Simms was born in San Antonio, Texas, 1915 but was raised in California.
At age 20, Simms joined the Tommy Gerun band and then the Kay
Kyser orchestra in 1938.
With her own radio series (sponsored by Philip Morris), Ginny
became a popular figure during WWII, interviewing
servicemen from all over the globe, who got to send messages to
their families over the air.
She went on to appear in such lightweight MGM
film fare as Here We Go Again (1942, with Edgar
Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and Fibber
McGee & Molly), Hit the Ice (1943, with Broadway Rhythm (1944).
Following Louis B. Mayer's divorce she often escorted him. Unfortunately
MGM never promoted her as a bankable star, however, and her last
film with them was in 1946. Simms was married three times, and
passed away in 1994.
Please note these recordings are also available in
the larger chronological Divas
of Old Time Radio Collection.