Virginia North

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Virginia North
Born (1945-01-01)1 January 1945
London, England, United Kingdom
Died 5 June 2004(2004-06-05) (aged 59)
East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Actress
Years active 1967–1971

Virginia North, Lady White (1 January 1945 – 5 June 2004) was an Anglo-American actress who appeared in small roles in five films and one TV programme between 1967 and 1971.

Life and career[edit]

Born Virginia Anne Northrop in London to a British mother and a U.S. Army father, North spent her early years in Britain, France, Southeast Asia and finally Washington, following her father's military postings. By the mid-1960s she had returned to Britain, where she worked as a model, specialising in swim wear. In 1968 she joined the newly established London agency Models 1, which has since gone on to become one of the major modelling agencies in Europe.

North began her brief film career with small parts in the Bulldog Drummond film Deadlier Than the Male (1967) and the Yul Brynner vehicle The Long Duel (1967). She returned to film two years later as Robot Number Nine in Some Girls Do (1969), the second in the Bulldog Drummond franchise, and as Olympe in two short scenes in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969),[1] so forever labelling her—however marginally—a "Bond girl".

The 1969 Department S episode "The Mysterious Man in the Flying Machine" marked her only television appearance.

Her last and perhaps best-known role was as Vincent Price's silent assistant, the delectably deadly Vulnavia, in the horror comedy The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971).[2] Except for a brief moment as she struggles not to laugh during a campy dance scene with Price, North keeps an impassive face and dispassionate poise throughout, no matter how abominable or downright weird proceedings become. With this film’s frequent change of stylish and sometimes bizarre costumes, her work as a model stands her in good stead.

In 1974 North married the wealthy industrialist Gordon White. Later that year she gave birth to her only child, Lucas, who would later become a well-regarded polo player and one of the richest young men in the United Kingdom.

With her husband awarded a KBE in 1979 for services to British industry, so becoming Sir Gordon White, Virginia White became Virginia, Lady White. She and White were divorced in 1991. She never remarried and died at her home in West Sussex, England, in June 2004 after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 59.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  2. ^ "Cult Movies Showcase: The Abominable Dr. Phibes". TCM: Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ Kay, Richard (11 June 2004). "Rumble in the rumba". Daily Mail Online (London). Retrieved 2009-05-03. 

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