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Virginia Mayo

Highest Rated:   100% Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
Lowest Rated:   13% The Silver Chalice (1954)
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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 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 She's Back on Broadway
  • Catherine Terris
1953
No Score Yet Devil's Canyon
  • Abby Nixon
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
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
No Score Yet 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

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