Our Nov. 13 blog about Two Forgotten Virginias — Virginia Wiedler and Virginia Grey — drew this response from faithful reader Patricia Nolan-Hall:
Maybe you could dig up something on Virginia Field just for me?
But wait, Patricia, how about Virginia Bruce too?
Neither woman was a major star, although each had interesting careers.
Field (pictured at the very top) played the other woman in many top films. She started her career in her native England, then came to Hollywood to work in Little Lord Fauntleroy for David O. Selznick. Her most interesting films include Dream Girl, Waterloo Bridge, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and one of Joe’s all time favorites, Repeat Performance.
She was briefly married to actor Paul Douglas, with whom she had a daughter, Margaret.
Virginia Bruce (pictured immediately above) was also briefly married to a famous actor, John Gilbert, with whom she had a daughter, Susan.
Bruce’s career, in the early 30s, was a bit more successful than Fields’. Her best year was 1936 when she appeared in The Great Ziegfeld, (as the other woman), and introduced the Cole Porter song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” in Born to Dance.