Born Finis Barton January 8, 1911 in Perth but raised in Sydney, Australia where she studied ballet, tap, and acting. Became a local radio star at age 14. Entered the U.S. via Canada in 1927 and was promptly hired by RKO Pictures as a "pony" (chorus girl) dancer in musicals. From 1930 to 1939 played various roles in "B" movie productions, with the exception of "The Gay Divorcee" (1934) and "Becky Sharpe" (1935). Adopted "Virginia Barton" as her stage name. Toured with the USO performing theatrical roles 1941 - 1945 in England and the Philippines. Read more... "Life with Father." Her professional career ended in 1951.