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Virginia Bruce

Highest Rated:   100% Whoopee (1930)
Lowest Rated:   65% The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 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 Arsene Lupin Returns
  • Lorraine de Grissac
1938
No Score Yet Born to Dance
  • Lucy James
1936
No Score Yet The Garden Murder Case
  • Zalia Graem
1936
65% 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 Let 'em Have It
  • Eleanor Spencer
1935
No Score Yet Jane Eyre
  • Jane Eyre
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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