Virginia Huston

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Virginia Huston
Virginia Huston in Tarzan's Peril.jpg
Virginia Huston as Jane Porter in Tarzan's Peril (1951)
Born (1925-04-24)April 24, 1925
Wisner, Nebraska, U.S.
Died February 28, 1981(1981-02-28) (aged 55)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1937-1954
Spouse(s) Manus Paul Clinton II (1952-?)

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

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

Huston married Manus Paul Clinton II, a real estate agent,[4] and retired from films.


Huston died of cancer in 1981.



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

External links

  • Virginia Huston on IMDb
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