Virginia Kellogg
BornDecember 3, 1907
DiedApril 8, 1981(1981-04-08) (aged 73)
Los Angeles, California, USA
EducationLos Angeles High School
Spouse(s)Walter Cochrane (1938–??)
Thomas Milton Fine (1949–??)
Frank Lloyd (1955–60)
Albert Mortensen (1963–??)

Virginia Kellogg was an American film writer whose stories were adapted into the screenplays for White Heat (1949) and Caged (1950). Kellogg was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Story for White Heat (1949) at the 22nd Academy Awards held in 1950.[1] She was nominated for the same award for Caged (1950) the following year.[2]


Virginia Kellogg was born in Los Angeles in 1907. Her parents were Walter Kellogg and Grace Irwin. She attended Los Angeles High School.[3] Kellogg's first job was a reporter for The Los Angeles Times.[4]

By 1930, she was working at Paramount as a scenarist, after starting out as a script girl and secretary for director Clarence Brown around 1926.[5][6][7] She wrote a string of Pre-Code films for the studio at this time, including The Road to Reno and Mary Stevens, M.D. All the while, she'd continue writing radio plays and writing for national magazines.

In order to research Caged, the subject of which is women in prison, she became an inmate. With the assistance of authorities, she was incarcerated with a false conviction for embezzlement and served time in four American prisons.[8]

She was married several times: to fellow Times reporter, Walter Cochrane[9] in 1938 through the mid-1940s; to Thomas Milton Fine[10] from 1949–unknown; to director Frank Lloyd from about 1955 to 1960; and Albert Mortensen, a retired railroad executive.

Selected filmography


  1. ^ 22nd Academy Award Winners and Nominees, Academy Awards, first published March 23, 1950. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  2. ^ 23rd Academy Award Winners and Nominees, Academy Awards, first published March 29, 1951. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  3. ^ Whittaker, Alma (December 7, 1930). "Sugar and Spice". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Marilyn Ann Moss, Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director," University Press of Kentucky, 2011
  5. ^ "Screen Gossip". The Munster Times. December 20, 1930. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Hopper, Hedda (April 23, 1951). "Knew Her When". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Script Girl Signed". The Great Falls Tribune. April 26, 1931. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Thomas F. Brady, "Women in Prisons Subject of Film; Virginia Kellogg, Who Visited Institutions Incognito, to Do Movie Version for Warners," The New York Times, February 7, 1949
  9. ^ "'Times' Man on Leave Describes Pacific Duty". The Los Angeles Times. September 29, 1944. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  10. ^ "Veteran to Wed Film Scenarist". The Los Angeles Times. March 23, 1949. Retrieved January 14, 2019.

Virginia Kellogg at IMDb