Biography

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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 24

Birthday 1920-05-20

Day of Death 2006-09-14

Place of Birth Dallas, Texas, USA

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Dorothy Howe

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1945 Crime, Inc. as Trixie Waters
1942 Broadway Big Shot as Betty Collins
1941 Blonde Comet as Beverly Blake
1941 A Panic in the Parlor as Mrs. Vivian Errol
1941 South of Panama as Janice 'Jan' Martin, aka Dolores Esteban
1941 Robbers of the Range as Alice Tremaine
1941 Repent at Leisure as Elevator Girl
1940 Triple Justice as Lorna Payson
1940 Stage to Chino as Caroline McKay
1940 Millionaires in Prison as May Thomas
1940 Prairie Law
1940 You Can't Fool Your Wife as Sally
1940 Bullet Code as Molly Matthews
1940 Legion of the Lawless as Ellen Ives
1939 The Marshal Of Mesa City as Virginia King
1939 Three Sons as Phoebe Pardway
1939 Unmarried as Betty (as Dorothy Howe)
1939 Persons in Hiding as Flo
1939 Disbarred as Airline Stewardess
1938 King of Alcatraz as Dixie (as Dorothy Howe)
1938 Cocoanut Grove as Hazel De Vore
1938 Her Jungle Love as Eleanor Martin
1938 The Big Broadcast of 1938 as Joan Fielding
1937 Night Club Scandal as Marsh's Maid

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