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with Toto in a studio promotional photograph to celebrate Christmas 1939
|Born||Virginia Anna Adeleide Weidler
March 21, 1927
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
|Died||July 1, 1968
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Lionel Krisel (m. 1947–68) (her death); 2 children|
Early life and career
Weidler's father was Al Weidler. She had two sisters: Waldtraud (later known as Sylvia) and Verena, and three brothers: George, Werther (later known as Warner), and Wolfgang (later known as Walter),
She 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 later cast in larger roles. She was one of the all-female cast of the 1939 film The Women, as Norma Shearer's character'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,and after a string of box-office disappointments, her film career ended with the 1943 film Best Foot Forward. At her retirement from the screen at age 16, 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.
Virginia's 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.
On March 27, 1947, aged 20, Weidler married Lionel Krisel. They had two sons, Ron and Gary.
|1939||The Gulf Screen Guild Theater||Never In This World with Leslie Howard and Kay Francis, Episode 012|
|1946||Reader's Digest-Radio Edition||Do You Remember?|
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