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. She is a supporter of AFC Wimbledon. 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. Their daughter, Suzy Aitchison, is also an actress. 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 was married to husband Tim Aitchison for 45 years until his death in 2001. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with her final performance in 1943. June was awarded with an OBE in 1985 for services to her profession and a CBE for similar reasons 13 years later.

She continued acting but by this time was maturing, and as a teenager was less popular with audiences. She has also appeared as the housekeeper on Friends and was acclaimed for her performance as Miss Marple on BBC Radio 4. 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. In more recent times, she was personally sought out by writer Jennifer Saunders for her sitcom Absolutely Fabulous to play lead character Edina's mother. 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. A minor parody of this title was concoted by Julian Clary for his Channel 4 sitcom Terry And Julian, and June was recruited to play a role in this. The film was a success and over the next few years Weidler was regularly employed by the studio, usually playing precocious tom-boys. She is best known, however, for playing the wifely half of a partnership with Terry Scott in BBC sitcom Terry And June, which initially began under the title Happy Ever After and ran from 1974 until 1988 (though the surnames for the couple were changed for the relaunch of the new title).

Her first film for them was opposite their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is A Headache (1938). June is one of the few surviving stars of the Carry On films, appearing in four of the movies. Neither studio made full use of her abilities, and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM. She was in the BBC radio series Take It From Here as Eth, Ron Glum's fiancee; and is a long-standing participant in the topical series The News Huddlines with Roy Hudd. Over the next few years she played minor roles in films for RKO and Paramount Studios. Mainly known for comic roles, June starred in many radio comedies in her early career, playing opposite male comedians, such as Frankie Howerd and Tony Hancock. Born in Eagle Rock, California, Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933. June Whitfield (born London, November 11, 1925) is a highly-respected veteran British actress who has worked constantly for more than 50 years.

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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