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. and one for television at 1620 Vine Street. 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. Wyman has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for motion pictures at 6607 Hollywood Blvd. 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 gained fans of a new generation in the 1980s when she starred as the diabolical vintner Angela Channing in the nighttime soap opera Falcon Crest. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with her final performance in 1943. In the 1950s, she hosted a television anthology series, Jane Wyman Theater.

She continued acting but by this time was maturing, and as a teenager was less popular with audiences. She starred in The Glass Menagerie, Just for You, Let's Do It Again, The Blue Veil (another Oscar nomination), So Big, Magnificent Obsession (Oscar nomination), Lucy Gallant, All That Heaven Allows and Miracle in the Rain. 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 worked with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock on Stage Fright, with Frank Capra on Here Comes the Groom and with Michael Curtiz on The Story of Will Rogers. 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. The Oscar win gave her the ability to choose meatier roles, although she still showed a liking for musical comedy. 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 nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946 for The Yearling, and finally won the Oscar in 1948 for her role as the deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda.

Her first film for them was opposite their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is A Headache (1938). Wyman finally gained critical notice in the film noir The Lost Weekend. Neither studio made full use of her abilities, and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM. Michael was adopted during their marriage. Over the next few years she played minor roles in films for RKO and Paramount Studios. In the previous year, she had co-starred with Ronald Reagan in Brother Rat. The two were married in 1940, but divorced in 1948. They had two children; Maureen Reagan (1941-2001), and Michael Reagan (born March 18, 1945). Born in Eagle Rock, California, Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933. In 1939 she received her first starring role, in Torchy Plays With Dynamite.

Virginia Weidler (March 21, 1926 – July 1, 1968) was an American child actor, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s. In 1936, she was back in Hollywood, obtaining bit parts in My Man Godfrey and Cain and Mabel. The two moved back to Missouri, where Sarah Jane attended college, but in 1930 she began a radio singing career, calling herself Jane Durrell. When that was unsuccessful, she turned to her daughter as a surrogate, but neither was able to move Hollywood. In 1928, she and her mother moved to Southern California, where her mother, Le Jerne Pichelle, tried to start her own acting career.

Born Sarah Jane Mayfield in Saint Joseph, Missouri, she later took the name Sarah Jane Fulks in honor of the neighbor family who "unofficially adopted" her after her parents divorced. Jane Wyman (born January 4, 1914) is an American actress. 1947 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - The Yearling. 1949 - Won Best Actress in a Leading Role - Johnny Belinda.

1952 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - The Blue Veil. 1955 - Nominated Best Actress in a Leading Role - Magnificent Obsession.

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