Virginia Valli

Virginia Valli (January 18, 1895[citation needed] – September 24, 1968)[1] was an American stage and film actress whose motion picture career started in the silent film era and lasted until the beginning of the sound film era of the 1930s.

Virginia Valli
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Valli, c. 1920
Born
Virginia McSweeney

(1895-01-18)January 18, 1895
DiedSeptember 24, 1968(1968-09-24) (aged 73)
Resting placeWelwood Murray Cemetery, Palm Springs
Years active1916-1931 (film)
Spouse(s)
George Lamson
(m. 1921; div. 1926)

(m. 1931)

Early lifeEdit

Born Virginia McSweeney[2] in Chicago, Illinois, she got her acting start in Milwaukee with a stock company. She also did some film work with Essanay Studios in Chicago, starting in 1916.

Film careerEdit

Valli continued to appear in films throughout the 1920s. She was an established star at the Universal studio by the mid-1920s. In 1924 she was the female lead in King Vidor's southern gothic Wild Oranges, a film now recovered from film vault obscurity. She also appeared in the romantic comedy, Every Woman's Life, about "the man she could have married, the man she should have married and the man she DID marry."[citation needed] Most of her films were made between 1924 and 1927, and included Alfred Hitchcock's debut feature, The Pleasure Garden (1925), Paid to Love (1927), with William Powell, and Evening Clothes (1927), which featured Adolphe Menjou. In 1925 Valli performed in The Man Who Found Himself with Thomas Meighan.[citation needed]

Her first sound picture was The Isle of Lost Ships with Jason Robards Sr. and Noah Beery Sr. in 1929. Her last film was in Night Life in Reno, in 1931.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Valli was first married to George Lamson and the two shared a bungalow in Hollywood, near the Hollywood Hotel.[citation needed]

In 1931, she married her second husband, actor Charles Farrell.[3] They moved to Palm Springs, where she was a social fixture for many years.[citation needed]

She suffered a stroke in 1966, and died two years later, aged 73, in Palm Springs. She was buried in the Welwood Murray Cemetery of that city.[citation needed] She had no children.

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  2. ^ Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins (5th ed.). McFarland. p. 488. ISBN 978-0786457632. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Recently a Bride". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, MI. March 1, 1931. p. 4–1. Retrieved March 8, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.  
Bibliography
  • Elyria, Ohio Chronicle Telegram, Virginia Valli, ex-actress, dies, September 25, 1968, p. 40.
  • Madison, Wisconsin Capitol Times, Borne On The Wings Of The Storm Valli – Latest Star On The Movie Horizon, Saturday Afternoon, September 16, 1922, p. 4.
  • Oakland, California Tribune, Virginia Valli Starts Work In Eastern Studio, June 21, 1925, p. 75.

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