A former Miss Hollywood and a dancer under the name of Vivian Coe, this Universal contract starlet of the 1940s entered films as a Goldwyn Girl in The Goldwyn Follies (1938). That and a few other chorus girl assignments led to the contract with Universal, which cast her opposite Donald Barry in the original Red Ryder serial, The Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). For unknown reasons, the studio then changed her name to Vivian Austin and as such she appeared in B-musicals with Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan, a couple of oaters with Rod Cameron, and the well-received comedy The Men in Her Diary (1944). An eye disease that almost rendered her blind curtailed Austin's career and she left films after the 1947 action melodrama T-Men. Vivian Austin's life had a happy ending, however; in Palm Springs, CA, she found a physician who could and did restore her sight. They married soon after.