Virginia Anna Adelaide Weidler (March 21, 1927 - July 1, 1968) was an American child actress, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s.
Early life and career:
Virginia Weidler made her first film appearance in 1933. Over the next few years, she was cast in minor roles for RKO and Paramount Pictures. Neither studio made more extensive use of her and when Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by MGM in 1938. Her first film for MGM was with their leading male star Mickey Rooney in Love Is a Headache (1938). The film was a success and Weidler was now cast in larger roles, most often as precocious tom-boys. She was one of the all-female cast of the 1939 film The Women, as Norma Shearer's daughter.
Her next major success was The Philadelphia Story (1940) in which she played Dinah Lord, the witty younger sister of Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn). As a teenager she was less popular with audiences. After a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with the 1943 film Best Foot Forward. At her retirement by age 17, she had appeared in more than forty films, and had acted with some of the biggest stars of the day, including Clark Gable and Myrna Loy in Too Hot to Handle, Bette Davis in All This and Heaven Too and Judy Garland in Babes on Broadway.
On March 27, 1947, Weidler married Lionel Krisel. They had two sons, Ronnie and Gary. Ron is a commercial photographer. Gary had a long career with Disney that began in 1972. He moved up in executive positions, notably as the initial President of Disney Television Animation, a division created in 1984.
Her older brother, saxophonist George Weidler, (1926-1989) was married to Doris Day from March 1946 to May 1949. Prior to her birth, Weidler's German-born father, Alfred Weidler, (1886-1966) had been an architect in Hamburg, Germany, but moved the family to Los Angeles in 1923 and went on to become a model builder with 20th Century Fox. Her mother, Margaret (née Meyer), had been an opera singer in Germany under the stage name Margaret Louise Therese. One of her brothers-in-law, William Krisel (born 1925), is an influential modernist architect in Southern California.
Weidler refused to be interviewed for the remainder of her life, living in private. She remained married to Krisel until her death on July 1, 1968, when she suffered a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 41.
Surrender (uncredited, 1931),
After Tonight (uncredited, 1933),
Long Lost Father (uncredited, 1934),
Stamboul Quest (uncredited, 1934),
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934),
The Big Broadcast of 1936 (1935),
Peter Ibbetson (1935),
Timothy's Quest (1936),
Trouble for Two (1936),
Girl of the Ozarks (1936),
The Big Broadcast of 1937 (1936),
Maid of Salem (1937),
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937),
Souls at Sea (1937),
Love Is a Headache (1938),
Scandal Street (1938),
Men with Wings (1938),
Mother Carey's Chickens (1938),
Too Hot to Handle (1938),
Out West with the Hardys (1938),
The Great Man Votes (1939),
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939),
Fixer Dugan (1939),
The Rookie Cop (1939),
Outside These Walls (1939),
The Women (1939),
The Under-Pup (1939),
Bad Little Angel (1939),
Henry Goes Arizona (1939),
Young Tom Edison (1940),
All This and Heaven Too (1940),
Gold Rush Maisie (1940),
The Philadelphia Story (1940),
Keeping Company (1940),
Barnacle Bill (1941),
I'll Wait for You (1941),
Babes on Broadway (1941),
Born to Sing (1942),
This Time for Keeps, aka Over the Waves (1942),
The Affairs of Martha (1942),
The Youngest Profession (1943),
Best Foot Forward (1943)