Virginia Gibson (Virginia Gorski)
Virginia Gibson, born Virginia Gorski, (April 9, 1925 – April 25, 2013) was an American dancer, singer and actress of film, television and musical theatre. Virginia Gibson, known as Virginia Gorski until she was signed by Warner Brothers in the 1950s, started her career in musicals in her hometown of St. Louis, MO and on Broadway. Once she moved to Hollywood she played supporting or leading roles in a number of Warner Brothers musicals. Her most famous film role was Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1954. While in Hollywood she also starred in a television series So This Is Hollywood with Mitzi Green, which ran for one season in 1955. She was a regular performer on The Johnny Carson Show (1955–56), an earlier Carson series, not to be confused with The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In 1956 she returned to Broadway to play Ethel Merman’s daughter in the musical Happy Hunting. She then became one of the stars of Your Hit Parade, one of the most popular TV shows of the 1950s, for one season. From 1962 to 1971 she co-hosted, with Frank Buxton (and later, Bill Owen), the ABC-TV children’s documentary program Discovery. When her performing career ended she spent many years teaching acting and theater classes to young people at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York. She was a popular singer on records, with numerous minor hits, such as “You Blew Me A Kiss”, “Two Innocent Hearts”, and “Miracle Of Love”. In 1957 she was nominated for a Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical, for her portrayal of Beth Livingstone in Happy Hunting.
- April, 09, 1925
- St. Louis, Missouri
- April, 25, 2013
- Newtown, Pennsylvania