VIRGINIA MAYO AUTOGRAPH
Virginia Mayo was born on November 30, 1920 – died on January 17, 2005. Mayo was an American film actress. Born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri. Tutored by a series of dancing instructors engaged by her aunt, she appeared in the St. Louis Municipal Opera chorus and then appeared with six other girls at an act at the Jefferson Hotel. There she was recruited by vaudeville performer Andy Mayo to appear in his act (as ringmaster for two men in a horse suit), taking his surname as her stage name. She appeared in vaudeville for three years in the act, appearing with Eddie Cantor on Broadway in 1941’s Banjo Eyes. Mayo continued her career as a dancer, then signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn and appeared in several of Goldwyn’s movies. With Danny Kaye she played the dream-girl heroine in comedies including Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). In 1949’s White Heat she took on the unsympathetic role of the cold and treacherous “Verna Jarrett,” opposite James Cagney. Mayo later claimed in interviews that she was occasionally genuinely frightened by Cagney during the filming of the picture, because Cagney’s acting was so realistic and natural. She was also cast against type as a shallow golddigger in The Best Years of Our Lives, in which she gave a performance that garnered much acclaim. Her film career continued through the 1950s and 1960s, frequently in B-movie westerns and adventure films. While she also appeared in musicals, Mayo’s singing voice was always dubbed. Mayo has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1751 Vine. In 1996 she received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She died of natural causes in Los Angeles in 2005 at the age of 84.
Original Virginia Mayo Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 inch Index Card. Written: Sincerely Virginia Mayo. (You will receive shown 8 x 10 Black and White Photograph along with autograph) Regular Price – $ 145.00 / Sale Price – $ 74.95.
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