|Born||Victoria Velnette Vinton
August 23, 1912
|Died||June 12, 1980
Woodland Hills, California
Victoria Vinton, born Victoria Velnette Vinton (August 23, 1912 – June 12, 1980) was an early B-movie actress, starring in over thirty films from 1932 into 1940, mostly in westerns.
Born in New Jersey, she was the daughter of Victor Vinton (1888-1983) and Lucille Vinton Strahl. She had a younger sister, Violet. Vinton was a good looking young woman in her youth, and was often called in her acting days "a Jean Harlow look alike".
Her career started with her on contract with Warner Bros., beginning in 1932. With them she made a number of successful western films, usually starring as the heroine opposite cowboy stars such as Fred Scott, Bob Custer, Reb Russell, Wally Wales, and Bill Cody.
She was best known for her work in the Busby Berkeley-musicals. She was Cinderella in the "Don't say goodnight" musical number in the movie Wonder Bar (1934), a beautiful girl in the movie Dames. Perhaps her most famous part was that of the seamstress in the musical number "Spin a Little Web of Dreams" in the movie Fashions of 1934. A favorite of director Busby Berkeley, Vinton was cast in all of his musicals in the 1930s and 1940s.
Following the end of her Warner Bros. contract, she starred in six ultra-low budget westerns with other companies. From 1932 through 1936 she was fairly active, although some were uncredited roles, but VInton also had several starring roles, some of which were moderately successful. Her first credited role was The Seventh Commandment in 1932. In 1934 Vinton starred in Adventures of Texas Jack, and later that year she starred in Pals of the Prairie.
However, she still had not reached full star billing status, and appeared in another seven films that same year, uncredited. In 1935 she had one starring role, in The Cheyenne Tornado, but two more films, in which she was uncredited. In 1936 she starred in Ambush Valley with Bob Custer, and in Vengeance of Rannah, also with Custer as well as with John Elliott, but yet another four films in which she was uncredited. She played small parts after that, sometimes as small as a backup dancer or non-billed scene actor. Her last credited role was in 1937, when she starred in The Singing Buckaroo. She appeared uncredited in six films in 1940. Then, Vinton simply disappeared, as far as Hollywood was concerned.
She married Cinematographer Scotty Welbourne in 1939, but they were later divorced. Vinton married Jack Franklin Yates (1901-1977) in January 1955.
Vinton did not reappear publicly until her death, on June 12, 1980, while living in an actors retirement community in Woodland Hills, California. When she died her name was Victoria Velnette Yates. There is no information as to what she had done during her decades of absence from acting.
She is buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.