Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo

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

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.

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 6 singing roles at WB from 1949 to 1957.

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

Measurements: 34-24-34 (measured in 1953), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

One daughter with Michael O'Shea - Catherine Mary (b. 1953)

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

Was a lifelong staunch supporter of the Republican party.

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