March 2, 1913|
Crossville, Tennessee, U.S.
|Died||October 1, 1994
Austin, Texas, U.S.
|Years active||1936 – 1952|
|Spouse(s)||Don Briggs (1943-?) (2 children)|
|Children||Joel and Leigh|
Early life, entrance into acting
Born in Crossville, Tennessee, she attended the University of Kentucky, and later the Indiana University, with interests in music. Weaver began her acting career as a stage actress in the early 1930s, and also worked as a model during that period, as well as a singer. She received her first film role, uncredited, in 1934. From 1936 through 1945 she would receive steady acting roles. She began receiving credited roles in larger productions, and starred opposite Ricardo Cortez in the 1937 film The Californian, and that same year she starred opposite Tyrone Power in Second Honeymoon.
Career peak years
From 1938 through 1945 she had twenty seven starring roles in films, some of which were B movies. The most notable film role was her role in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939), which also starred Henry Fonda and Alice Brady. Some of her more recognizable roles from that seven-year period included a role in the Michael Shayne mystery series opposite Lloyd Nolan, and her role in Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise. In 1945, she starred opposite Robert Lowery in Fashion Model, which would be her last role of any consequence. She had four minor roles in 1952, after which she retired from acting.
She had married businessman Don Briggs in 1943, with whom she would have a son and a daughter, Joel and Leigh. She and her husband opened a business in Los Angeles, which they operated until retirement, at which time they moved to Austin, Texas, where she died of a heart attack on October 1, 1994, aged 81.
- China Clipper (1936)
- King of Burlesque (1936)
- Second Honeymoon (1937)
- This Is My Affair (1937)
- Kentucky Moonshine (1938)
- I'll Give a Million (1938)
- Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
- Murder Over New York (1940)
- Charlie Chan's Murder Cruise (1940)
- The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944) serial
- Pardon My Rhythm (1944)
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