Virginia Mayo Trivia


One daughter with Michael O'Shea - Catherine Mary (b. 1953)

Was slightly cross-eyed and had to be carefully photographed.

Early on, using her real name of Virginia Jones, she played a straight woman in vaudeville for four years to a performing horse act. The "horse" was comprised of two men known as the Mayo Brothers; hence her stage name.

Was Paul Newman's first on-screen leading lady, in the Biblical Epic The Silver Chalice (1954).

Virginia claimed in interviews afterwards that she was genuinely frightened by her White Heat (1949) co-star James Cagney, playing the psychotic Cody Jarett, because his style of acting was so natural and realistic.

Virginia turned down the lead role of Rosa Moline in Beyond The Forest (1949), despite Bette Davis begging Warner Studios to have Virginia replace her on the film, and Bette was forced to take the picture, her last with the studio.

Virginia's singing voice was always dubbed in movies, despite the fact she sang when in vaudeville.  Her vocals were always dubbed: by Louanne Hogan in The Princess and the Pirate (1944), by Betty Russell in The Kid from Brooklyn (1946), by Jeri Sullavan in A Song Is Born (1948) and by Bonnie Lou Williams in her 6 singing roles at WB from 1949 to 1957.

Began taking dancing lessons at age 6 at her aunt's dance studio.

Published her autobiography, Virginia Mayo: The Best Years Of My Life in 2002.

Was given a star on the St. Louis Walk Of Fame in 1996.

Measurements, in 1953, according to Celebrity Sleuth Magazine, were 34-24-34.

Was 5 feet 5 inches tall.


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