Hollywood actress Virginia Mayo has died at the age of 84, following a recent battle with pneumonia.

Mayo starred in a succession of smash movies in the 40s and 50s, including performances in OSCAR-winner THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and stone-cold classic White Heat.

The actress continued to act in movies and television throughout the 70s and 80s, making her final screen appearance in the 1990 horror film EVIL SPIRITS.

Mayo had been ill since suffering from pneumonia a year ago.

Her actor husband, MICHAEL O'SHEA, died in 1973. She is survived by her daughter and three grandchildren.

18/01/2005 14:09