VIRGINIA MAYO (DECEASED) ORIGINAL Autograph 5X7 EXCELLENT SIGNATURE QUALITY AUTHENTICATED BY JSA (JAMES SPENCE AUTHENTICATION)S Virginia Mayo (born Virginia Clara Jones; November 30, 1920 January 17, 2005) was an American actress and dancer. Best known for a series of comedy films with Danny Kaye, Mayo was Warner Brothers's biggest box-office money-maker in the late 1940s. She also co-starred in the 1946 Oscar-winning movie The Best Years of Our Lives In the early 1940s, Virginia Mayo's talent and striking beauty came the attention of movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, who signed her an acting contract with his company. One of her first films was the 1943 hit Jack London, which starred her future husband Michael O'Shea. 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 theaters just see her blonde hair and classic looks on-screen. Her first starring role came in 1944 opposite comedian Bob Hope in The Princess and the Pirate. Remaining in the comedy genre, Mayo had several popular on-screen pairings with dancer-ac 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 life". According widely published reports from the late 1940s, the Sultan of Morocco declared her beauty 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). Virginia Mayo was a constant fixture in the movie theaters in 1949 as she co-starred in many movies all released that year. Among them were Flaxy Martin, opposite Joel McCrea in the western Colorado Terriy, co-starred with future United States President Ronald Reagan in The Girl from Jones Beach, and with comedian Mil Berle in Always Leave Them Laughing. 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. In a later interview, Mayo admitted she was frightened by Cagney as the psychotic gunman in White Heat because he was so realistic Mayo in White Heat (1949) with James Cagney 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 Sy (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 appear in films with varying genres. In 1953, she appeared in the comedy-drama-action film South Sea Woman with Burt Lancaster and Chuck Connors. She played Helena in Vic 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). Mayo played Cleopatra in the 1957 fantasy film The Sy of Mankind with Vincent Price, Hedy Lamarr, Cesar Romero, Agnes Moorehead, and the Marx Brothers. Her last film of the decade was 1959's Jet Over the Atlantic with Guy Madison and George Raft. By the 1960s, Mayo's film career had tapered off considerably, although she continued 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 make a cameo appearance in the all-star box office bomb Won , 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 Washing Slept Here). Mayo also enjoyed noiety in the 1970s and 1980s as a television guest star in the hit shows The Love Boat, Reming Steele, and Murder, She Wrote, and a dozen episodes of the soap opera Santa Barbara. Mayo was one of the first be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Hers is located at 1751 Vine Street. In 1996, Mayo was honored by her homen as she received a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame *Back of photo has black crayon 726 and stains
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