Hold the Mayo

And hold her close, lest she get away.

Virginia Mayo started out in St Louis as Virginia Jones; “Mayo” she picked up from her brother-in-law Andy Mayo, who by all accounts was something of a horse’s ass. By the late 1940s she was the biggest money maker at Warner Bros.; according to legend, the Sultan of Morocco said her appearance was “tangible proof of the existence of God.”

Virginia Mayo takes a call

Virginia Mayo sticks her feet on the desk

Virginia Mayo gets some shade

Mayo was very popular in musicals; while she could dance up a storm — she was taking dance lessons as early as age six — she couldn’t sing a lick, and was always dubbed. Her last film role was in the lightly-regarded The Man Next Door (1997).

In this clip from A Song Is Born (1948), Danny Kaye tries his darnedest to resist:

As romantic dialogue goes, it’s just plain wacky.

1 comment

  1. Holly H »

    5 March 2018 · 8:32 am

    Oh, for the good old days when “seduction” still meant something.

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