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“I consider myself a professional who acts, not to express my soul or elevate the cinema… but to entertain and get paid for it.” ~ Virginia Grey
Virginia Grey was an American Actress. She was born in Los Angeles, California on March 22, 1917. Her father was movie director Ray Grey. At age 10, Grey appeared in her first movie, the silent film “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”(1927) as ‘Little Eva’. After a few more roles she quit acting to finish school. Grey returned to films in the 30’s and signed a contract with MGM and appeared in such movies as “Another Thin Man”(1939), “Hullabaloo”(1940), and “The Big Store”(1941). She left MGM in 1942 and starred in many movies with several different studios, working steadily into the 50’s and 60’s. In her career, Grey had roles in over 100 films spanning four decades. Grey was also a regular on television, appearing on shows such as; Playhouse 90, General Electric Theatre, The Dupont Show with June Allyson, Wagon Train, Bonanza, Marcus Welby M.D., Love American Style, The Virginian, and many others. She retired from show business in 1970.
During WWII, Virginia Grey was a big supporter of the war. She was a frequent hostess of the Hollywood Canteen during the war and also sold war bonds. During her participation in WWII bond drives, she developed a close relationship with John Basilone, a US Marine Medal of Honor recipient, who was later killed on Iwo Jima.
Virginia Grey died of heart failure on July 31, 2004.