Virginia Dale
Publicity photo, c.1939
Virginia Paxton

(1917-07-01)July 1, 1917
North Carolina, U.S.
DiedOctober 3, 1994(1994-10-03) (aged 77)
Occupation(s)Actress, dancer
Years active1938–1958, 1982–1987

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


Dale was born in North Carolina.[2] She was the daughter of Lula Helms Paxton, and she graduated from Central High School in Charlotte.[3]

While working with her sister, Frances, to form the dancing Paxton Sisters[3] 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,[4] 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.

On Broadway, Dale performed in Him (1928) and The Final Balance (1928).[5]

Dale died of complications of emphysema[4] in Burbank, California, and is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1938 No Time to Marry Eleanor Winthrop
Start Cheering Mabel
1939 Idiot's Delight Les Blondes - Francine
The Kid from Texas 'Okay' Kinney
Death of a Champion Patsy Doyle
All Women Have Secrets Jennifer Warwick
1940 Parole Fixer Enid Casserly
Buck Benny Rides Again Virginia
The Quarterback Kay Merrill
Dancing on a Dime Dolly Stewart
Love Thy Neighbor Virginia Astor
1941 Las Vegas Nights Patsy Grant
The Singing Hill Jo Adams
Kiss the Boys Goodbye Gwendolyn Abbott
World Premiere Lee Morrisson
1942 Holiday Inn Lila Dixon
1943 Headin' for God's Country Laurie Lane
1947 Fall Guy Marie
The Hucksters Kimberly Receptionist
Dragnet Irene Trilling
1948 Docks of New Orleans Rene Blanchette
Strike It Rich Mabel
1950 Love That Brute Maid Uncredited
1951 Danger Zone Claire Underwood (1st Episode)
1974 That's Entertainment! Herself Documentary, Clip from 'Idiot's Delight', (archive footage)


  1. ^ a b "Virginia Dale, Dancer, 77". The New York Times. October 22, 1994. Retrieved April 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Virginia Dale". BFI. Archived from the original on June 11, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Charlotte Actress Gets Important Role". The Charlotte Observer. December 27, 1938. p. 13. Retrieved October 30, 2020 – via
  4. ^ a b Willis, John; Monush, Barry (February 2000). Comprehensive Pictorial and Statistical Record of the 1994 Movie Season. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-55783-233-7. Retrieved October 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Virginia Dale". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on October 30, 2020. Retrieved October 30, 2020.