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June 10, 1898
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||September 24, 1968
Palm Springs, California, U.S.
|Welwood Murray Cemetery, Palm Springs|
|Spouse(s)||George Lamson (1921–1926; divorce)
Charles Farrell (1931–1968) her death
Virginia Valli (June 10, 1898 – September 24, 1968) 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.
Born Virginia McSweeney in Chicago, Illinois, she got her acting start in Milwaukee with a stock company. She also did some film work with Essanay Studios in her hometown of Chicago, starting in 1916.
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 being seen after several decades of 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." She made the bulk of her films between 1924 and 1927 including Alfred Hitchcock's debut feature, The Pleasure Garden, 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. The production was made at a Long Island, New York studio.
Her first sound picture was The Isle of Lost Ships in 1929, but her film career would not last much longer due to declining fame. Unable to find a suitable studio, she quit films after making the quickie Night Life in Reno, in 1931.
- Sentimental Tommy (1921)
- The Shock (1923)
- Wild Oranges (1924)
- The Lady Who Lied (1925)
- The Pleasure Garden (1925)
- Evening Clothes (1927)
- East Side, West Side (1927)
- The Isle of Lost Ships (1929)
- The Lost Zeppelin (1929)
- 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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- Virginia Valli at Virtual History
- gallery of still photos from Virginia Valli films(Univ.of Wash, Sayre Collection)