Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Virginia Mayo and Jean Parker

Who was born on this date:

Actress Virginia Mayo was born on November 30, 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri. After a short career in vaudeville, Mayo progressed to films and during the 1940s established herself as a supporting player in such films as The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), White Heat (1949), Wonder Man (1945), The Kid from Brooklyn (1946) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947). At the zenith of her career, Mayo was seen as the quintessential voluptuous Hollywood beauty. Mayo remained an A-list actress into the mid-'50s, but then went into semi-retirement. She died of congestive heart failure on January 17, 2005 and is buried at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.

Who died on this date:

On November 30, 2005, actress Jean Parker died. She was born on August 11, 1915in Deer Lodge, Montana. She was discovered by a secretary to MGM boss Louis B. Mayer and had a successful film career and major credits include Little Women, Lady for a Day, Gabriel Over the White House, The Ghost Goes West, Rasputin and the Empress and The Flying Deuces. Later in life, Parker continued a successful stint on the West Coast theatre circuit and worked as an acting coach. She spent her final years in the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills. Mayo died there from a stroke on November 30, 2005 and was buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills.

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