After her time as a beautiful blonde starlet waned (remember her as the bitchy shopgirl, Pat, who trades barbs with Joan Crawford's Crystal Allen in The Women?), Virginia Grey matured into a welcome, whiskey-voiced supporting presence in many of her friend Ross Hunter's films, including All That Heaven Allows (1955), Back Street (1961), and Rosie (1967). Grey was also a friend of frequent Hunter star Lana Turner, appearing with the former Sweater Girl in Portrait in Black (1960) and Madame X (1966), as well as the I Can't Believe it's Not Hunter epic, Love Has Many Faces (1965).
Grey's last film appearance was in Ross Hunter's seminal "disaster" extravaganza, Airport (1970); her subsequent semi-retirement, save for a few TV guest spots, ensured that she escaped from Hunter's Lost Horizon (1973) fiasco unscathed. Virginia Grey passed away in 2004, at the age of 87.