She attended Roland Park Country School and then the prestigious Radcliffe College and Barnard College (Columbia University), where she studied French, Italian and German. She wanted to finish her studies in Europe so with help from her parents, she traveled the continent and studied in France, Germany, Austria and Poland. 
Virginia Hall served as a Consular Service clerk at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland in 1931. In 1932, Virginia accidentally shot herself in the left leg while hunting in Turkey. The leg was later amputated from the knee down, and replaced with a wooden appendage which caused her to later resign from the Department of State in 1939.
The onset of World War II found Hall in Paris. She joined the Ambulance Service before the fall of France and ended up in Vichy-controlled territory when the fighting stopped in the summer of 1940. When the Germans suddenly seized all of France in November 1942, Hall barely escaped to Spain.
August 1941, Hall made her way to London and volunteered for Britain's newly formed Special Operations Executive (SOE), which sent her back to Vichy, France.  She spent the next 15 months there, helping to coordinate the activities of the French Underground in Vichy and the occupied zone of France. At the time she had the cover of a correspondent for the New York Post.
For her efforts in France, General William Joseph Donovan in September 1945, personally awarded Hall a Distinguished Service Cross — the only one awarded to a civilian woman in World War II. President Truman wanted a public award of the medal; however Hall demurred, stating she was "Still operational and most anxious to get busy." She was made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), and she was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palme by France. She was honoured again for her courageous work in 2006, on the 100th anniversary of her birth, by the French and British ambassadors in Washington. Hall was posthumously inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame in 2019.
In 1950, Hall married OSS agent Paul Goillot. In 1951, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency working as an intelligence analyst on French parliamentary affairs. She worked alongside her husband as part of the Special Activities Division.
Hall retired in 1966 to a farm in Barnesville, Maryland.
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