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Virginia Cherrill (1908–1996)

Actress in US and UK films of the early 1930s. Born on a farm, Cherrill was discovered by Charles Chaplin while sitting beside him at a boxing match in Los Angeles; he introduced himself at intermission and hired her for her debut in City Lights (1931). She met husband Cary Grant at the premiere of Blonde Venus (1932) and stopped working after ... See full bio »

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City Lights
City Lights A Blind Girl
White Heat
White Heat Lucille Cheney
Girls Demand Excitement
Troubled Waters
Troubled Waters June Elkhardt


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 1936 Troubled Waters
June Elkhardt
 1935 Late Extra
Janet Graham
 1935 What Price Crime
Sandra Worthington (as Virginia Cherril)
 1934 Money Mad
 1934 White Heat
Lucille Cheney
 1933 Ladies Must Love
Bill's Society Fiancee
 1933 Charlie Chan's Greatest Case
Barbara Winterslip
 1933 He Couldn't Take It
Eleanor Rogers
 1933 The Nuisance
Miss Rutherford
 1933 Fast Workers
 1931 Delicious
Diana Van Bergh
 1931 The Brat
 1931 Girls Demand Excitement
Joan Madison
 1928 The Air Circus
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 1983 Unknown Chaplin (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- The Great Director (1983) ... Herself
 1934 Hollywood on Parade No. B-1 (Short)
Herself (uncredited)
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 2004 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
- Cary Grant: A Class Apart (2004) ... Herself
 1993 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Herself - Grant's First Wife
- Cary Grant: Hollywood's Leading Man (1993) ... Herself - Grant's First Wife
 1992 Chaplin
A Blind Girl (uncredited)

Personal Details

Other Works:

stage comedy "Uneasily to Bed" at Glasgow Alhambra in Great Britain

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Virginia Cherril | Virginia Cherrill Martini


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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[When asked why her film career ended] I was no great shakes as an actress. See more »


Through her third marriage she became stepmother of the father of William Villiers and aunt of the mother of Bart Ruspoli. See more »

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