~Virginia Bruce~

Born: September 29, 1910 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died: February 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, California, USA
~Biography~
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.

Biography by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
~Filmography~
Strangers When We Meet (1960) ... Mrs. Wagner

The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (1952 - 1957)
- The Connoisseur (1957) ... Ruth Crest
- So Many Things Happen (1952)
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) (1953 - 1956)
- Mildred Pierce (1956) ... Mildred Pierce
- Meet Jo Cathcart (1954) ... Jo Cathcart Archer
- Something to Live For (1953)
Studio 57 (TV Series) (1956)
- Out of Sight (1956) ... Maggie
- Who's Calling? (1956) ... Beth Breen
Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (1956)
- People in Glass (1956) ... Margaret Ames
Science Fiction Theatre (TV Series) (1955)
- Friend of a Raven (1955) ... Jean Gordon
- Dead Storage (1955) ... Dr. Myrna Griffin
The Loretta Young Show (TV Series) (1955)
- Week-End in Winnetka (1955) ... Dee Norman
Two Grooms for a Bride (1955) ... Laura Weeks
Istanbul (1954) ... Nurse
General Electric Theater (TV Series) (1953)
- Woman's World (1953) ... Adele
The Bigelow Theatre (TV Series) (1951)
- Wedding Anniversary (1951)
The Silver Theatre (TV Series) (1950)
- Wedding Anniversary (1950)

State Department: File 649 (1949) ...Marge
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) ... Jenny
Love, Honor and Goodbye (1945) ... Roberta Baxter
Brazil (1944) ... Nicky Henderson
Action in Arabia (1944) ... Yvonne Danesco
Careful, Soft Shoulders (1942) ... Connie Mathers
Pardon My Sarong (1942) ... Joan Marshall
Butch Minds the Baby (1942) ... Susie O'Neill
Adventure in Washington (1941) ... Jane Scott
The Invisible Woman (1940) ... Kitty Carroll
Hired Wife (1940) ... Phyllis Walden
The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940) ... Joan Reed
Flight Angels (1940) ... Mary Norvell

Stronger Than Desire (1939) ... Elizabeth Flagg
Society Lawyer (1939) ... Pat Abbott
Let Freedom Ring (1939) ... Maggie Adams
There's That Woman Again (1938) ... Sally Reardon
There Goes My Heart (1938) ... Joan Butterfield
Woman Against Woman (1938) ... Maris Kent
Yellow Jack (1938) ... Frances Blake
The First Hundred Years (1938) ... Lynn Conway
Arsène Lupin Returns (1938) ... Lorraine de Grissac
The Bad Man of Brimstone (1937) ... Loretta Douglas
Wife, Doctor and Nurse (1937) ... Steve aka Miss Stephens
Between Two Women (1937) ... Patricia Sloan
When Love Is Young (1937) ... Wanda Werner
Women of Glamour (1937) ... Gloria Hudson
Born to Dance (1936) ... Lucy James
The Great Ziegfeld (1936) ... Audrey Dane
The Garden Murder Case (1936) ... Zalia Graem
Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (Short) (1935) ... Virginia Bruce (uncredited)
Metropolitan (1935) ... Anne Merrill
Here Comes the Band (1935) ... Margaret Jones
The Murder Man (1935) ... Mary Shannon
Escapade (1935) ... Gerta
Let 'em Have It (1935) ... Eleanor Spencer
Times Square Lady (1935) ... Toni Bradley
Shadow of Doubt (1935) ... Trenna Plaice
Society Doctor (1935) ... Madge
The Mighty Barnum (1934) ... Jenny Lind
Dangerous Corner (1934) ... Ann Peel
Jane Eyre (1934) ... Jane Eyre
Kongo (1932) ... Ann Whitehall
A Scarlet Week-End (1932) ... Alma McGregor
Downstairs (1932) ... Anna, Albert's Wife
Winner Take All (1932) ... Joan Gibson
Sky Bride (1932) ... Ruth Dunning
The Miracle Man (1932) ... Margaret Thornton
Hell Divers (1931) ... Girl (scenes deleted)
Whoopee! (1930) ... Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Follow Thru (1930) ... Woman in Ladies' Locker Room (uncredited)
Let's Go Native (1930) ... Wendell Sr.'s Secretary (uncredited)
Raffles (1930) ... Gwen's Friend (uncredited)
The Social Lion (1930) ... Society Girl (uncredited)
Safety in Numbers (1930) ... Alma McGregor
Paramount on Parade (1930) ... Chorine
Young Eagles (1930) ... Florence Welford
Only the Brave (1930) ... Elizabeth
Slightly Scarlet (1930) ... Enid Corbett
Lilies of the Field (1930) ... Doris

Pointed Heels (1929) ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
The Love Parade (1929) ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Why Bring That Up? (1929) ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Woman Trap (1929) ... Nurse
Illusion (1929) ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hard to Get (1929) ... Young woman (uncredited)
Fashions in Love (uncredited) (1929)
The River of Romance (1929) ... Southern Belle (uncredited)
Blue Skies (1929) ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Fugitives (1929) ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lilies of the Field (1924) ... Doris