Virginia Dale

Virginia Dale (July 1, 1917 – October 3, 1994) was an American actress and dancer.[1]

Virginia Dale
Virginia Dale, c. 1939
Virginia Paxton

(1917-07-01)July 1, 1917
DiedOctober 3, 1994(1994-10-03) (aged 77)
Other namesPhyllis Randall
OccupationActress, dancer
Years active1938–1958, 1982–1987


Dale was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. While working as one of the dancing Paxton Sisters in New York City, she was discovered by Darryl F. Zanuck who signed her to a contract with 20th Century Fox.[1] She appeared in a number of movies in the late 1930s and 1940s, including Holiday Inn (1942), in which she dances and sings with Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby, and she became particularly associated with musicals. In the 1950s, she worked mainly in television series such as The Adventures of Kit Carson (1951–1952), Highway Patrol (1957), and The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1957–1958). She left the movie business in 1958, but returned to acting for a few films in the 1980s. She died in Burbank, California, and is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).


Year Title Role Notes
1938No Time to MarryEleanor Winthrop
1938Start CheeringMabel
1939Idiot's DelightLes Blondes - Francine
1939The Kid from Texas'Okay' Kinney
1939Death of a ChampionPatsy Doyle
1939All Women Have SecretsJennifer Warwick
1940Parole FixerEnid Casserly
1940Buck Benny Rides AgainVirginia
1940The QuarterbackKay Merrill
1940Dancing on a DimeDolly Stewart
1940Love Thy NeighborVirginia Astor
1941Las Vegas NightsPatsy Grant
1941The Singing HillJo Adams
1941Kiss the Boys GoodbyeGwendolyn Abbott
1941World PremiereLee Morrisson
1942Holiday InnLila Dixon
1943Headin' for God's CountryLaurie Lane
1947Fall GuyMarie
1947The HuckstersKimberly Receptionist
1947DragnetIrene Trilling
1948Docks of New OrleansRene Blanchette
1948Strike It RichMabel
1950Love That BruteMaidUncredited
1951Danger ZoneClaire Underwood(1st Episode)
1974That's Entertainment!HerselfDocumentary, Clip from 'Idiot's Delight', (archive footage)


  1. "Virginia Dale, Dancer, 77". The New York Times. October 22, 1994. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Phyllis Dobson
Miss California
Succeeded by
Claire James

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