Virginia Sale – Urbana's Hollywood Starlet

This month’s History Talk features our resident theater historian and Museum Vice President Perry Morris as he returns for part two of the Sale Family history. This month we are introduced to Urbana’s Hollywood Starlet, Virginia Sale, the sister of Urbana’s Leading Man Chick Sale. Virginia was born in Urbana in 1899, the daughter of Frank and Lillie Belle Sale. He followed her brother to the stage and became an acclaimed character actress in her own right. She was active on stage, in film and television, and on the radio for nearly 50 years. She is famous for her one-woman stage show “Americana Sketches”. Perry will recount her upbringing in Urbana and focus on many of her leading and groundbreaking roles on the stage and silver screen.


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