Virginia Valli

Virginia Valli (January 18, 1895[1] – September 24, 1968)[2] was an American stage and film actress whose motion picture career started in the silent film era and lasted until the beginning of the sound film era of the 1930s.

Virginia Valli
Valli, c. 1920
Virginia McSweeney

(1895-01-18)January 18, 1895
DiedSeptember 24, 1968(1968-09-24) (aged 73)
Resting placeWelwood Murray Cemetery, Palm Springs
Years active1916-1931 (film)
Spouse(s)George Lamson (1921–1926; divorce)
Charles Farrell (1931–1968) her death

Early life

Born Virginia McSweeney[3] in Chicago, Illinois, she got her acting start in Milwaukee with a stock company. She also did some film work with Essanay Studios in her hometown of Chicago, starting in 1916.

Film career

Valli continued to appear in films throughout the 1920s. She was an established star at the Universal studio by the mid-1920s. In 1924 she was the female lead in King Vidor's southern gothic Wild Oranges, a film now being seen after several decades of film vault obscurity. She also appeared in the romantic comedy, Every Woman's Life, about "the man she could have married, the man she should have married and the man she DID marry." She made the bulk of her films between 1924 and 1927 including Alfred Hitchcock's debut feature, The Pleasure Garden (1925), Paid to Love (1927), with William Powell, and Evening Clothes (1927), which featured Adolphe Menjou. In 1925 Valli performed in The Man Who Found Himself with Thomas Meighan. The production was made at a Long Island, New York studio.

Her first sound picture was The Isle of Lost Ships in 1929, but her film career would not last much longer due to declining fame. Unable to find a suitable studio, she quit films after making the quickie Night Life in Reno, in 1931.

Personal life

Valli was first married to George Lamson and the two shared a small bungalow in Hollywood, in close proximity to the Hollywood Hotel.

In 1931, she married her second husband, actor Charles Farrell,[4] to whom she remained married until her death. They moved to Palm Springs, where she was a social fixture for many years.

She suffered a stroke in 1966, and died two years later, aged 73, in Palm Springs, California. She was buried in the Welwood Murray Cemetery of that city.[5] She had no children.



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  2. Palm Springs Cemetery District "Interments of Interest"
  3. Room, Adrian (2012). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 488. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. "Recently a Bride". Detroit Free Press. Michigan, Detroit. March 1, 1931. p. Part 4 - Page 1. Retrieved March 8, 2018 via
  5. Virginia Valli Farrell at Find a Grave
  • Elyria, Ohio Chronicle Telegram, Virginia Valli, ex-actress, dies, September 25, 1968, p. 40.
  • Madison, Wisconsin Capitol Times, Borne On The Wings Of The Storm Valli – Latest Star On The Movie Horizon, Saturday Afternoon, September 16, 1922, p. 4.
  • Oakland, California Tribune, Virginia Valli Starts Work In Eastern Studio, June 21, 1925, p. 75.
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