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Virginia Bruce

From Wikipedia Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer. Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she moved with her family to Los Angeles intending to enrol in the University of California when a friendly wager sent her seeking film work. She got it as an extra in Why Bring That Up?. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway in the musical Smiles, followed by America's Sweetheart in 1931. She returned to Hollywood in 1932, where she married John Gilbert, her co-star in the film Downstairs. She retired briefly after the birth of their daughter Susan Ann Gilbert. The couple divorced in 1934, and Virginia returned to a hectic schedule of film appearances. Gilbert died two years later in 1936. Bruce introduced the Cole Porter standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" in the film Born to Dance and co-starred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in Strangers When We Meet. Bruce married her second husband, film director J. Walter Ruben, in 1937, making the Wallace Beery western The Bad Man of Brimstone with him that year, and they had a son named Christopher, but she was widowed in 1942. In 1946 she married Ali Ipar. They divorced in 1951 in order for him to receive a commission in the Turkish Military (which forbade promotions of men married to foreigners), but remarried in 1952, divorcing again in 1964. Virginia Bruce died of cancer on February 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, California.

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Sep 29, 1910 In Minneapolis - Minnesota - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie River of Romance 1929-06-28
Latest Project:
Movie Complicated Women 2003-05-06
Known For
Poster of Society Lawyer
Poster of Let 'em Have It
Poster of Shadow of Doubt
Poster of River of Romance
Movie Complicated Women Herself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Movie Madame Wang's Madame Wang 1981-01-01
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie Strangers When We Meet Mrs. Wagner 1960-06-29
Movie The Reluctant Bride Laura Weeks 1955-08-01
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie The Plague Nurse 1954-01-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie State Department: File 649 Marge 1949-02-11
Movie Night Has a Thousand Eyes Jenny Courtland 1948-10-13
Movie Love, Honor and Goodbye Roberta Baxter 1945-09-15
Movie Action in Arabia Yvonne Danesco 1944-02-18
Movie Brazil Nicky Henderson 1944-11-30
Movie Pardon My Sarong Joan Marshall 1942-08-07
Movie Butch Minds the Baby Susie O'Neill 1942-03-20
Movie Careful, Soft Shoulders Connie Mathers 1942-09-18
Movie Adventure in Washington Jane Scott 1941-05-29
Movie Flight Angels Mary Norvell 1940-05-18
Movie The Man Who Talked Too Much Joan Reed 1940-07-16
Movie Hired Wife Phyllis Walden 1940-09-13
Movie Cavalcade of the Academy Awards Herself 1940-07-31
Movie The Invisible Woman Kitty Carroll 1940-12-27
Movie Let Freedom Ring Maggie Adams 1939-02-24
Movie Society Lawyer Pat Abbott 1939-03-21
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Herself 1939-05-03
Movie Stronger Than Desire Elizabeth Flagg 1939-06-30
Movie The First Hundred Years Lynn Conway 1938-03-12
Movie Arsène Lupin Returns Lorraine de Grissac 1938-02-25
Movie Yellow Jack Frances Blake 1938-05-19
Movie Woman Against Woman Maris Kent 1938-06-24
Movie There's That Woman Again Sally Reardon 1938-12-24
Movie There Goes My Heart Joan Butterfield 1938-10-14
Movie Hollywood Goes to Town 1938-07-07
Movie Women of Glamour Gloria Hudson 1937-03-09
Movie When Love Is Young Wanda Werner 1937-03-26
Movie Wife, Doctor and Nurse Nurse Stephens 1937-09-17
Movie The Bad Man of Brimstone Loretta Douglas 1937-12-31
Movie Between Two Women Patricia Sloan 1937-07-09
Movie The Garden Murder Case Zalia Graem 1936-02-21
Movie The Great Ziegfeld Audrey Dane 1936-04-08
Movie Times Square Lady Toni Bradley 1935-03-08
Movie Shadow of Doubt Trenna 1935-02-15
Movie Society Doctor Madge 1935-01-25
Movie Let 'em Have It Eleanor Spencer 1935-05-15
Movie Escapade Gerta 1935-07-05
Movie Pirate Party on Catalina Isle Virginia Bruce (uncredited) 1935-11-20
Movie A Dream Comes True Herself (uncredited) 1935-12-31
Movie Metropolitan Anne Merrill 1935-10-17
Movie Here Comes the Band Margaret 1935-08-30
Movie The Murder Man Mary Shannon 1935-07-12
Movie Jane Eyre Jane Eyre 1934-08-15
Movie The Mighty Barnum Jenny Lind 1934-12-23
Movie Dangerous Corner Ann Beale 1934-12-04
Movie Sky Bride Ruth Dunning 1932-04-19
Movie Winner Take All Joan Gibson 1932-07-16
Movie The Miracle Man Margaret Thornton 1932-04-01
Movie A Scarlet Week-End Alma McGregor 1932-11-30
Movie Downstairs Anna 1932-08-06
Movie Kongo Ann 1932-10-01
Movie Paramount on Parade Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1930-04-22
Movie Young Eagles Florence Welford 1930-03-20
Movie The Love Parade Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited) 1930-01-18
Movie Slightly Scarlet Enid Corbett 1930-02-22
Movie Safety in Numbers Alma McGregor 1930-05-30
Movie Whoopee! Goldwyn Girl (uncredited) 1930-10-05
Movie The Social Lion Society Girl 1930-06-21
Movie Follow Thru Woman in Ladies' Locker Room (uncredited) 1930-09-26
Movie Let's Go Native Wendell Sr.'s Secretary (uncredited) 1930-08-15
Movie Raffles Gwen's Friend (uncredited) 1930-07-24
Movie River of Romance Southern Belle 1929-06-28
Movie Pointed Heels Chorus Girl (uncredited) 1929-12-20
Movie Woman Trap Nurse 1929-09-28
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