Virginia Mayo

Born Nov 30, 1920

Virginia Mayo was an American film actress. Born Virginia Clara Jones, she began her career in vaudeville. She progressed to films and during the 1940s established herself as a supporting player in such films as The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and White Heat (1949).… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on November 30, 1920.


1937 16 Years Old Following her graduation from Soldan High School in 1937, Jones landed her first professional acting and dancing jobs at the St. Louis Municipal Opera and in an act with six other girls at the Hotel Jefferson. … Read More


1941 20 Years Old In 1941, Jones, now known by the stage name Virginia Mayo, got another career break as she appeared on Broadway with Eddie Cantor in Banjo Eyes. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old One of her first films was the 1943 hit Jack London, which starred her future husband Michael O'Shea. … Read More
1944 23 Years Old Her first starring role came in 1944 opposite comedian Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old …  She also co-starred in the 1946 Oscar-winning movie The Best Years of Our Lives. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old Mayo wed Michael O'Shea in 1947, and they remained married until his death in 1973. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Virginia Mayo was a constant fixture in the movie theaters in 1949 as she co-starred in many movies all released that year. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old In 1953, she appeared in the comedy-drama-action film South Sea Woman with Burt Lancaster and Chuck Connors. … Read More
1957 36 Years Old Mayo played Cleopatra in the 1957 fantasy film The Story of Mankind with Vincent Price, Hedy Lamarr, Cesar Romero, Agnes Moorehead, and the Marx Brothers.
1959 38 Years Old Her last film of the decade was 1959's Jet Over the Atlantic with Guy Madison and George Raft. … Read More


1968 47 Years Old A lifelong Republican, she endorsed Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, and longtime friend Ronald Reagan in 1980.


2005 84 Years Old Mayo died of pneumonia and complications of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, on January 17, 2005, at the age of 84, at a nursing home in Thousand Oaks. … Read More
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