Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Happy Birthday: Virginia Mayo!
Virginia Mayo (November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005). Best known for the films: The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and White Heat (1949).
After Mayo signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn she performed in several of Goldwyn's movies. With Danny Kaye in the films, Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947).
Mayo was known as a "voluptuous beauty". It was said that she "looked like a pinup painting come to life," and she played just such a role in the film comedy, The Girl from Jones Beach (1949).
In 1949's White Heat she took on the role as the treacherous "Verna Jarrett", opposite James Cagney. She was also cast against type as a gold digger in, The Best Years of Our Lives. Her film career continued through the 1950s and 1960s, frequently in B-movie westerns and adventure films. While she also appeared in musicals, Mayo's singing voice was always dubbed.
Virginia and her husband, actor Michael O'Shea (of Jack London film fame) co-starred in the film, Tunnel of Love, Fiorello, and George Washington Slept Here. She has also starred in Cactus Flower, How the Other Half Loves, and the musical comedy, Good News.