Virginia Field

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Virginia Field
Virginia Field in Waterloo Bridge trailer cropped.jpg
From the trailer for Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Born Margaret Cynthia Field
(1917-11-04)4 November 1917
London, England, UK
Died 2 January 1992(1992-01-02) (aged 74)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Years active 1922–1959
Spouse(s) Paul Douglas (1942–1946) (divorced) 1 child
Howard Grode (1947–1948) (divorced)
Willard Parker (1951–1992, her death)
Children Margaret Field Douglas (b. 1945)

Virginia Field (4 November 1917 – 2 January 1992) was a British-born film actress.[1]

She was born Margaret Cynthia Field in London. Her father was the judge of Leicester County Court Circuit. Her mother was a cousin of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and her aunt was British stage actress and director Auriol Lee.[citation needed] She was educated in Paris, France, and then returned to England where she studied for the stage. In Vienna she acted for Max Reinhardt and on returning to Britain she was given her first film role in The Lady is Willing followed by a Hollywood contract.[citation needed]

She went to the U.S. to appear in David O. Selznick's Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936). In the late 1930s she appeared in various parts in 20th Century Fox's Mr. Moto film series. During the long-running Perry Mason series on CBS between 1957-66, Field made six guest appearances. In both the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Provocative Protege", and the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Polka Dot Pony," she played the murderer. In the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Simple Simon," Field played the role of Mason's client and defendant Ramona Carver. She also appeared as Lotta Langley in an episode of the ABC series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.


Field married three times. Her spouses included actors Paul Douglas and Willard Parker. She and Douglas had a daughter, Margaret Field Douglas (born 1945). Field was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Cathedral City, California.

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  1. ^ Virginia Field (1917–1992) profile, Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale (2007); retrieved 13 December 2015 via HighBeam Research.

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