Best known for her roles as the daughter of Norma Shearer‘s character in the 1939 film The Women and as the witty younger sister of Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story (1940).
Long Lost Father
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
The Big Broadcast of 1936
Trouble for Two
Girl of the Ozarks
The Big Broadcast of 1937
Maid of Salem
The Outcasts of Poker Flat
Souls at Sea
Love Is a Headache
Men with Wings
Mother Carey’s Chickens
Too Hot to Handle
Out West with the Hardys
The Great Man Votes
The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
The Rookie Cop
Outside These Walls
Bad Little Angel
Henry Goes Arizona
Young Tom Edison
Gold Rush Maisie
I’ll Wait for You
Babes on Broadway
Born to Sing
This Time for Keeps, aka Over the Waves
The Affairs of Martha
Best Foot Forward
Virginia Weidler was never nominated for an Academy Award.
Virginia Anna Adeleid Weidler was born March 21, 1927. She was the sixth and final child born to Alfred Weidler, an architect, and Margaret Weidler (born Margarete Therese Louise Radon; 1890-1987), a former opera singer. She was the second Weidler child born in the United States after the family emigrated from Germany in 1923.
Virginia Weidler made her first film appearance in 1931. Her first credited role was as Europena in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934) a role she won at age seven after having been seen in the play Autumn Crocus. Virginia made a big impression on audiences as the little girl who would “hold my breath ‘til I am black in the face” to get her way.
For the next several years, she would appear in many memorable films from George Stevens’ Laddie (1935) to a pivotal supporting role in Souls at Sea (1938) starring Gary Cooper and George Raft. Despite being under contract to Paramount, just as many of her roles of the period took place while on loan to RKO-Radio Pictures.
When Paramount did not extend her contract, she was signed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 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 the daughter of Norma Shearer‘s character.
Her next major success was The Philadelphia Story (1940) in which she played Dinah Lord, the witty younger sister of Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn). 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.
In addition to her parents, Virginia had three brothers and two sisters. Her brothers Warner (born Werner), Walter (born Wolfgang), and George were successful musicians after some child acting work, eventually owning their own recording studio. Her brother George was married to singer-actress Doris Day from 1946-49 (his first marriage, her second). Her sisters, Sylvia (born Waltraud) and Renee (born Verena), also were involved in show business prior to their marriages.
Her father turned his architectural skills into a career building miniature sets for 20th Century Fox.
On March 27, 1947, aged 20, Weidler married Lionel Krisel. They had two sons, Ron and Gary.
Weidler refused to be interviewed for the remainder of her life, living in private. She remained married to Krisel until her death at age 41 in Los Angeles from a lifelong heart ailment on July 1, 1968.
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