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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 April 1908Carthage, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 14 November 1996Santa Barbara, California, USA
Birth NameDollie Virginia Cherrill
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 their marriage in 1933. At one time, lived in England as the wife of the Earl of Jersey. Finally settled happily in Santa Barbara.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <anthony-adam@tamu.edu>

Spouse (4)

Florian Kazimierz Martini (12 April 1948 - 14 November 1996) (her death)
George Francis Child-Villiers, Earl of Jersey (30 July 1937 - 30 July 1946) (divorced)
Cary Grant (9 February 1934 - 26 March 1935) (divorced)
Irving Adler (June 1926 - 1927) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Best remembered as the blind girl selling flowers in Charles Chaplin's City Lights (1931).
Through her third marriage she became stepmother of the father of William Villiers and aunt of the mother of Bart Ruspoli.
In her 1935 divorce from actor Cary Grant, she received $50,000, which was equivalent to 50% of his community property at the time.
Close friend and former classmate of Sue Carol at Kemper Hall in Wisconsin.
She did not give many interviews after her retirement from films. Her only extensive recorded interview was with filmmakers Kevin Brownlow and ;David Gill' for their documentary Unknown Chaplin (1983). Film historian Jeffrey Vance interviewed her extensively in her last years and quotes her in the book "Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema" (2003) and in the audio commentary track to the Criterion Collection edition DVD/Blu-ray of City Lights (1931).

Personal Quotes (2)

[When asked why her film career ended] I was no great shakes as an actress.
[on rumors that her second husband Cary Grant and his roommate Randolph Scott were gay] Cary was crazy about women. Randolph Scott was no more gay than Cary was. And he was so handsome, he had women falling all over him. It's not like you read in the books. They lived in the same house and they got on well, but they didn't necessarily lead the same lives. They had different friends.

Salary (1)

City Lights (1931) $150 /week

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