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.”
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.