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Virginia Vale

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Virginia Vale (born Dorothy Howe, 20 May 1920 – 14 Sep 2006) was an American film actress. She starred in a number of B-movie Westerns but took a variety of other roles as well, notably in Blonde Comet (1941), in which she played a race car driver. Vale was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Howe. Before becoming a professional actor, she was a switchboard operator in Dallas, Texas, and honed her acting skills in productions at a little theater in Dallas. After a representative of Paramount Pictures saw her in a leading role, he invited her to make a screen test, which led to a contract. (Another source says that Howe was working at the switchboard in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Dallas office, where a talent scout for Paramount found her and signed her to a contract. Career Several of Vale's early films were made using her birth name. The name Virginia Vale had been chosen in advance for the female winner of the 1939 Gateway to Hollywood contest, a nationwide talent search sponsored by producer Jesse Lasky -- as noted (somewhat indignantly) then by another Virginia Vale a syndicated columnist covering the film industry. Vale edged out Rhonda Fleming in the 1939 contest. After her film career, she became an executive secretary at Lockheed and also a competition judge for the US Figure Skating Association. She was eventually honored by the USFSA for 50 years of service in that role. Before becoming a judge, she'd also briefly been a competition skater. Her life in film and skating was featured at the 2002 U.S. figure skating championships and a memorial trophy for "most outstanding performance" was given in her name at the 2007 California Championships.

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May 20, 1920 In Dallas, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Night Club Scandal 1937-11-11
Latest Project:
Series New Amsterdam 2018-09-25
Known For
Poster of Blonde Comet
Poster of King of Alcatraz
Poster of Cocoanut Grove
Poster of The Big Broadcast of 1938
Series New Amsterdam kira davis 2018-09-25
Movie Crime, Inc. Trixie Waters 1945-04-15
Movie Broadway Big Shot Betty Collins 1942-02-06
Movie South of Panama Janice 'Jan' Martin, aka Dolores Esteban 1941-05-02
Movie Robbers of the Range Alice Tremaine 1941-04-17
Movie Repent at Leisure Elevator Girl 1941-04-04
Movie A Panic in the Parlor Mrs. Vivian Errol 1941-06-27
Movie The Gay Falcon Hysterical Woman 1941-10-24
Movie Blonde Comet Beverly Blake 1941-12-26
Movie You Can't Fool Your Wife Sally 1940-05-21
Movie Legion of the Lawless Ellen Ives 1940-01-22
Movie Bullet Code Molly Matthews 1940-04-12
Movie Prairie Law Priscilla Brambull 1940-06-14
Movie Millionaires in Prison May Thomas 1940-07-12
Movie Triple Justice Lorna Payson 1940-09-22
Movie Stage to Chino Caroline McKay 1940-07-26
Movie Disbarred Airline Stewardess 1939-01-06
Movie Unmarried Betty (as Dorothy Howe) 1939-05-20
Movie Persons in Hiding Flo 1939-02-10
Movie Three Sons Phoebe Pardway 1939-10-13
Movie The Marshal Of Mesa City Virginia King 1939-11-03
Movie Her Jungle Love Eleanor Martin 1938-04-15
Movie The Big Broadcast of 1938 Joan Fielding 1938-02-11
Movie Cocoanut Grove Hazel De Vore 1938-05-20
Movie King of Alcatraz Dixie (as Dorothy Howe) 1938-09-30
Movie Night Club Scandal Marsh's Maid 1937-11-11