I'm a big fan of dry humor especially with perfect timing, it's comedic gold. And one would think that it would be quite difficult to pull that off in musicals or even movies without seeming forced or awkward. But that's what made Virginia O'Brien unique and ahead of her time.
Nicknamed "Frozen Face", "Miss Deadpan", and "Miss Ice Glacier", her comedic prowess was quite accidental and her discovery, serendipitous.
On her stage debut, she was supposed to deliver an ostentatious number but due to stage fright, she danced stiffly and with a frozen stare.
Reduced to tears in the wings after her debut that left the audience in laughter, the actress had no idea that her nervous energy would afford her the attention of Louis B. Mayer, of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and jumpstart her career as a comedic singer in some of the greatest movie musicals of the era.
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