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Virginia Field

Virginia Field
Virginia Field in Waterloo Bridge trailer cropped.jpg
From the trailer for Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Born Margaret Cynthia Field
(1917-11-04)4 November 1917
London, England, UK
Died 2 January 1992(1992-01-02) (aged 74)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Years active 1922–1965
Spouse(s) Paul Douglas (1942–1946; divorced)
Howard Grode (1947–1948; divorced)
Willard Parker (1951–1992, her death)
Children 2

Virginia Field (born Margaret Cynthia Field, 4 November 1917 – 2 January 1992) was a British-born film actress.[1]

Early years

She was an only child,[2] born in London.[3] Her father, Sir John Field,[4] was the judge of Leicester County Court Circuit.[5] Her mother was a cousin of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and her aunt was British stage actress and director Auriol Lee.[citation needed]

She was educated in Paris, Vienna, and the South of France,[2] and then returned to England where she studied for the stage. In Vienna she acted for Max Reinhardt and on returning to Britain she was given her first film role in The Lady is Willing followed by a Hollywood contract.[citation needed]


Field went to the U.S. to appear in David O. Selznick's Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936). In the late 1930s she appeared in various parts in 20th Century Fox's Mr. Moto film series.


During the Perry Mason series on CBS between 1957–66, Field made six guest appearances. She played Irene Collaro in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Prodigal Parent." In both the 1960 episode, "The Case of the Provocative Protege", and the 1962 episode, "The Case of the Polka Dot Pony," she played the murderer. In the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Simple Simon," Field played the role of Mason's client and defendant Ramona Carver. She also appeared as Lotta Langley in an episode of the ABC series The Rebel, starring Nick Adams.

Field was a regular participant on Pantomime Quiz,[6]:808 and had the role of Josephine Dunning in the pilot for Meet the Girls, a comedy aired on CBS in August 1960.[6]


Field has a star at 1751 Vine Street, Los Angeles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dedicated February 8, 1960.[7]


Field married three times. Her spouses included actors Paul Douglas and Willard Parker. She and Douglas had a daughter, Margaret Field Douglas (born 1945).[8] In 1947, she married Howard Grode, a composer and musician.[9]


Field died of cancer January 2, 1992. Survivors included her husband, a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.[10] She was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea[11].



  1. ^ Virginia Field (1917–1992) profile, Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. Gale (2007); retrieved 13 December 2015 via HighBeam Research.
  2. ^ a b Woolpert, Kelly (September 2, 1936). "Bits of Gossip About Hollywood's Film Folk". The Vidette-Messenger. Indiana, Valparaiso. United Press. p. 4. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Hollywood Round-Up". The News-Herald. Pennsylvania, Franklin. United Press. August 26, 1938. p. 7. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "the Hollywood Roundup". The Times. Indiana, Hammond. United Press. November 9, 1936. p. 14. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Actress' Father Dies". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. Associated Press. December 12, 1949. p. 9. Retrieved May 10, 2016 – via open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. p. 678.
  7. ^ "Virginia Field". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Divorced Actress Wins Court Suit". The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah, Salt Lake City. Associated Press. November 29, 1960. p. 22. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Virginia Field Weds". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. Associated Press. April 7, 1947. p. 6. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Virginia Field, Actress In Films, Is Dead at 74". The New York Times. January 9, 1992. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  11. ^ Wilson, Scott (16 September 2016). "Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed". McFarland – via Google Books. 

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