- Virginia Cherrill
name = Virginia Cherrill
birthdate = birth date|1908|4|12
deathdate = death date and age|1996|11|14|1908|4|12
Santa Barbara, California
spouse = Irving Adler
George Child-Villiers (1937-1946)
Florian Martini (1948-1996)
yearsactive = 1931 - 1936
occupation = actress
Walk of Fame- Motion Picture
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Virginia Cherrill (
April 12, 1908- November 14, 1996) was an American actress best known for her role as the blind flower girl in Charlie Chaplin's " City Lights" (1931). Due to marrying an English earl in the 1940s, she is also known as Virginia Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.
Virginia Cherrill was born on a farm in rural
Carthage, Illinois, to James E. and Blanche ("née" Wilcox) Cherrill. She moved to Hollywood and met Charlie Chaplinwhen he sat next to her at a boxing match. He cast her in "City Lights" in which she gave the performance for which she is remembered, although her working relationship with Chaplin on the film was often strained. As indicated in the documentary " Unknown Chaplin", Cherrill was in fact fired from the film at one point and Chaplin planned to refilm all her scenes with Georgia Hale, but ultimately realized too much money had already been spent on the picture; as Cherrill recalls in the documentary, close friend Marion Daviessuggested Cherrill hold out for more money when Chaplin asked her to return to the film, and she did.
She appeared in a few other films subsequently, including the 1931
Gershwinmusical "Delicious" with Janet Gaynor, but gave up her movie career in 1936.
Cherrill married four times; her second husband was actor
Cary Grant(from 1934 to 1935), and her third was George Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey(from 1937 to 1946).
Her longest marriage was to Florian Martini, with whom she lived in
Santa Barbara, Californiafrom 1948 until her death at age 88; she had no children.
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