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 toured extensively on the stage throughout Europe and the United States, including opposite Vincent Price in Princess Turandot , a stage version of Giacomo Puccini’s opera. 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. In addition, she co-starred with Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932) and with Lana Turner in Portrait in Black. 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 has also made films in German and French. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with her final performance in 1943. Anna May travelled throughout Europe, and was one of the leads in the British film, Piccadilly (1929).

She continued acting but by this time was maturing, and as a teenager was less popular with audiences. Her first starring role was in The Toll of the Sea (1921). 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. Despite this discrimination, she had a number of significant film roles. 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. Even though Muni was to be wear heavy make up to look Asian, industry regulations prevented her from playing romantic roles opposite actors of different ethnicity. The film was a success and over the next few years Weidler was regularly employed by the studio, usually playing precocious tom-boys. When MGM was casting for the The Good Earth (1937), she was passed up for the lead female role of O-lan because Paul Muni, an actor of European descent, was to play Wang Lung, O-lan's husband.

Her first film for them was opposite their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is A Headache (1938). Her ethnicity prevented her from getting choice parts, especially romantic ones due to the Hays code anti-miscegenation rules. Neither studio made full use of her abilities, and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM. Her first role was in the silent film, The Red Lantern (1919) with Alla Nazimova, as an uncredited extra. Over the next few years she played minor roles in films for RKO and Paramount Studios. Born Wong Liu Tsong (黃柳霜, pinyin: Huáng Liǔshuāng) in Los Angeles, California, she began playing bit parts as a teenager. Born in Eagle Rock, California, Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933. Anna May Wong (January 3, 1905-February 3, 1961) was the first truly notable Chinese American Hollywood actress.

Virginia Weidler (March 21, 1926 – July 1, 1968) was an American child actor, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s. Portrait In Black (1960). Daughter of Shanghai (1937). Dangerous to Know (1937). A Study in Scarlet (1933).

Shanghai Express (1932) as Hui Fei. Piccadilly (1929)as Shosho. Peter Pan (1924) as Tiger Lily. The Thief of Baghdad (1924).

The Toll of the Sea (1921) as Lotus Flower. The Red Lantern (1919) uncredited.

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