Virginia Anna Adelaide Weidler
March, 21, 1927 - July 1, 1968
Such a face!
Happy Birthday to an Old Friend
One of the first Birthdays of the Week that ever occurred to me to post was in honor of Virginia Weidler, perhaps the most natural, funniest, most well-adjusted child actor of all. She made more than 40 pictures before the age of 16, made a brief attempt to transition to more adult roles, but decided ultimately to move on with her life.
Ginny left Hollywood in 1947, married naval officer Lionel Krisel, with whom she had two sons, Gary (a Disney executive) and Ronnie (a commercial photographer), and never looked back. She led a private, happy family life until her untimely death of a heart attack at age 41.
I shall point you to the excellent Virginia Weidler Remembrance Society for details of her life and career and for suggestions on how to celebrate what would have been Ms. Weidler's 86th birthday.
Let's all hope ginnyfan hurries up and writes her biography already, so we can find out when she fit in a childhood bout of rheumatic fever around all those movies (see heart attack, above).
I don't know about you, but I think I'll watch The Under Pup on Friday.
Ginny Sings "Lydia the Tatooed Lady" in Philadelphia Story
Ginny the Autograph Hound in The Youngest Profession