Virginia Vance was born Dahlia Roberta Pears on July 1, 1902 in Illinois. She moved to Hollywood and became one of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. In 1922 she made her acting debut in the comedy short Crash. Virginia would appear in more than ninety short films including Don't Hesitate and Hold You Hat. She married actor Bryant Washburn in 1929 and retired. The couple had one daughter. Virginia died of a heart attack on October 13, 1942. She was just 40 years old.