Virginia Bruce

Virginia Bruce

Show Count: 28
Series Count: 0
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: September 29, 1910
Old Time Radio, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S
Died: February 24, 1982, Woodland Hills, California

Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer.


Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she went with her family to Los Angeles intending to enroll in the University of Californiawhen a friendly wager sent her seeking film work. She got it as an extra in Why Bring That Up?. She was also in the Ziegfeld Follies. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway in the musical Smiles, followed by America's Sweetheart in 1931.

Bruce returned to Hollywood in 1932, where she married John Gilbert, her co-star in the film Downstairs. She retired briefly after the birth of their daughter Susan Ann Gilbert. The couple divorced in 1934, and Virginia returned to a hectic schedule of film appearances. Gilbert died in 1936. That same year, Bruce introduced the Cole Porter standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" in the film Born to Dance and costarred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in the 1960s Strangers When We Meet. Her final film appearance was in Madame Wang's in 1981.

Personal life and death

Bruce married film director J. Walter Ruben in 1937, making the Wallace Beery western The Bad Man of Brimstone with him that year, and they had a son named Christopher, but she was widowed in 1942. In 1946 she married Ali Ipar. They divorced in 1951 in order for him to receive a commission in the Turkish Military (which forbade promotions of men married to foreigners), but remarried in 1952. Her great-grandson is actor Hutch Dano.

Virginia Bruce died of cancer on February 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Broadcast: 28th January 1945
Added: Jan 28 2005
Broadcast: March 28, 1949
Added: Mar 03 2020
Broadcast: 16th September 1943
Starring: Virginia Bruce
Added: Sep 03 2004
Broadcast: 8th December 1941
Added: Dec 11 2006
Broadcast: January 14, 1946
Added: Mar 25 2019
Broadcast: 22nd May 1947
Added: Sep 05 2008
Broadcast: 27th January 1944
Added: Jan 27 2006
Broadcast: October 11, 1943
Added: Jul 01 2014
Broadcast: 22nd January 1945
Added: Feb 14 2011
Broadcast: 4th January 1937
Added: Apr 22 2013
Broadcast: May 5, 1948
Added: May 13 2007
Broadcast: 19th October 1942
Added: Oct 19 2008
Broadcast: 26th October 1944
Starring: Virginia Bruce
Added: Oct 25 2005
Broadcast: 17th July 1946
Added: Jul 07 2005
Broadcast: February 24, 1949
Added: Feb 18 2017
Broadcast: 26th February 1940
Added: Feb 09 2008
Broadcast: 1st March 1943
Added: Feb 25 2013
Broadcast: 5th January 1939
Starring: Virginia Bruce
Added: Jan 01 2009
Broadcast: 9th July 1946
Starring: Virginia Bruce
Added: Mar 12 2011