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|Also Known As:||Virginia Reid, Virginia Reid Sampson, Lynn Carver, Virginia Reid||Died:||August 12, 1955|
|Born:||September 13, 1909||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Birmingham, Alabama, USA||Profession:||actor|
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MarkRook ( 2010-04-01 )
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Lynne Carver was born, Virginia Reid Sampson on September 13,1916 in the mining town of Douglas, Arizona. Her father,Reid Johnson Sampson, was an engineer at the Copper Queen mining smelter. Her mother, Maud Fleenor Sampson was a housewife. Virginia had a younger sister Majorie Lee Sampson. The Sampson family had a rich heritage in their home state of Kentucky. Virginia's grandfather served as chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court during the Civil War.
A very pretty, delicate blond, Virginia began her film career as a result of a beauty pageant in 1934,while still in her teens. In her first role she was cast as a singer in a chorus in "Down To Their Last Yacht's" and then came "Kids Million" also in 1934, where she was a member of Samuel Goldwyn's "Goldwyn Girls". She worked with Joan Crawford in the film, "The Bride Wore Red". Later in 1938, came two memorable classics where she was a fetching presence,"Young Dr. Kildare" portraying Alice Raymond which also starred Lionel Barrynore and "A Christmas Carol" as Bess, the wife of Scrooge's nephew. Then came "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" with Mickey Rooney in 1939. Later, in 1940 she appeared in "Bitter Sweet", "Musical Broadway Melody of 1940", a warm-hearted musical with Fred Astaire and "That Sporting Blood" with Robert Young".
In the late 1930's, she had her name changed to Lynne Carver and in 1937 married MGM Executive Producer Nicholas Nayfack, a nephew of MGM Studio chef Nicholas Schenck. The couple would divorce in 1942. The slowdown of work due to World War II and the divorce likely caused her career to stall. However, she went to work in B-Westerns, most notably, "A Man From Cheyenne" in 1942 and Sunset On The Desert", both with Roy Rogers. Later, she would team with Johnny Mack Brown in a trio of western flicks, "Flame Of The West"(1945), "Drifting Along"(1946), and "Crossed Trails"(1948). In 1948 she married William J. Mullhaney of New York,New York. It was about this same time she first experienced some health problems and left California and her filmwork.
Lynne Carver did reportedly appear in "One Came Home" which was produced in 1953,but there is little information on this feature film. In all she appeared in 41 films during her career which spanned from 1934 to 1953. She was mostly cast in supporting or character roles, but did win a few leading lady roles.
Lynne Carver died of cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City on August 12, 1955. It was one month prior to her 39th birthday. She had no children. A sad ending to a beautiful and talented starlet with plenty of southern charm.
MarkRook ( 2010-05-13 )
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Date of Birth: September 13, 1916 Early on she was billed as Virginia Reid in RKO musicals. Later, she moved over to MGM as Lynne Carver.
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