Both were character actresses, given a chance to break through to stardom, but somehow didn’t. Perhaps neither had the drive or ambition needed to hit it big.
Virginia Weidler, was a child star (photo above top) best known for films such as The Women and The Philadelphia Story. In the first she supported the lead as the sweet daughter, in the second as the sassy and savvy sister.
As a teenager (below) she was given the leads in a few films but didn’t click and soon happily retired. The Weidler’s were a show business family. Her brother George was a musician and the second husband (1946 to 1949) of Doris Day.
When she retired at 16 she had made over 40 films. And she stayed in retirement, married with two children, until her untimely death at of a heart attack at only 41.
Virginia Grey (top, below) was also a child actor but never a star. Her father Ray Grey was a director in the silent era. She left movies to get an education and returned to become an ingenue at MGM.
Although she was a fine actress, she mostly played in B films. Everyone knew she was the off again/on again girlfriend of the studio’s top male star, Clark Gable. Their affair lasted for years and through several of his marriages.
Grey’s career too lasted for years. She was also great friends with Lana Turner and later with Ross Hunter and both saw to it that Virginia worked in their films. She, like Weidler, is also in the MGM all starrer, The Women. Look for her as Joan Crawford’s co worker at the perfume counter. And another of her films you shouldn’t miss is The Rose Tattoo.
Grey (the mature version above) worked in films and on TV through the 1970s. She died at 87 at the Motion Picture Country Home in 2004.