Virginia O'Brien

Virginia O'Brien

Highest Rated: 100% Till the Clouds Roll By (1947)

Lowest Rated: 67% Ziegfeld Follies (1946)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1919

Birthplace: Not Available

The daughter of a Los Angeles detective captain and the niece of director Lloyd Bacon, Virginia O'Brien was 17 when she made her stage debut in Meet the People. The story goes that O'Brien "froze" at the prospect of facing an audience, whereupon she rendered her song without cracking a smile, or displaying any other sort of facial expression. The audience laughed uproariously, and thereafter O'Brien became famous as the "deadpan" songstress. Signed by MGM in 1940, O'Brien appeared in several of the studio's top musicals, usually as a specialty act unrelated to the plot at hand (a prime example of this is her entertaining but totally gratuitous swing rendition of "Rock a Bye Baby" in the Marx Brothers' The Big Store). One of her few speaking parts was in support of Judy Garland and Cyd Charisse in The Harvey Girls (1948). After her MGM contract ended in 1949, O'Brien performed in night clubs, touring shows, and TV variety series. Married twice, Virginia O'Brien's first husband was Kirk Alyn, the movies' first Superman.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Gus Reporter 1976
No Score Yet Francis in the Navy Nurse Kittredge 1955
No Score Yet Merton of the Movies Phyllis Montague 1947
100% Till the Clouds Roll By Ellie 1947
100% The Harvey Girls Alma 1946
No Score Yet The Show-Off Hortense 1946
67% Ziegfeld Follies Herself 1946
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Herself 1944
No Score Yet Meet the People `Woodpecker' Peg 1944
No Score Yet Thousands Cheer Herself 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Ginny 1943
No Score Yet DuBarry Was a Lady Actor 1943
No Score Yet Ship Ahoy Fran Evans 1942
No Score Yet Panama Hattie Flo Foster 1942
No Score Yet Lady Be Good Lull 1941
No Score Yet Ringside Maisie (Cash and Carry Maisie) Virginia O'Brien 1941
67% The Big Store Kitty 1941


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