Friday, July 3, 2015

#67 Virginia Grey

A stunning beauty and “one of the hardest-working women in Hollywood,” Virginia Grey never got the break she deserved.  She garnered 140-some credits over a 50-year career, but never moved beyond secondary roles in A films and starring turns in B’s. Louis B. Mayer once told her, "You have everything but luck." 

Primarily a comedienne, she starred with Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and the Marx Brothers. She also took a turn in Westerns, crime dramas, war movies, pre-historics, sci fi, and pretty much everything else out there.

Embarrassing Movies
  • Youth Takes a Fling
  • Jazz Mad
  • House of Horrors
  • Slaughter Trail
  • The Naked Kiss *
  • Tarzan’s New York Adventure
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines

  • Fang and claw killers stalk the city streets!
  • WILD SAVAGE LAW...Tough Flaming Adventure!!
  • Raw Panic The Screen Never Dared Reveal!
  • The boldest story of love you have ever been permitted to see!

Embarrassing Characters

  • Ella Goff Finch
  • Estelle Hohengarten
  • Lorabelle Larkin
  • Camille Quinlaw
  • Consuela MacNish

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends:  Clark Gable (she actually carried a torch for him for the rest of her life, never marrying)

Interesting Tidbits

  • Her father, Ray Grey, was one of the Keystone Kops and then later a director
  • One of her babysitters as a child was Gloria Swanson
  • Discovered waiting for her mom, a film editor
  • Made her film debut at age 10, in the silent version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Was a Mormon and staunch conservative Republican

Where can I learn more?

Ho, ho, ho!

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