Virginia True Boardman

Virginia True Boardman (born Margaret Shields,[1][2][3][4] May 23, 1889 – June 10, 1971) was an American actress of the silent era.

Virginia True Boardman
Mrs True Boardman.jpg
Boardman in Motion Picture Story Magazine (August 1913)
Margaret Shields

(1889-05-23)May 23, 1889
DiedJune 10, 1971(1971-06-10) (aged 82)
Years active1911-1936
Spouse(s)William True Boardman


Born in Fort Davis, Texas,[5] Boardman began her theatrical career in 1906 as Virginia Eames (using her mother's surname)[citation needed] and acted with the Streeter-Bryan company in 1908.[6]

She went on to appear in 52 films between 1911 and 1936. Although her career started off strong, like many actresses of the silent film era she failed to make a successful transition to talking films, and by the mid-1930s her career was at its end for all practical purposes.

On January 16, 1909, she married actor True Boardman,[7] and they remained wed until his death in 1918. The couple performed together in stock theater companies and in vaudeville.[7] They had one child, True Eames Boardman, who after a brief acting career had a long career as a script writer for radio, film and television. He was also the grandfather of actress Lisa Gerritsen.[8]

She died in Hollywood, California, aged 82, from a heart attack.[9]

Partial filmographyEdit

Lobby card featuring Boardman as the mother in Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight? (1922)
Boardman and Raymond McKee in A Blind Bargain (1922)


  1. ^ Oregon Marriage Records (as Margaret Sheelds)
  2. ^ 1910-1920 US Census Records
  3. ^ Washington State Birth Records (True Boardman Jr.)
  4. ^ California Death Index (Margaret S. Boardman - June 10, 1971)
  5. ^ Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 31. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "Miss Eames Leaves for California". The Evening Statesman. Washington, Walla Walla. March 27, 1908. p. 2. Retrieved August 15, 2020 – via
  7. ^ a b "Actors wed on Saturday". The World. Oregon, Coos Bay. January 18, 1909. p. 1. Retrieved August 15, 2020 – via
  8. ^ Post-Standard, (Syracuse, New York) August 5, 2003 | Page 74
  9. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (May 2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7864-5019-0. Retrieved August 15, 2020.

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