Victoria Velnette Vinton
1912 - 1980
There's not much information available on this platinum blonde, Jean Harlow lookalike. She was under contract at Warners in the 1930s. After Warners, she did about a half-dozen or so ultra low budget western features and shorts in the mid 1930s, appearing opposite such range riders as Fred Scott, Bob Custer, Reb Russell, Wally Wales, and Buffalo Bill Jr. (Jay Wilsey). Her film work amounts to around thirty movies during the period from 1932 through the mid 1940s (though there may be a few - or many - additional film appearances in which she was a background dancer, member of the chorus line, etc.).
There's a 7 1/2 minute Busby Berkeley showgirls video on youtube. This is the "Spin a Little Web of Dreams" sequence from the film FASHIONS OF 1934 (Warners, 1934). Vinton is the blonde tressed seamtress-among-the-feathers at about 1 minute 20 seconds and about 7 minutes into the video. It sure looks like her again in the gazillion blonde dancers sequence at around 5 minutes, 15 seconds - she's the first gal coming out of the feathers ... and waving to us. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Hff561JmY
The Unsung Joe website has a bit more on Vinton: http://morethanyouneededtoknow.typepad.com/the_unsung_joe/2008/07/victoria-vinton.html
Although some of the data is incomplete or inaccurate, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has information on Victoria Vinton: http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0899138/
The Family Search website has information on Victoria Vinton:
You may want to go to the In Search Of ... page on the Old Corral, and then to the California Death Records database. There you will find a record for: Victoria Velnette Yates, born 8/23/1912 in New Jersey, Mother's maiden name of Strahl, Father's last name of Vinton, and she passed away on 6/12/1980 in the Los Angeles area. A check of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) notes that Victoria Yates passed away in Woodland Hills, California.
(Courtesy of Ed Tabor)
Above from left to right are Vane Calvert, Bob Custer, Victoria Vinton, Eddie Phillips, John Elliott and Wally Wales/Hal Taliaferro in a lobby card from AMBUSH VALLEY (Reliable, 1936).
(From Old Corral image collection)
Above from left to right are Rin-Tin-Tin Jr., Victoria Vinton, Bob Custer, John Elliott - and prone on the floor is Wally West - in a scene from Custer's VENGEANCE OF RANNAH (Reliable, 1936).