Virginia Weidler

Virginia Weidler (March 21, 1926 – July 1, 1968) was an American child actor, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s.

Born in Eagle Rock, California, Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933. Over the next few years she played minor roles in films for RKO and Paramount Studios. Neither studio made full use of her abilities, and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM.

Her first film for them was opposite their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is A Headache (1938). The film was a success and over the next few years Weidler was regularly employed by the studio, usually playing precocious tom-boys. She was one of the all-female cast of The Women (1939), as Norma Shearer's daughter, a role that was uncharacteristically sentimental for her.

Her next major success, and the film for which she is perhaps best remembered was The Philadelphia Story (1941) in which she played the wise-cracking younger sister of Katharine Hepburn. She continued acting but by this time was maturing, and as a teenager was less popular with audiences. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with her final performance in 1943. By her retirment at the age of 17 she had appeared in more than forty films, and had acted with some of the biggest stars of her era, including Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Too Hot to Handle (1938), Bette Davis in All This and Heaven Too (1940), and Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway (1941), but she was not able to make continue her success as an actor into adulthood.

She married after her retirement and distanced herself from her Hollywood career, and for the rest of her life politely refused any requests for interviews. She died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, after suffering the effects of heart disease for several years.


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She died of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California, after suffering the effects of heart disease for several years. Amsterdam died of a fatal heart attack in Los Angeles at the age of 87. She married after her retirement and distanced herself from her Hollywood career, and for the rest of her life politely refused any requests for interviews. Amsterdam's most famous role may have been as comedy writer Buddy Sorrell on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1962-1966), a role suggested for him by his friend Rose Marie, who also appeared on the show. By her retirment at the age of 17 she had appeared in more than forty films, and had acted with some of the biggest stars of her era, including Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Too Hot to Handle (1938), Bette Davis in All This and Heaven Too (1940), and Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway (1941), but she was not able to make continue her success as an actor into adulthood. Among his guests was a song and dance man named Art Carney. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with her final performance in 1943. Beginning in 1948, he appeared on the radio show "Stop Me If You've Heard This One" and began hosting his own television show, "The Morey Amsterdam Show." The latter was replaced in 1950 by a variety and talk show called Broadway Open House, television's first late-night entertainment show, on the DuMont Television Network.

She continued acting but by this time was maturing, and as a teenager was less popular with audiences. During the 1930s, Amsterdam hosted a radio show and also wrote songs, including "Why Oh Why Did I Ever Leave Wyoming" and "Rum and Coca-Cola." By 1947, he was performing on three daily radio shows. Her next major success, and the film for which she is perhaps best remembered was The Philadelphia Story (1941) in which she played the wise-cracking younger sister of Katharine Hepburn. His enormous repertoire and ability to come up with a joke on any subject earned him the nickname "The Human Joke Machine.". She was one of the all-female cast of The Women (1939), as Norma Shearer's daughter, a role that was uncharacteristically sentimental for her. After being caught in a gun fight, Amsterdam moved to California and sought work writing jokes. The film was a success and over the next few years Weidler was regularly employed by the studio, usually playing precocious tom-boys. By 1924, he was working in a speakeasy operated by Al Capone.

Her first film for them was opposite their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is A Headache (1938). He was also a cellist, a skill which he used throughout his career. Neither studio made full use of her abilities, and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM. Born in Chicago, he began working in Vaudeville in 1922 as the straight man for his brother's jokes. Over the next few years she played minor roles in films for RKO and Paramount Studios. Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 - October 28, 1996) was a veteran television actor and comedian, renowned for his large, ready supply of jokes. Born in Eagle Rock, California, Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933.

Virginia Weidler (March 21, 1926 – July 1, 1968) was an American child actor, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s.

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