Virginia Mayo
Actress
Virginia Mayo
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).
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ECB gives Italy stiff warning - Arizona Daily Sun
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(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) Italy's government, waffling for weeks on an emergency austerity plan, received a stern warning Saturday from the European central bank chief to promptly implement the deficit-fighting measures and to stay on target
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How more paying patients could mean end of the NHS as we know it - WalletPop UK
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AP Photo/ Virginia Mayo There has been a stark warning today from one of Britain's leading medical experts that wealthy patients from overseas may be given priority in NHS hospitals. Hamish Meldrum, head of the British Medical Association - the
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Hugh O'Brian - Cowboys and Indians
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But perhaps even more impressively, you also managed to finagle a blind date with actress Virginia Mayo. How did that come about? Hugh O'Brian: When you're stationed at the Marine Corps base in San Diego, going to Hollywood on liberty is the cool thing
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Eurozone sentiment indicator slides below average in another downbeat sign for ... - Washington Post
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(Virginia Mayo/Associated Press) - Luxembourg's Prime Minister and head of the eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Commissioner for Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn prepare for the start of a session at European Parliament in Brussels on Monday
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EU official warns that recent financial market turmoil could hurt economic ... - Washington Post
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( Virginia Mayo / Associated Press ) - Luxembourg's Prime Minister and head of the eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Commissioner for Monetary Affairs Olli Rehn prepare for the start of a session at European Parliament in Brussels on
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Motorola can't seek other bids under Google pact - San Francisco Chronicle
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Virginia Mayo / AP William Echikson of Google Europe is seen at headquarters in Brussels last year. Belgium has offered to settle a Street View case. Motorola Mobility Holdings, the mobile phone maker that agreed to be bought this week for $12.5
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Greek unemployment jumps to 16.6 per cent in May - CanadianBusiness.com (blog)
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(Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP) ATHENS, Greece - Greece's Statistical Authority says unemployment in the debt-ridden country jumped to 16.6 per cent in May. That's up from 12 per cent in the same month last year and 15.8 per cent in April 2011
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Norway's 'lone-wolf' attacks stir angst in Europe - Boston Globe
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(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) By Karl Ritter and Don Melvin Associated Press / July 28, 2011 OSLO, Norway—Norway casts it as the isolated act of a lone-wolf terrorist whose boasts of a far-flung network of anti-Muslim warriors were the fantasies of a
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Greece urges citizens to repatriate money held in foreign banks - The Guardian
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Photograph Virginia Mayo/AP After securing a second rescue package to prop up its debt-stricken economy, Greece has implored its citizens to honour the agreement by repatriating cash whisked abroad during the crisis. Appealing to businessmen
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Greek bailout boosts global markets - The Guardian
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Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Financial markets have welcomed the long-awaited rescue package for Greece and the strengthening of the eurozone's bailout fund. The €109bn (£95bn) bailout deal for Greece, which was hammered out at an emergency summit of ... - -
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Angry Ireland finally confronts Vatican over abuse - Houston Chronicle
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(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) DUBLIN — From the pews and pulpits, Ireland's Catholics are demanding that the Vatican finally come clean on its oversight role in child abuse cover-ups. It's a revolution of sorts in Ireland, a nation founded on a pillar of
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Kodak no-violation ruling upheld in patent case - San Francisco Chronicle
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Virginia Mayo / AP William Echikson, head of communications for Google Europe, says a deal has been reached to bring Belgian papers as "quickly as possible." A ruling that Eastman Kodak Co.'s digital-camera technology doesn't violate Apple Inc.'s
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Google has biggest gain in nearly three years - San Francisco Chronicle
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Virginia Mayo / AP Google rose $68.68, or 13 percent, to $597.62 on the Nasdaq Stock Market this week. It was the company's biggest gain since Oct. 13, 2008. Google had its biggest gain in almost three years after sales beat projections,
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European Leaders Delay Summit Meeting Over Greece - New York Times
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Virginia Mayo/Associated Press Herman Van Rompuy, of the European Council, was said to want a meeting early next week. In addition, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was crucial in resisting pressure for a meeting on Friday, arguing that it would ... -
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Virginia Mayo
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 84
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her death was reported the next day in the New York Times. She is buried next to her husband in Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Park in Westlake Village, California.
  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 47
    A lifelong Republican, she endorsed Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, and longtime friend Ronald Reagan in 1980.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    Her last film of the decade was 1959's Jet Over the Atlantic with Guy Madison and George Raft.
    More Details Hide Details By the 1960s, Mayo's film career had tapered off considerably, although she continued to appear in films throughout the next several decades, with one of her last prominent roles being in Fort Utah (1967) with John Ireland. She was also one of the several stars to make a cameo appearance in the all-star box office bomb Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976). Her final film appearance was in the 1997 film The Man Next Door. Later in life, Mayo appeared in stage and musical theater productions, often with her husband, Michael O'Shea (who co-starred in such stage productions as Tunnel of Love, Fiorello, and George Washington Slept Here). Mayo also enjoyed notoriety in the 1970s and 1980s as a television guest star in the hit shows The Love Boat, Remington Steele, and Murder, She Wrote, and a dozen episodes of the soap opera Santa Barbara.
  • 1957
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    In 1953, she appeared in the comedy-drama-action film South Sea Woman with Burt Lancaster and Chuck Connors.
    More Details Hide Details She played Helena in Victor Saville's The Silver Chalice (1954) opposite Pier Angeli and Paul Newman in his film debut. Mayo co-starred with Rex Harrison and George Sanders in King Richard and the Crusaders (1954).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 28
    Mixing drama with comedy roles all year, Mayo received rave reviews for her performance alongside James Cagney and Edmond O'Brien in 1949's White Heat and received equally impressive reviews for her co-starring with George Raft in Roy Del Ruth's Red Light that same year.
    More Details Hide Details In a later interview, Mayo admitted she was frightened by Cagney as the psychotic gunman in White Heat because he was so realistic. At the beginning of the 1950s, Mayo scored success with the adventure film The Flame and the Arrow (1950) with Burt Lancaster. She co-starred again with James Cagney and a young Doris Day in The West Point Story (1950) (singing and dancing with Cagney) and appeared in the all-star cast of Starlift (1951). She starred opposite Dennis Morgan in David Butler's Technicolor musical, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951) which was a moderate success. While Mayo appeared in several musicals, using her training in dance, her voice was always dubbed. During the rest of the 1950s, Mayo continued to appear in films with varying genres.
    Virginia Mayo was a constant fixture in the movie theaters in 1949 as she co-starred in many movies all released that year.
    More Details Hide Details Among them were Flaxy Martin, opposite Joel McCrea in the western Colorado Territory, co-starred with future United States President Ronald Reagan in The Girl from Jones Beach, and with comedian Milton Berle in Always Leave Them Laughing.
  • 1947
    Age 26
    Mayo wed Michael O'Shea in 1947, and they remained married until his death in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details The couple had one child, Mary Catherine O'Shea (born 1953). The family lived for several decades in Thousand Oaks, California. In later years, she developed a passion for painting, and also occupied her time doting on her three grandsons. She converted to Roman Catholicism by way of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
  • 1946
    Age 25
    She also co-starred in the 1946 Oscar-winning movie The Best Years of Our Lives.
    More Details Hide Details Born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of newspaper reporter Luke and wife Martha Henrietta (née Rautenstrauch) Jones. Her family had roots back to the earliest days of St. Louis, including great-great-great grandfather Captain James Piggott, who founded East St. Louis, Illinois, in 1797. Young Virginia's aunt operated an acting school in the St. Louis area, which she began attending at age six. She was also tutored by a series of dancing instructors engaged by her aunt.
  • 1944
    Age 23
    Her first starring role came in 1944 opposite comedian Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate.
    More Details Hide Details Remaining in the comedy genre, Mayo had several popular on-screen pairings with dancer-actor Danny Kaye, including Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). Going against previous stereotype, Mayo accepted the supporting role of unsympathetic gold-digger Marie Derry in William Wyler's drama The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Her performance drew favorable reviews from critics, as the film also became the highest-grossing film inside the US since Gone with the Wind. At the zenith of her career, Mayo was seen as the quintessential voluptuous Hollywood beauty. It was said that she "looked like a pinup painting come to life". According to widely published reports from the late 1940s, the Sultan of Morocco declared her beauty to be "tangible proof of the existence of God." She would continue a series of dramatic performances in the late 1940s in films such as Smart Girls Don't Talk (1948).
  • 1943
    Age 22
    One of her first films was the 1943 hit Jack London, which starred her future husband Michael O'Shea.
    More Details Hide Details Other roles soon followed as she became a popular actress who personified the dream girl or girl-next-door image in a series of films. A beneficiary of the Technicolor film process, it was said that audiences—particularly males—would flock to theaters just to see her blonde hair and classic looks on-screen.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1940s, Virginia Mayo's talent and striking beauty came to the attention of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, who signed her to an acting contract with his company.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Impressed with her ability, her brother-in-law, vaudeville performer Andy Mayo, recruited her to appear in his act "Morton and Mayo". Jones toured the American vaudeville circuit for three years, serving as ringmaster and comedic foil for "Pansy the Horse" as Mayo and his partner Nonnie Morton performed in a horse suit.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on November 30, 1920.
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