Virginia Bruce

Actor
At one point, the delicate and lovely Virginia Bruce seemed poised for movie icon status, the culmination of a remarkable series of events that included bit parts in films during the late 1920s, a marriage to actor John ... Read more »
Born: 09/29/1910 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

Madame Wang's 1981 (Movie)

Madame Wang (Actor)

Strangers When We Meet 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Wagner (Actor)

There Goes My Heart 1937 (Movie)

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Born to Dance 1935 (Movie)

Lucy James (Actor)

The Great Ziegfeld 1935 (Movie)

Audrey Lane (Actor)

Downstairs 1931 (Movie)

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Are You Listening? (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Arsene Lupin Returns (Movie)

Lorraine de Crissac (Actor)

Blue Skies (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Escapade (Movie)

Gerta (Actor)

Hell Divers (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Hired Wife (Movie)

Phyllis Walden (Actor)

Illusion (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Let Freedom Ring (Movie)

Maggie Adams (Actor)

Let's Go Native (Movie)

Grandpa Wendell's Secretary (Actor)

Man Against Man (Movie)

Maris Kent (Actor)

Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Movie)

Jenny Courtland (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Pardon My Sarong (Movie)

Joan Marshall (Actor)

Raffles (Movie)

Blonde (Actor)

Slightly Scarlet (Movie)

Enid Corbett (Actor)

State Department File 649 (Movie)

Marge (Actor)

Stronger Than Desire (Movie)

Elizabeth Flagg (Actor)

The Bad Man of Brimstone (Movie)

Loretta Douglas (Actor)

The Garden Murder Case (Movie)

Zalia Graem (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Second Lady-in-Waiting (Actor)

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Movie)

Joan Reed (Actor)

The Miracle Man (Movie)

Margaret Thornton (Actor)

The Murder Man (Movie)

Mary Shannon (Actor)

The Wet Parade (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Whoopee! (Movie)

Showgirl (Actor)

Why Bring That Up? (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Wife, Doctor and Nurse (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

Winner Take All (Movie)

Joan Gibson (Actor)

Woman Trap (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Yellow Jack (Movie)

Frances Blake (Actor)

Biography

At one point, the delicate and lovely Virginia Bruce seemed poised for movie icon status, the culmination of a remarkable series of events that included bit parts in films during the late 1920s, a marriage to actor John Gilbert, and divorce followed by resumption of her screen acting career. Alas, many of the resulting movies were only of B-picture quality. However, Bruce did star in a few well-received films, though usually as the obstacle to true love. In the years immediately following her divorce, Bruce's films included the 1936 "Born to Dance," in which she played the rival to star Eleanor Powell. Meanwhile, in "The Great Ziegfeld," released in the same year, she played the ill-fated Audrey Dane, a would-be star brought down by alcohol abuse. Bruce continued to take on roles in films of all sorts through the 1940s, including romances and sci-fi pictures, although her best performances tended to be as mischievous and defiant women. In '38's "There Goes My Heart" starring Fredric March, she played an heiress who runs away from home and becomes an ordinary shop girl in New York City; and in the '40 "The Invisible Woman," her character uses an invisibility machine to exact revenge on others. The '42 comedy "Pardon My Sarong" is considered one of the best films featuring the duo of Abbott and Costello, but Bruce's film career would slow shortly afterward, and she would start appearing far more often on television than film beginning in the 1950s.

Relationships

J Walter Ruben

Companion

John Gilbert Actor

Husband

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