Late February 37 meets Adonis’ rival Ben "Bugsy" Siegel in a Brooklyn bar in New York City. They spend the next night lovemaking; it’s a night that she will remember as having the best sex ever. Later there will be other versions of their meeting, on a movie set or at a party in California. Siegel is married to Esta Siegel; they have two children, Millicent and Barbara.
Siegel relocates his operations to Hollywood. His order is to supervise and consolidate the gambling, racetrack, and bookmaking rackets on the West Coast.
Spring 39 meets Siegel again at a Hollywood party thrown by George Raft. They resume their affair and become inseparable.
is ordered by Dragna to spy on Siegel and is warned to "get too close"
she and Siegel settle in a house at 250 Delfern Avenue. Her brother moves in, too.
as a gangster’s girl, she becomes an item for the press; reporters are always on her trail
she and Siegel are frequent guests on movie sets when Gary Cooper and George Raft are filming
c. 40 screen-tests for Ball of Fire
Mid-44 is off to New York, where she returns to Joe Adonis; Siegel’s off to cowboy town Las Vegas, Nevada, to build his gambling business
August 44 has an affair with Carl Laemmle, Jr., son of the Universal Studios movie pioneer. He is lovesick, and she treats him like dirt. Siegel pleads with her to go with him to Nevada, but she refuses and stays in Los Angeles.
Summer 45 is on hand when Siegel and his partner Moe Sedway, together with Mob associates and friends, form the Nevada Projects Corporation to build Ben Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Among his partners are New York’s Meyer Lansky and Billy Wilkerson, owner of The Hollywood Reporter. She notes the costs of the operation frequently in her diary.
Late 45 as the costs of the Flamingo skyrocket to $5 million, the mobsters realize that they are being skimmed by Siegel, who steals about $2 million. There are rumors he gave the $2 million to Virginia, who put it in a Swiss bank account.
September 46/April 47
allegedly marries Siegel in Mexico; no legal record of the union will ever be found
28 December 46 attends the opening of the Flamingo together with show people George Jessel, George Raft, Vivian Blaine, Lon McAllister, Jesse Lasky, Charles Coburn, George Sanders, and Sunny Tufts. Xavier Cugat, Jimmy Durante, and singer Rose Marie perform. The Flamingo loses more than half a million dollars that first weekend.
loses interest in Siegel and moves into a home at 810 North Linden Drive in Beverly Hills
May 47? Dragna, Roselli, Lansky, Adonis, and other Mob representatives meet with Siegel at the home of a Beverly Hills attorney to discuss the losses at the Flamingo and their plans to expand in Las Vegas. Siegel’s days are numbered.
8 June 47 is ordered by the Mob to fly to Chicago on June 10. She tells Siegel she’s off to Paris to buy wine for the Flamingo; she’ll never see him again.
16 June 47 flies from Chicago to Paris
Mid-June 47 Siegel talks her into returning from Paris, but after a spat she leaves for Zurich
20 June 47 at approximately 10:30 p.m., on Dragna’s orders, a fusillade of bullets crash through the living room window of Virginia’s Beverly Hills house. The first shot hits Bugsy in the head, blowing his eye 15 feet from his body. Four more bullets, fired from a .30-06, crash into his body, breaking his ribs and tearing up his lungs. Bugsy Siegel is dead at age 42.
in the meantime in France, she has an affair with wealthy 21-year-old heir Nicholas Fouilette and denies any ties to Siegel
attempts suicide by an overdose in Paris. She fears that she may be marked for death, too, when details of Siegel’s diary are given to the press