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Sherman Virginia Poole|
July 26, 1919
El Monte, California, U.S.
March 28, 1986 (aged 66)|
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
(m. 1944; div. 1960)
Gilmore was born in El Monte, California. Her father was a retired officer of the British Army.
Gilmore began her stage career in San Francisco at the age of 15, but moved to Los Angeles in 1939 to pursue work in films. When her movie career was not progressing, Gilmore mustered the nerve to approach Samuel Goldwyn at his home. As a result of their meeting, he promised her a screen test. She soon landed some small movie roles. Her better known film appearances both occurred in 1941: Western Union, directed by Fritz Lang, and Swamp Water directed by Jean Renoir.
When her movie role options began to dwindle, Gilmore left Los Angeles for New York City and started working on Broadway, where she had appeared in A Successful Calamity in 1934. In 1943, she played in Those Endearing Young Charms and The World’s Full of Girls. In 1944, she played the title role in Dear Ruth, which was directed by Moss Hart. Her other Broadway credits include Truckline Cafe (1946), The Grey-eyed People (1952), and Critics Choice (1960).
Starting in the late 1940s, Gilmore had many television roles. In 1949, she and her husband, Yul Brynner, were featured on We’re On, an NBC television series. Between 1966 and 1968, she taught drama at Yale University. In her later years, Gilmore was a leader in Alcoholics Anonymous.
- Winter Carnival (1939)
- Laddie (1940)
- Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)
- Jennie (1940)
- Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)
- Western Union (1941)
- Swamp Water (1941)
- That Other Woman (1942)
- The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
- Berlin Correspondent (1942)
- The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)
- Orchestra Wives (1942)
- Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas (1943)
- Wonder Man (1945)
- Close-Up (1948)
- Walk East on Beacon (1952)
- Those Endearing Young Charms (1943)
- The World's Full of Girls (1943)
- Dear Ruth (1944)
- Truckline Cafe (with Marlon Brando) (1946)
- The Grey-Eyed People (1952)
- Critic's Choice (with Henry Fonda) (1960)
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- "Virginia Gilmore". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
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- Yul Brynner biodata, thebiographychannel.co.uk; accessed October 16, 2014.
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