Virginia Bruce Overview:

Legendary actress, Virginia Bruce, was born Helen Virginia Briggs on Sep 29, 1910 in Minneapolis, MN. Bruce died at the age of 71 on Feb 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles and was cremated and her ashes scattered in unknown location.


Ultra-blonde American actress, in quiet roles through the 1930s and early 1940s. The private life of this former Ziegfeld girl was less quiet; she married John Gilbert (1932-1934) in the years of his decline. Gilbert died two years after they parted, and her second husband, director J. Walter Ruben, died in 1942. Her third husband, Turkish director Ali Ipar, fell foul of his country's regime and was jailed for 18 months in 1960. They were later divorced.

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Bruce was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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By Annette Bochenek on Sep 3, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travels: was a popular star of the 1930s and enjoyed success as an actress and singer. She was born to Earl and Margaret Briggs. Though born Helen Virginia Briggs on September 29, 1909, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her family soon reloca... Read full article

Summer Under the Stars Guide:

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 25, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Today's star is blonde beauty . TCM is celebrating the career of with 15 movies on Aug. 25. Here's what you need to know about this beautiful actress who led an eventful life. FYI: TCM sometimes changes the air times and /or movies, so you can go to to c... Read full article

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on Aug 25, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

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By Greg Orypeck on Aug 22, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

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Virginia Bruce Quotes:

Kitty Carroll: It so happens that by profession I'm a model.
Richard Russell: What for, piano legs?
Kitty Carroll: Any time you have a piano with legs like mine, sonny, run, do not walk, to your nearest music store.

Richard Russell: Well, now where are you?
Kitty Carroll: At the end of the cigarette.

Joan Butterfield: Well, it was having so much that made me realize how little I really had. I'll never go back to having so little again as long as I live.

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Virginia Bruce Facts
After ex-husband John Gilbert died in 1936, she made 14 movies in 16 months.

Was one of the 20 original The Goldwyn Girls, along with Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard and Ann Sothern.

Failed seven screen tests for the lead in Red-Headed Woman (1932), which went to Jean Harlow.

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