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Virginia Weidler photographs

 Collection — Folder: SP100
Identifier: SP100

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 black-and-white photographs of child actress Virginia Weidler during her visit to Indianapolis, Indiana for the world premiere of the film, Laddie, at the Circle Theater in March, 1935. One of the photographs was taken by P. M. Kirkpatrick. Two of the photographs show Weidler greeted by a crowd and posing. She appears to be doing school work in a dressing room in the third image.


  • 1935 March

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Virginia Weidler was a child and teenage actress who worked from 1931 to 1943, before retiring in 1945. She first appeared in Surrender (1931) and went on to act in over 40 films with such luminaries as Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Katharine Hepburn, Clark Gable and Bette Davis. Weidler may be most recognized from her role as the teenage sister of Hepburn's character in The Philadelphia Story. She was a rival and contemporary of Shirley Temple and, like many child actors, was unable to break into stardom as an adult.

She arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana on her 8th birthday on March 21, 1935 at Union Station where she was met by a band, press, police escort, and fans before leading a parade through downtown to the Lincoln Hotel. The next day Weidler attended the world premiere of her film, Laddie,, an adaptation of the Gene Stratton-Porter novel, at the Circle Theater.


"Circle to Be Closed Up to Time for Premiere of 'Laddie' Tonight." Indiaanpolis Star, March 22, 1935, 16.

"Virginia Weidler (1927-1968)." Accessed November 2, 2021.

"Virginia Weidler to Arrive This Afternoon, and It's Her Birthday." Indiaanpolis Star, March 21, 1935, 15.

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Fan Club." Carroll County Times (MD), January 21, 2017. Accessed November 2, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/02 by Brittany Kropf.
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.