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Broadway actress 'in tune' with her retirement

Former radio star, actress shows off her talents

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March 31st, 2009
When you have greasepaint in your blood, you can t ignore it. You have to do something about it, says Greenspring s Virginia Scott. Since moving to Greenspring in April 2003, she has appeared or worked on all but one production with the campus theater group the Greenspring Players. My background is in theater, says Scott. I ve been involved in it my whole life. When my husband passed away, I knew the best thing for me was to keep busy. In fact, my motto is keep it moving, and the Greenspring Players helps me do that. Impressive career Throughout a long and distinguished career, Scott has kept moving. In the 1930s, Scott, known as Virginia Vass at the time, was part of the eight-member Vass Family, a group of singers who lent their voices to a variety of NBC radio programs, including Don McNeill s Breakfast Club, Hillbilly Heart- ' robs, the Magic Key, and National Barn Dance. For more than 13 years, the Vass Family performed on radio in New York, Chicago, and Hollywood before fi nally breaking up following World War II. Scott moved on to acting, performing in two popular radio shows. She portrayed the other wife in John s Other Wife and Wilma, the girlfriend, in Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. She also performed in numerous radio soap operas. In Hollywood, Scott sang in movies, including Radio City Revels and County Fair, with Milton Berle, Bing Crosby, and Judy Garland. She then lent her talents on the Great White Way, playing a pregnant Marion Franklin in the Broadway play ' ' ree s a Family. That show played for 15 months, says Scott. I was pregnant for 15 months but never gave birth. Sharing her talent Now at age 93, Scott still shows no signs of slowing down. She acts, sings, performs skits, and assists with directing plays for the Greenspring Players. It s a wonderful group, she says. I ve made a lot of good friends. I ve learned that if you want to get well known, just be in a performance. People stop me in the halls all the time. Sometimes they call me by name, and I don t know them at all. But they say they saw me in a show, and we start talking. A woman of many hats When she s not basking in the limelight, Scott enjoys other creative outlets. As a member of the popular memoir writing class, she recently wrote an article on her more than 60-year marriage. My husband was also in show business, she says. We had a great time together, and I had a lot of stories to share. Scott also attends poetry writing class and visits the Greenspring fitness center three days a week. I love the fitness center, she says. I never miss a visit because I know that if I do, I ll feel it right away. Memorizing lines for plays keeps my mind sharp, while exercising keeps me moving and feeling good. Looking forward With the Greenspring Players next auditions on the horizon, Scott is hoping she ll enjoy another opportunity to entertain her new friends. I don t have enough sense to know when to quit, she says. I m in the prime of my senility, and I feel good. I want to help older people realize that they don t have to quit because they re older. Most important, I keep laughing. ' That s the key to keeping things moving.

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