By the end of her life, Virginia Hill had increasingly become known as the "Queen of the Mob." As Witness will affirm, reference to Queen of the Mob should not be taken as Hill being second-string the Mafia men who are better known.
Virginia Hill was born on August 26, 1916 in Lipscomb, Alabama, a village with a few hundred souls that organized only six years before her birth. When a search is done for Lipscomb "notables," a solitary name typically pops up: Virginia Hill.
Virginia, the seventh of 10 children, was christened Onie Virginia Hill. All 10 children trouped to Marietta, Georgia when Virginia was six and her parents split-up. Virginia married 16-yeqr-old George Randell when she was 15.
In 1933, two years after her marriage, Virginia hopped a train to Chicago with her husband in tow. She separated from him once in the Windy City.
17-year-old Virginia's goal was to get into the pornography business. Not immediately cast in any blue-film roles, Virginia snared employment as a shimmy dancer at the Chicago's World Fair, the Century of Progress.
Virginia is thought to have supplemented her income by working as a call girl. During those times when the calls weren't rolling in, she turned to street corners in Chicago, evidently turning tricks for couple of coins.
She eventually landed a job as a short-skirted waitress at San Carlo Ristorante, nestled in the World Fair's Italian Village. Perhaps playing to a cliché, the Italian Village exhibit was run by the mob and served as a hangout for the post-Capone Capone Gang. (Al Capone was in federal prison, his underboss becoming the head of the crew.
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