Virginia Gilmore

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Virginia Gilmore
Virginia Gilmore in Western Union.jpg
Sherman Virginia Poole

(1919-07-26)July 26, 1919
DiedMarch 28, 1986(1986-03-28) (aged 66)
Years active1939–1970
Yul Brynner
(m. 1944; div. 1960)
Yul Brynner and Virginia Gilmore

Virginia Gilmore (born Sherman Virginia Poole, July 26, 1919 – March 28, 1986) was an American film, stage, and television actress.

Early years[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Later years[edit]

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.[2] In 1944, she played the title role in Dear Ruth,[3] which was directed by Moss Hart. Her other Broadway credits include Truckline Cafe (1946), The Grey-eyed People (1952), and Critics Choice (1960).[2]

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.[1] In her later years, Gilmore was a leader in Alcoholics Anonymous[4].

Personal life[edit]

In 1944, she married Yul Brynner. The couple had one son, Yul "Rock" Brynner (born on December 23, 1946), before divorcing in 1960.[5]


On March 28, 1986, Gilmore died from emphysema at her home in Santa Barbara, California, aged 66.[1] Upon her death, she was cremated by the Neptune Society and her ashes scattered at sea.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1939 Winter Carnival Margie Stafford
1940 Laddie Pamela Pryor
1940 Manhattan Heartbeat Dottie Haley
1940 Jennie Jennie Collins
1941 Tall, Dark and Handsome Judy Miller
1941 Western Union Sue Creighton
1941 Swamp Water Mabel MacKenzie
1941 Mr. District Attorney in the Carter Case Terry Parker
1942 Sundown Jim Toni Black
1942 The Pride of the Yankees Myra
1942 Berlin Correspondent Karen Hauen
1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe Elmira Royster
1942 Orchestra Wives Elsie
1942 That Other Woman Emily Borden
1943 Chetniks! The Fighting Guerrillas Natalia
1945 Wonder Man Sailor's Girl Friend
1948 Close-Up Peggy Lake
1952 Walk East on Beacon Millie Zalenko / Teresa Henning

Stage performances[edit]

  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c "Actress Virginia Gilmore Dies: Veteran of Stage, Hollywood". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 1, 1986. p. Part II - 4. Retrieved September 3, 2018 – via open access
  2. ^ a b "Virginia Gilmore". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  3. ^ Rainho, Manny (March 2015). "This Month in Movie History". Classic Images (477): 28.
  4. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (August 19, 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Yul Brynner biodata,; accessed October 16, 2014.

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