Virginia True Boardman

Virginia True Boardman (May 23, 1889 June 10, 1971) was an American actress of the silent era.

Virginia True Boardman
Boardman in Motion Picture Story Magazine (August 1913)
Margaret Shields

(1889-05-23)May 23, 1889
DiedJune 10, 1971(1971-06-10) (aged 82)
Years active1911-1936
Spouse(s)William True Boardman


Born Margaret Shields[1][2][3][4] in Fort Davis, Texas, Boardman began her theatrical career in 1906 as Virginia Eames (using her mother's surname) and went on to appear in 52 films between 1911 and 1936. Although her career started off strong, like many actresses of the silent film era she failed to make a successful transition to talking films, and by the mid-1930s her career was at its end for all practical purposes.

She was married to actor True Boardman until his death in 1918, with whom she had one child, True Eames Boardman, who after a brief acting career had a long career as a script writer for radio, film and television. He was also the grandfather of actress Lisa Gerritsen.[5]

She died in Hollywood, California, aged 82, from a heart attack.

Partial filmography


  1. Oregon Marriage Records (as Margaret Sheelds)
  2. 1910-1920 US Census Records
  3. Washington State Birth Records (True Boardman Jr.)
  4. California Death Index (Margaret S. Boardman - June 10, 1971)
  5. Post-Standard, (Syracuse, New York) August 5, 2003 | Page 74
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