Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo

  • Highest Rated: 100% Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
  • Birthday: Nov 30, 1920
  • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Radiantly beautiful blonde actress Virginia Mayo was a chorus dancer when she began her film career as a bit player in 1942. She rose to face as Danny Kaye's leading lady in a series of splashy Technicolor musicals produced by Samuel Goldwyn. Though never regarded as a great actress, she was disturbingly convincing as Dana Andrews' faithless wife in Goldwyn's The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and as James Cagney's sluttish gun moll in White Heat (1949). In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Mayo was one of the most popular female stars at Warner Bros., appearing in musicals, melodramas and westerns. Many of her characters were so outre that one wonders whether Mayo was having some sport with us: her turn as Jack Palance's paramour in The Silver Chalice (1955) and as Cleopatra in the guilty pleasure The Story of Mankind (1957) immediately come to mind. And it is Mayo who, in Warners' King Richard and the Crusaders (1955), utters the immortal high-camp line "Fight, fight, fight! That's all you ever do, Dick Plantagenet!" When her film career faltered in the 1960s, Mayo turned to stage work on the touring-company and dinner-theatre circuit; more recently, she has been a frequent interview subject on TV documentaries dealing with the old Hollywood studio system. Virginia Mayo is the widow of actor Michael O'Shea.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Bible According to Hollywood Actor 1994
No Score Yet Midnight Witness Kitty 1993
No Score Yet Evil Spirits Janet 1990
No Score Yet French Quarter Countess Willie Piazza/Ida 1978
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Miss Battley 1976
No Score Yet Haunted Michelle 1976
No Score Yet The Runaways Actor 1975
No Score Yet Fort Utah Linda Lee 1967
No Score Yet Castle of Evil Mary Theresa 'Sable' Pulaski 1966
No Score Yet Westbound Norma Putnum 1959
No Score Yet Jet over the Atlantic Jean Gurney 1959
No Score Yet Fort Dobbs Celia Gray 1958
No Score Yet The Tall Stranger Ellen 1957
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind Cleopatra 1957
No Score Yet The Big Land Helen Jagger 1957
No Score Yet The Proud Ones Sally 1956
No Score Yet Great Day in the Morning Ann Merry Alaine 1956
No Score Yet Pearl of the South Pacific Rita Delaine 1955
13% The Silver Chalice Helena 1954
No Score Yet King Richard and the Crusaders Lady Edith Plantagenet 1954
No Score Yet South Sea Woman Ginger Martin 1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon Abby Nixon 1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway Catherine Terris 1953
No Score Yet The Iron Mistress Judalon de Bornay 1952
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Angela Gardner/Hot Garters Gertie 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Herself 1951
100% Captain Horatio Hornblower Lady Barbara Wellesley 1951
No Score Yet Along the Great Divide Ann 1951
No Score Yet Painting the Clouds with Sunshine Carol 1951
No Score Yet The West Point Story Eve Dillon 1950
100% The Flame and the Arrow Anne de Hesse 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Nurse Julie Benson 1950
No Score Yet Always Leave Them Laughing Nancy Eagen 1949
No Score Yet Red Light Carla North 1949
100% White Heat Verna Jarrett 1949
No Score Yet The Girl From Jones Beach Ruth Wilson 1949
No Score Yet Colorado Territory Colorado Carson 1949
No Score Yet Flaxy Martin Flaxy Martin 1949
50% A Song Is Born Honey Swanson 1948
No Score Yet Smart Girls Don't Talk Linda Vickers 1948
83% The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Rosalind Van Hoorn 1947
No Score Yet Out of the Blue Deborah Tyler 1947
96% The Best Years of Our Lives Marie Derry 1946
60% The Kid From Brooklyn Polly Pringle 1946
100% Wonder Man Ellen Shanley 1945
80% Up in Arms The Goldwyn Girl 1944
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate Princess Margaret 1944
No Score Yet Jack London Mamie 1943
No Score Yet Follies Girl Extra 1943

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Elinor
  • 1984
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
  • 1984

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