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Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer.

Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1928, she moved with her family to Los Angeles intending to enroll in the University of California, Los Angeles 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 on August 10, 1932, 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in Strangers When We Meet.

In 1949, Bruce starred in a daily 30-minute radio drama. Make Believe Town was an afternoon program on CBS.

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. Together they had a son named Christopher (b. 1941), before Ruben's death in 1942. In 1946, Bruce 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 before divorcing again in 1964.

Bruce died of cancer on February 24, 1982, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She was 71.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer.

Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1928, she moved with her family to Los Angeles intending to enroll in the University of California, Los Angeles 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 on August 10, 1932, 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 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in Strangers When We Meet.

In 1949, Bruce starred in a daily 30-minute radio drama. Make Believe Town was an afternoon program on CBS.

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. Together they had a son named Christopher (b. 1941), before Ruben's death in 1942. In 1946, Bruce 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 before divorcing again in 1964.

Bruce died of cancer on February 24, 1982, at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. She was 71.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 76

Birthday 1910-09-29

Day of Death 1982-02-24

Place of Birth Minneapolis - Minnesota - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Complicated Women as Herself (archive footage)
1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life as (archive footage)
1974 That's Entertainment! as (archive footage)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1960 Strangers When We Meet as Mrs. Wagner
1955 Matinee Theater (1 episode)
1955 The Reluctant Bride
1954 The Plague as Nurse
1953 Letter to Loretta (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1950 Lux Video Theatre (3 episodes)
1949 State Department: File 649 as Marge
1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes as Jenny Courtland
1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye as Roberta Baxter
1944 Brazil as Nicky Henderson
1944 Action in Arabia as Yvonne Danesco
1942 Careful, Soft Shoulders as Connie Mathers
1942 Pardon My Sarong as Joan Marshall
1942 Butch Minds the Baby as Susie O'Neill
1941 Adventure in Washington as Jane Scott
1940 The Invisible Woman as Kitty Carroll
1940 Hired Wife as Phyllis Walden
1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards as Herself
1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much as Joan Reed
1940 Flight Angels as Mary Norvell
1939 Stronger Than Desire as Elizabeth Flagg
1939 Hollywood Hobbies as Herself
1939 Society Lawyer as Pat Abbott
1939 Let Freedom Ring as Maggie Adams
1938 There's That Woman Again as Sally Reardon
1938 There Goes My Heart as Joan Butterfield
1938 Hollywood Goes to Town
1938 Woman Against Woman as Maris Kent
1938 Yellow Jack as Frances Blake
1938 The First Hundred Years as Lynn Conway
1938 Arsene Lupin Returns as Lorraine de Grissac
1937 The Bad Man of Brimstone as Loretta Douglas
1937 Wife, Doctor and Nurse as Nurse Stephens
1937 Between Two Women as Patricia Sloan
1937 When Love Is Young as Wanda Werner
1937 Women of Glamour as Gloria Hudson
1936 Born to Dance as Lucy James
1936 The Great Ziegfeld as Audrey Dane
1936 The Garden Murder Case as Zalia Graem
1935 A Dream Comes True as Herself (uncredited)
1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle as Virginia Bruce (uncredited)
1935 Metropolitan as Anne Merrill
1935 Here Comes the Band as Margaret
1935 The Murder Man as Mary Shannon
1935 Escapade as Gerta
1935 Let 'em Have It as Eleanor Spencer
1935 Times Square Lady as Toni Bradley
1935 Shadow of Doubt as Trenna
1935 Society Doctor as Madge
1934 The Mighty Barnum as Jenny Lind
1934 Dangerous Corner as Ann Beale
1934 Jane Eyre as Jane Eyre
1932 A Scarlet Week-End as Alma McGregor
1932 Kongo as Ann
1932 Downstairs as Anna
1932 Winner Take All as Joan Gibson
1932 Sky Bride as Ruth Dunning
1932 The Miracle Man as Margaret Thornton
1930 Whoopee! as Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
1930 Follow Thru as Woman in Ladies' Locker Room (uncredited)
1930 Let's Go Native as Wendell Sr.'s Secretary (uncredited)
1930 Raffles as Gwen's Friend (uncredited)
1930 The Social Lion as Society Girl
1930 Safety in Numbers as Alma McGregor
1930 Paramount on Parade as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1930 Young Eagles as Florence Welford
1930 Slightly Scarlet as Enid Corbett
1929 Pointed Heels as Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1929 The Love Parade as Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
1929 Woman Trap as Nurse
1929 River of Romance as Southern Belle

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