The article below is posted with permission from Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706.
One of the most outstanding hair stylists of her generation, Virginia Darcy was a true character, vivacious and sassy, talented and fun to be around but disciplined and exacting in her work ethic. Darcy loved to laugh and always kept it lively on the set.
She apprenticed at MGM, Universal, Fox and the other major studios and applied for Local 706 membership in 1947, became a Journeyman in 1948 and for the next four decades created hair styles that remain iconic today.
Early in her career, she worked with director Alfred Hitchcock on The Birds, Marnie, The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. She remained in contact with actress Tippi Hedren until just last year when they were scheduled to be presenters at the Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (but unfortunately Hedren had to cancel at the last minute).
Other features included Funny Girl, (the original) Cape Fear and Invitation to a Gunfighter. Her golden age of television credits are even more impressive – she was the hair stylist on the (original) Star Trek, The Munsters, McHale’s Navy, Kung Fu, The Virginian, Dukes of Hazzard, The Bing Crosby Show, The Jack Benny Program and dozens of others.
Darcy, Al Fama and Dick Smith were all nominated for Primetime Emmys for their outstanding work on North and South in the mid-1980s. She had an amazing career and stayed in touch with many of her friends and colleagues after retirement.
For many years, Darcy lived in Carpenteria and recently moved the Motion Picture Television Fund campus in Calabasas and enjoyed it tremendously. Unfortunately, her health began to fail at the age of 98, and she passed away on Sunday, Dec. 23.
She is survived by her two children, Jim and Dianne. Local 706 has not yet been notified of services, but will announce if we learn of any.