Her father went on to work as an assistant manager in a hotel in Portland, Oregon, where the family settled in the late 1920s. According to some reports, though the evidence is sketchy, she was the niece of General George Patton, the colourful wartime commander.
The family relocated again in 1942 after Virginia, an only child, had been spotted by a Warner Brothers talent scout while performing in a play at her high school — and after her father had accepted a position as an engineer in the Lockheed aircraft factory in Burbank, California.
She was thrilled to move west and take up a contract with the studio,
That’s actually a move east – south and east.