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  1. I love photo combos like this. Ones of the same place, in this case, 60 years apart. BTW, YouTube has a surprising number of films to watch this year. Lindsay has been nice enough to let us have a couple of photos of the adult Virginia to round out the collection.
  2. Long time no me... Today is Virginia Weidler's birthday. Danny Miller and son Charles made their annual pilgrimage to a Weidler-Krisel property to celebrate the occasion. Virginia and her husband Lionel owned several houses and rental units in the Los Angeles area. She generally served as manager for the rentals. Danny Miller:
  3. She worked with Mickey four times. They had good on screen chemistry. I often say that Virginia was Mickey, but wanted to grow up to be Judy.
  4. The Virginia Weidler Remembrance Society had a wonderful and exciting 90th birthday celebration for Virginia. The biggest moment was that two of Virginia's grandchildren Jon Krisel and Lindsay Krisel-Rock have come forward to give us their blessing. Lindsay even accepted the proclamation on behalf of her family and told us that her father Ron, Virginia's older son, was touched by how much Virginia is still loved. Most important to me, Lindsay told us that the family really gets a kick out of our VWRS tradition of eating cottage cheese while watching her films. We based it on a Big Little Book from 1935 saying cottage cheese was Virginia's favorite food. I thought that was a creation of a publicist, but it turns out to be true! Lindsay tells us her father said Virginia liked to eat potato chips using cottage cheese instead of dip. Cottage cheese is something the entire family enjoys! Now the important part, a photo of Lindsay Krisel-Rock with the proclamation. She later told Danny Miller, our Hollywood eyes and ears, that Ron was very moved by the document and can't wait to show it to his younger brother, Gary. Since Danny was actually the one doing the presenting, I'm on the East Coast, here's his thoughts:
  5. The Virginia Weidler Remembrance Society received the completed proclamation from the City of Los Angeles declaring March 21 a "Celebration of Virginia Weidler." We are pretty excited. I've attached photos of my VWRS co-manager Danny Miller with the proclamation as well as photos of the text and signatures. We plan to offer it to the family. If they don't take it, I have a bare spot on my wall.
  6. The only problem is, sadly, she has no star. By the time the Walk started Virginia had already withdrawn from any connection to Hollywood.
  7. Hi everyone, Long time, no post. I got a little busy with both a project and with life outside of films. The project went well. The City of Los Angeles has declared March 21, 2017 to be...A CELEBRATION OF VIRGINIA WEIDLER. The date corresponds with what would have been her 90th birthday. The Society is pretty excited. There are no formal events or anything, but the proclamation will be nice and we hope that one of her descendants may wish to have it. I do encourage anyone who feels the need to watch a film of hers that day, or a clip on YouTube and remember her. Here's the wording of the proclamation: ________________________________________ A Proclamation WHEREAS, born in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California to recent immigrants Alfred and Margaret Weidler on March 21, 1927, Virginia Weidler rose to stardom by appearing in motion pictures from the age of four and became known for being Hollywood's first true child character actor; and WHEREAS, Virginia Weidler made her lasting mark by appearing in classic films such as The Women, All This, and Heaven Too, Young Tom Edison, and perhaps most memorably The Philadelphia Story while more than holding her own in scenes with the true greats of her time, including Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Charles Boyer, Norma Shearer, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Gary Cooper and John Barrymore; and WHEREAS, the afore mentioned John Barrymore, after working with Virginia, identified her as “Hollywood's Greatest Actress”; and WHEREAS, Virginia Weidler further proved her mettle as a lead actress in films such as Girl Of The Ozarks, Bad Little Angel, and Born To Sing; and WHEREAS, Virginia Weidler was voted Juvenile Actress of the year for 1940 by the motion picture exhibitors; and WHEREAS, Virginia and her older brothers and sisters entertained Americans for decades on stage, screen, radio, television and recordings; and WHEREAS, as she matured after a successful motion picture career, Virginia sought to display her talents on the stage, on radio, and finally on television before retiring to a private life as a wife and mother; and WHEREAS, Virginia Weidler showed great patriotism and devotion to her country through her work with the child actor's group, the Junior Division for Defense Savings, her volunteer work at the Hollywood Canteen, her appearances throughout the country to promote War Bonds, her visits to entertain the troops in places like Camp Reynolds and Camp Clipper, her radio and film appearances on behalf of the United States government and, later, as a selfless and devoted Navy wife; and WHEREAS, Virginia Weidler was consistently remembered by her colleagues in the industry as one of the nicest people they ever met and as someone who was helpful to others in both personal and professional circumstances; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that by the adoption of this resolution by the City Council of the City of Los Angeles that Virginia Weidler is recognized for her career accomplishments as well as her contributions to her country, her city, and to all who knew her and that March 21, 2017 is designated as A Celebration of Virginia Weidler. ______________________________________ Finally, we got into print today. Not a big paper, but it is owned by the Baltimore Sun. http://www.carrollcountytimes.com/news/eldersburg/ph-cc-virginia-weidler-society-20170120-story.html#nt=oft03a-14la1
  8. The story goes that Norman Taurog discovered Virginia when she was appearing in the play AUTUMN CROCUS at the El Capitan in Los Angeles. Virginia had already been in films, but the parts were all of the "seen and not heard" variety. Taurog then tested her for and cast her in MRS. WIGGS OF THE CABBAGE PATCH. Paramount would sign her long term after that film. A Danny Miller find.
  9. Mickey on Ginny! I was still trying in vain to get in touch with Mickey Rooney at the time of his death. Fortunately, he did talk about working with Virginia. VWRS West Coast Chief Danny Miller looked over THE ESSENTIAL MICKEY ROONEY By James L. Neibaur yesterday.
  10. This is a repost because I stupidly broke a rule the first time. First, I thank Top Billed for the wonderful interview in his thread and for thinking my project is worth talking about. Second, I want you to know that cinephiled.com's Danny Miller spent a day with classic child actor Marilyn Knowlden and when he puts up his entire article, I'll link to it. Now for a big plan in which I need YOUR help. Virginia's 90th birthday takes place on March 21, 2017 and I think it is time that someone other than the poor little VWRS takes note of it. Of course, I will once again ask TCM to show a movie for her birthday and host the celebration myself if they don't come through. But that just isn't enough. We need something bigger. That is why I took the initiative, on behalf of the Society, to write letters to two members of the Los Angeles City Council-Jose Huizar, who represents Eagle Rock and Mike Ronin, who represents Brentwood-to ask for some sort of proclamation from the city about Virginia on the 90th anniversary of her birth. I've also contacted a very helpful member of the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council to see if they might assist. He asked for more information and said he needed to watch some of her films, a good sign. Now this is where you come in. Do you live in Los Angeles? If so, how about writing a letter to your councilmember supporting this idea? You can mention the letters I've already written and ask them to help. I am attaching a copy of one of my letters so you know what I told the councilmembers. Don't live in Los Angeles? Wait until I've heard from either Mr. Huizar or Mr. Ronin before joining in with the City Council contact. I don't want them to feel overwhelmed. Instead, if you belong to a film society or organization, or maybe you write a film blog, would you consider talking this up a bit? The more allies we have, the better. It would be wonderful to see some Hollywood groups step up, but I admit to having no contacts there. Finally, try to picture Virginia up there accepting her award on her day! If we can do this, I'm sure she will be doing just that somewhere. Feel free to help, but if not thank you for reading.
  11. Thank you to Top Billed for a wonderful interview and thank you to Hep Classic and Nick and Nora 34 for remembering me. I guess I should start visiting again. I have a new crazy idea I'm trying if anyone wants to help: getting the City of Los Angeles to recognize Virginia in some manner for what would have been her 90th birthday, March 21, 2017. The details are here. TB, I hope you don't mind my linking to my post.
  12. Gee, every time I post here I'm shocked at the amount of time since my last post. Today was Virginia Weidler's birthday. As usual, The Virginia Weidler Remembrance Society watched Ginny films, ate cottage cheese, and had an all around good time. The fact that there was a Ginny film on Watch TCM was a help to many members, I think. The most important tradition, though, is the annual road trip taken by young Charlie Miller and his father Danny (of cinephiled.com) to a house in which Virginia lived. This year, they went to Virginia's last home, designed by her brother-in-law William Krisel, a very well known architect whose work is studied in classrooms today. Here's Danny's account: Every year my son Charlie and I go to one of Virginia Weidler's homes in and around Los Angeles to pay tribute to the actress on her birthday. Last year we visited the Eagle Rock home where the Weidlers lived when Virginia was born. This morning we went to what was Ginny's home for the final 10 years of her life. Designed and built in 1959 by master architect William Krisel for his brother and sister-in-law, Lionel and Virginia, this gorgeous Mid-Century Modern house in Brentwood is in pristine condition today, and in spectacular surroundings at the end of a Hollywood Hills cul-de-sac in the shadow of the $1.3 billion Getty Center (which opened in 1997). The Krisels sold this home in 1975, seven years after Ginny's passing. Charlie enjoyed his annual birthday cottage cheese (Virginia's favorite snack) before we left instead of during our visit (I was a little worried about any questions from the Brentwood Police!) and we also shared a piece of birthday cake in Virginia's honor at one of of our favorite breakfast spots. Here's to you, Ginny!
  13. Gee, and I thought I had done alright by getting to near 2000 posts! Congrats!
  14. Whenever Sanders is in a film, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be entertained.
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