Thursday, July 30, 2009

RIP Virginia Carroll

Virginia Carroll, film actress, dies at 95
July 30, 2009

Virginia Carroll, 95, a movie character actress and B-western leading
lady who appeared opposite cowboy stars such as Don "Red" Barry and
Tex Ritter, died of natural causes July 23 in a Santa Barbara
retirement community, said her daughter, Carroll Byrd Evangeline.

A Los Angeles department store model when she launched her film career
with a bit part as a fashion model in the 1935 movie "Roberta,"
Carroll appeared in her first western in 1936 opposite Jack La Rue in
"A Tenderfoot Goes West."

Mixing leads with supporting and character roles, Carroll appeared in
westerns with Gene Autry, Johnny Mack Brown, Bill Elliott, Roy Rogers,
Whip Wilson and other stars. She later appeared on TV shows such as
"The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok," "The Roy Rogers Show," "Dragnet"
and "Perry Mason."

Carroll was born in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 1913. She was married to
actor Ralph Byrd, who starred as Dick Tracy in movie serials and on
early television, from 1936 until his death in 1952. She was married
to her second husband, Lloyd McLean, a projectionist at 20th Century
Fox, from 1957 until his death in 1969.

CARROLL, Virginia Elizabeth
Born: 12/2/1913, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/23/2009, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

Virginia Carroll’s westerns – actress:
A Tenderfoot Goes West – 1936 (Ann Keith)
Oklahoma Terror – 1939 (Helen Martin)
The Phantom Cowboy – 1941 (Elanita Toreno)
The Masked Rider – 1941 (Margarita Valdez)
Raiders of the West – 1942 (Lola Andre)
Prairie Gunsmoke – 1942 (Lucy Wade)
Heldorado – 1946 (Ann)
The Last Round-up – 1947 (saleslady)
Overland Trails – 1948 (Mary Cramer)
Frontier Agent – 1948 (Paula)
Triggerman – 1948 (Lois Benton)
Crashing Thru – 1949 (Mrs. Gray)
Bad Men of Tombstone – 1949 (Matilda Stover)
Riders of the Whistling Pines – 1949 (towswoman)
The Blazing Sun – 1950 (townswoman)
Trail of Robin Hood – 1950 (Aldrige’s secretary)
Pals of the Golden West – 1951 (Well’s secretary)
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) – 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956 (various roles)
Red River Shore – 1953 (townswoman)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1954 (May Jordan)
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1955 (Mrs. Neary)
Stranger at My Door – 1956 (Sarah Tatum)
Spoilers of the Forest – 1957 (Sarah)

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