Virginia Huston

Active - 1946 - 1954  |   Born - Apr 24, 1925 in Wisner, NE  |   Died - Feb 28, 1981 in Santa Monica, CA  |   Genres - Crime, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

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Although she was featured in a couple of above-average film noirs, including Out of the Past (1947), blonde RKO starlet Virginia Huston always played the good girl and no one remembers the good girl in a film noir. A former child actress, Huston signed with RKO in 1945, and played stock ingénues until cast as Lynn Bari's nightclub singing sister in Nocturne (1947), a low-budget but well-appointed crime drama, in which her singing vocals were dubbed by Martha Mears. Out of the Past (1947), as Robert Mitchum's nice girlfriend, followed and she was allowed to demonstrate a bit of spirit opposite Joan Crawford in the classic soap opera Flamingo Road (1949). A broken back sustained in a near-fatal car crash kept her bedridden for a year and when she returned to films, it was as Jane opposite Lex Barker's jungle king in Tarzan's Peril (1951), a sure sign of declining interest. There were a few minor roles to follow, but Huston basically retired after marrying a wealthy real-estate broker in 1952.

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