Virginia Huston

Virginia Huston (April 24, 1925 – February 28, 1981) was an American actress.

Virginia Huston
Huston as Jane in Tarzan's Peril (1951)
Born(1925-04-24)April 24, 1925
DiedFebruary 28, 1981(1981-02-28) (aged 55)
Years active1937-1954
Spouse(s)Manus Paul Clinton II (1952-?)

Early years

Huston was born in Wisner, Nebraska, the daughter of Marcus and Mary Agnes Houston, and she had two brothers. Once she started her acting career, she changed the spelling of her last name to match that of Walter and John Huston.[1] She attended Duchesne Catholic School for Girls in Omaha and appeared in stage productions as a student there. [2]


When Huston was 12, she first appeared on radio in an episode of Calling All Cars.[2]


Huston gained early experience on stage by appearing in plays presented by the Omaha Community Playhouse.[2]


Huston's first film was Desirable Woman.[2] She appeared in many 1940s and 1950s film noir and adventure films. Signing with RKO in 1945, her first film was opposite George Raft in Nocturne. Her singing voice in the nightclub was redubbed by a singer. Huston was the ninth actress to play Jane, appearing in Tarzan's Peril (1951). (Another source says, "She becomes the fifteenth "Jane" in this jungle-king series.")[3]

Her other films include the iconic film noir Out of the Past (released in the UK as Build My Gallows High) (1947), in which she plays Robert Mitchum's girlfriend. She appeared in The Racket (1951), which also starred Mitchum, and in the Joan Crawford dramas Flamingo Road (1949) and Sudden Fear (1952).

Huston suffered a broken back in an automobile accident, which disrupted her career[3] at its peak. When she returned, she dropped to minor roles and "B"-level films.

Personal life and death

Huston retired from films after marrying Manus Paul Clinton II, a real estate agent, in 1952.[4] In 1981 she died of cancer.


Year Title Role Notes
1946NocturneCarol Page
1947Out of the PastAnn
1949Flamingo RoadAnnabelle Weldon
1949The Doolins of OklahomaElaine Burton
1950Women from HeadquartersJoyce
1951Tarzan's PerilJane
1951The HighwaymanLady Ellen Douglas
1951The RacketLucy Johnson
1951Flight to MarsCarol Stafford
1952Night Stage to GalvestonAnn Bellamy
1952Sudden FearAnn Taylor
1953-1954Ford TheatreEvelyn Austin / Deborah3 episodes, (final appearance)
1954Knock on WoodAudrey Greene


  1. Hannsberry, Karen Burroughs (1998). Femme Noir: Bad Girls of Film. McFarland & Company. ISBN 978-0-7864-4682-7. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. Gunson, Victor (March 28, 1946). "Hollywood Gets First Bobby-Sox Star". Ohio, Massillon. The Evening Independent. p. 9. Retrieved January 30, 2016 via
  3. "Virginia Huston Gets 'Tarzan' Role". New York, Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 6, 1950. p. 17. Retrieved January 30, 2016 via
  4. "Actress to Marry California Realtor". Oregon, Eugene. The Eugene Guard. July 18, 1952. p. 6. Retrieved January 30, 2016 via
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