Virginia Bruce

Virginia Bruce

  • Highest Rated: 100% Whoopee (1930)
  • Lowest Rated: 62% The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  • Birthday: Sep 29, 1910
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • The daughter of a golf-champion mother and insurance broker father, American actress Virginia Bruce entered films as a bit player and chorus dancer; she's easily recognizable as one of Jeanette MacDonald's ladies in waiting in The Love Parade (1929) and as a "Goldwyn Girl" (along with Betty Grable) in Whoopee (1931). The size of her roles increased in the early 1930s while at MGM, and in 1934 she was awarded her first major lead on loan-out to Monogram in the title role of Jane Eyre (1934), which costarred Colin Clive. Though this version of Jane Eyre would be eclipsed by the Joan Fontaine-Orson Welles remake in 1943, Ms. Bruce was charming and efficient as Charlotte Bronte's indomitable heroine. In 1936, Bruce played a character based on Marilyn Miller in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and as such was center of attention in the unforgettable "A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody" production number. As it often happened with actresses, Ms. Bruce was given fewer good Hollywood opportunities as she got older. She made the most of her title role in The Invisible Woman (1941), carrying virtually her entire part in this sci-fi satire with only her voice, and she gamely withstood third billing to Abbott and Costello in Pardon My Sarong (1942); but it was clear that her starring days were numbered. Bruce enjoyed solid secondary parts in such films as Night Has 1000 Eyes (1948), and was quite effective as Kim Novak's mother in her last film, Strangers When We Meet (1960). Ms. Bruce made a few enjoyable talk-show and stage appearances in the 1960s, but all but disappeared from the scene in the 1970s. Married three times, Virginia Bruce's first husband was silent screen idol John Gilbert, with whom she costarred in Downstairs (1932), an obscure but lively melodrama for which Gilbert had written the screenplay.

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No Score Yet Strangers When We Meet Mrs. Wagner 1960
No Score Yet State Department---File 649 Margaret 'Marge' Weldon 1948
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes Jenny Courtland 1948
No Score Yet Action in Arabia Yvonne Danesco 1944
No Score Yet Pardon My Sarong Joan Marshall 1942
No Score Yet The Invisible Woman Kitty Carroll 1940
No Score Yet Flight Angels Actor 1940
No Score Yet There's That Woman Again Sally Reardon 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet Let Freedom Ring Maggie Adams 1939
No Score Yet There Goes My Heart Joan Butterfield 1938
No Score Yet Woman Against Woman Maris Kent 1938
No Score Yet The First Hundred Years Lynn Claymore Conway 1938
No Score Yet Arsene Lupin Returns Lorraine de Grissac 1938
No Score Yet Yellow Jack Frances Blake 1938
No Score Yet Bad Man of Brimstone Loretta Douglas 1938
No Score Yet When Love Is Young Wanda Werner 1937
No Score Yet Between Two Women Patricia 'Patty' / Pat Sloan 1937
No Score Yet Wife, Doctor and Nurse Steve 1937
No Score Yet Born to Dance Lucy James 1936
No Score Yet The Garden Murder Case Zalia Graem 1936
62% The Great Ziegfeld Audrey Lane 1936
No Score Yet Metropolitan Anne Merrill 1935
No Score Yet Here Comes the Band Margaret Wallace 1935
No Score Yet The Murder Man Mary Shannon 1935
No Score Yet Let 'em Have It Eleanor Spencer 1935
No Score Yet Times Square Lady Toni Bradley 1935
No Score Yet Jane Eyre Jane Eyre 1934
No Score Yet The Mighty Barnum Jenny Lind 1934
No Score Yet The Kid from Spain 'Goldwyn Girl' 1932
No Score Yet Kongo Ann Whitehall 1932
No Score Yet Are You Listening? Bit Part 1932
No Score Yet The Wet Parade Bit Part 1932
No Score Yet Downstairs Actor 1932
100% Whoopee Goldwyn Girl 1930
No Score Yet Raffles Blonde 1930
No Score Yet Safety in Numbers Alma McGregor 1930
No Score Yet Lilies of the Field Doris 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest 1930
100% The Love Parade Second Lady-in-Waiting 1929


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