douglas and Virginia Mayo in Hals in der Galgenschlinge (1951)

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Henry Hull, Virginia Mayo, and Joel McCrea in Vogelfrei (1949)

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Virginia Mayo in French Quarter (1978)

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Virginia Mayo and Joel McCrea in Der große Fremde (1957)

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Virginia Mayo and Joel McCrea in Der große Fremde (1957)

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Virginia Mayo in Der große Fremde (1957)

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Laurence Harvey and Virginia Mayo in Der Talisman (1954)

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Kirk Douglas and Virginia Mayo in Hals in der Galgenschlinge (1951)

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Virginia Mayo in Hals in der Galgenschlinge (1951)

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Ronald Reagan, Eddie Bracken, Dona Drake, and Virginia Mayo in Venus am Strand (1949)

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Lance Fuller and Virginia Mayo in Piratenblut (1955)

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Frank Lovejoy and Virginia Mayo in She's Back on Broadway (1953)

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Gordon MacRae, Virginia Mayo, and Edmond O'Brien in Gesetzlos (1950)

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James Cagney and Virginia Mayo in Maschinenpistolen (1949)

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Steve Cochran and Virginia Mayo in Maschinenpistolen (1949)

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James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, and Margaret Wycherly in Maschinenpistolen (1949)

Her vocals were always dubbed: by Louanne Hogan in The Princess and the Pirate (1944), by Betty Russell in The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), by Jeri Sullavan in A Song Is Born (1948) and by Bonnie Lou Williams in her six singing roles at WB from 1949-57.

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James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, and Margaret Wycherly in Maschinenpistolen (1949)

Was slightly cross-eyed and had to be carefully photographed.

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Boris Karloff and Virginia Mayo in Das Doppelleben des Herrn Mitty (1947)

Early on, using her real name of Virginia Jones, she played a straight woman in vaudeville for four years to a performing horse act. The "horse" was comprised of two men known as the Mayo Brothers; hence her stage name.

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Virginia Mayo in Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948)

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Dhia Cristiani although at the beginning of her career Rosetta Calavetta, Lydia Simoneschi and Rina Morelli also occasionally lent their voice to her.

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Virginia Mayo in Des Königs Admiral (1951)

Was Paul Newman's first on-screen leading lady, in the Biblical Epic The Silver Chalice (1954).

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Virginia Gibson, Virginia Mayo, Lucille Norman, etc.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 360-361. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.

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Alan Ladd and Virginia Mayo in Im Banne des Teufels (1952)

Was a lifelong staunch supporter of the Republican party.

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Alan Ladd, Virginia Mayo, and George Voskovec in Im Banne des Teufels (1952)

In 1963 and 1964 she joined fellow actresses Joan Caulfield, Ruth Hussey, Yvonne De Carlo, Marie Windsor, Laraine Day, and Maidie Norman, in making appearances on behalf of U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the Republican nominee for President in the campaign against U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

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Alan Ladd and Virginia Mayo in Im Banne des Teufels (1952)

Mayo was once termed "the most beautiful blonde in the world" and her beauty so impressed the Sultan of Morocco than seeing her was "tangible proof of the existence of God.".

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Frances Curry, Virginia Mayo, and Juanita Moore in Im Banne des Teufels (1952)

Auditioned for the part of "Lisa Douglas" in Green Acres (1965) but lost out to Eva Gabor.

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Alan Ladd and Virginia Mayo in Im Banne des Teufels (1952)

Stepmother of Edward & Barbara O'Shea.

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Virginia Mayo in Schrei aus dem Jenseits (1977)

Mayo's favorite of her own movies was She's Working Her Way Through College (1952). Although her vocals were always dubbed, she enjoyed doing musical pictures because she got to dance.

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Virginia Mayo and Victor Sen Yung in Rotes Licht (1949)

In the 1950s, she was the celebrity spokeswoman for Christmas Seals.

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Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, and Hayden Rorke in Flucht aus Schanghai (1953)

On August 23, 2018, she was honored with a day of her film work during the TCM Summer Under The Stars.

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Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, and Veola Vonn in Flucht aus Schanghai (1953)

Buried at Valley Oaks Memorial Park 5600 N. Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village, California.

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