Virginia Mayo Overview:

Legendary actress, Virginia Mayo, was born Virginia Clara Jones on Nov 30, 1920 in St. Louis, MO. Mayo died at the age of 84 on Jan 17, 2005 in Thousand Oaks, CA and was laid to rest in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park Cemetery in Westlake Village, Los Angeles County, CA.


Blonde American dancer and actress of cream-puff complexion who rose quickly from small parts to star roles in Technicolor extravaganzas of every kind. She always gave the impression that there was earthiness lurking beneath the surface of the demurest of her ladies fayre and kept her stardom (and her perfect figure) for a full 15 years. Married to Michael O'Shea from 1947 to his death in 1973. Never remarried.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Mayo was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Flaxy Martin (1949) with and Zachary Scott

By Orson De Welles on Apr 28, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! A girl with a heart of ice! Has anyone ever seen a film where is by far the lead star?? There aren?t a whole lot of them so the answer may be in the negative on that one.? Among those films which at least on the surface feature Mayo in the lead role is 1949?s Flaxy Martin. ... Read full article

Backfire (1950) with

By Orson De Welles on Aug 14, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! That “White Heat” girl turns it on again! Directed in 1950 by veteran director Vincent Sherman, Backfire is fairly easy to describe if you can follow riddles wrapped in enigmas double bagged with confusion.? Another example would be flashback in a flashback in a flashback. Mo... Read full article

Tribute on TCM today for her birthday

By monty on Nov 30, 2012 From All Good Things

I gotta hand it to TCM..when it comes to honoring classic film stars on their birthdays, they don't hold back. The other day it was Gloria Grahame. Today it is . The actress will be honored with several films including Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948), White Heat (1949), The Girl From Jone... Read full article

By Art on Nov 29, 2012 From Classic Cinema Gold

was born on November 30, 1920 in in St. Louis, Missouri to Luke and Martha Henrietta Jones. 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 ... Read full article

Happy Birthday: !

By Dawn on Nov 30, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(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 fro... Read full article

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Virginia Mayo Quotes:

Marie Derry: Say, who is this Peggy Stephenson?
Fred Derry: She's a girl.
Marie Derry: I didn't think she was a kangaroo!

Abby Nixon: Do you still feel the weight of that tin star on your shirt?

Lady Edith: I'm a Plantagenet, yet somehow I feel less proud. I'm beginning to despise war. The dread, the wondering each time you ride away if you'll come back among the living.

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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.

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

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