( Helen Virginia Briggs )

Born : 29th September, 1910 - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Died : 24th February, 1982 - Woodland Hills, California, USA

Married ;  1. John Gilbert

                 2. J.Walter Rubin

                 3. Ali Ipar





Hollywood - 1932


ON JUNE 1st, Cath Gardner and Max and Lillian Wardall arrived from New York City. Baba visited Metro Goldwyn Mayer Film Studios the same day and saw the actor Lewis Stone perform. Baba met Virginia Bruce and saw the sets of Mata Hari, which Greta Garbo had just finished starring in. They also met the director Josef Von Sternberg, who was directing Marlene Dietrich in The Blond Venus. Baba commented that he did not care much for Marlene Dietrich's role, but liked Von Sternberg as a person.


Lord Meher Volume 5, Page 1654

Courtesy of Lord Meher ; Vol.5, page 1655
Courtesy of Lord Meher ; Vol.5, page 1655

Baba met the actress on the 1st June, 1932 in Hollywood at the MGM Studios. The original photo is found below.

Recollections of Quentin Tod in Hollywood - 1932

Courtesy of The Awakener Magazine ; Vol.X11, Vol.3 - page 9
Courtesy of The Awakener Magazine ; Vol.X11, Vol.3 - page 9
Courtesy of Historic Images, TN
Courtesy of Historic Images, TN

In this photo John Gilbert was Virginia Bruce's fiancée and later, her husband. They both met Baba only a couple of months prior to this photo.

Baba met the actress on the 1st June, 1932 in Hollywood at the MGM Studios. The man on the right could be Adi K. Irani, who was accompaning Baba on his tour.

Virginia Bruce

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Virginia Bruce

from the trailer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Born Helen Virginia Briggs
September 29, 1910(1910-09-29)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died February 24, 1982 (aged 71)
Woodland Hills, California
Years active 1929-1981
Spouse(s) John Gilbert (1932–1934)
J. Walter Ruben (1937–1942)
Ali Ipar (1946–1951) (1952–1964)

Virginia Bruce (September 29, 1910 – February 24, 1982) was an American actress and singer.



Born Helen Virginia Briggs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bruce began her acting career in minor roles in Hollywood in 1929. In 1930 she appeared on Broadway in the musical Smiles, followed by America's Sweetheart in 1931.

Bruce returned to Hollywood in 1932, where she married John Gilbert, her co-star in the film Downstairs. She retired briefly after the birth of their daughter Susan Ann Gilbert. The couple divorced in 1934, and Virginia returned to a hectic schedule of film appearances. Gilbert died in 1936. That same year, Bruce introduced the Cole Porter standard "I've Got You Under My Skin" in the film Born to Dance and costarred in the MGM musical The Great Ziegfeld. One of her final film appearances was in the 1960s Strangers When We Meet. Her final film appearance was in Madame Wang's in 1981.

Personal life and death

Bruce married film director J. Walter Ruben in 1937, making the Wallace Beery western The Bad Man of Brimstone together that year, and they had a son named Christopher, but she was widowed in 1942. In 1946 she married Ali Ipar. They divorced in 1951 in order for him to receive a commission in the Turkish Military (which forbid promotions of men married to foreigners), but remarried in 1952. Bruce is the mother of actor Rick Dano with Royal Dano and Bruce is also the grandmother of Hutch Dano.[1]

Virginia Bruce died from cancer on February 24, 1982 in Woodland Hills, California.

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1929 Blue Skies Party guest Uncredited
The Love Parade
Lady-in-Waiting Uncredited
1930 Whoopee!
Goldwyn Girl Uncredited
Let's Go Native
Chorus Girl Uncredited
Follow Thru
Bit in Ladies Locker Room Uncredited
1931 Hell Divers
Girl Scenes deleted
1932 The Miracle Man
Margaret Thornton
Kongo Ann Whitehall
1934 Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre
The Mighty Barnum
Jenny Lind
1935 Shadow of Doubt Trenna Plaice
The Murder Man
Mary Shannon
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Audrey Dane
Born to Dance
Lucy James
1937 When Love Is Young Wanda Werner
The Bad Man of Brimstone
Loretta Douglas
1938 Arsène Lupin Returns Lorraine de Grissac
Yellow Jack
Frances Blake
There Goes My Heart Joan Butterfield
1939 Society Lawyer
Pat Abbott
Stronger Than Desire Elizabeth Flagg
1940 Flight Angels Mary Norvell
The Invisible Woman
Kitty Carroll
1941 Adventure in Washington Jane Scott Alternative title: Female Correspondent
1942 Pardon My Sarong
Joan Marshall
Careful, Soft Shoulder Connie Mathers
1944 Action in Arabia Yvonne Danesco
Brazil Nicky Henderson Alternative title: Stars and Guitars
1945 Love, Honor and Goodbye Roberta Baxter
1948 Night Has a Thousand Eyes
Jenny Courtland
1949 State Department: File 649 Margaret "Marge" Weldon Alternative title: Assignment in China
1954 Salgin Nurse Alternative titles: Epidemic
1955 Reluctant Bride
Laura Weeks Alternative title: Two Grooms for a Bride
1960 Strangers When We Meet
Mrs. Wagner
1981 Madame Wang's Madame Wang
Year Title Role Notes
1953 General Electric Theater
Adele 1 episode
1955 Letter to Loretta
Dee Norman 1 episode
Science Fiction Theatre
Dr. Myrna Griffin
Jean Gordon
2 episodes
1957 The Ford Television Theatre
Ruth Crest 1 episode