Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Virginia Valli, acting career started in the silent film era and lasted until the beginning of the sound film era of the 1930s. Born Virginia McSweeney in Chicago, Illinois, she got her acting start in Milwaukee with a stock company. She also did some film work with Essanay Studios in her hometown of Chicago, starting in 1916.
Valli would continue to appear in films throughout the 1920s. She also would be an established star at the Universal studio by the mid-1920s. Most of her films would be between 1924 and 1927. In 1925 Valli performed in The Man Who Found Himself, Paid To Love (1927) and Evening Clothes (1927). Her first sound picture was The Isle of Lost Ships in 1929. she retired after making her 58th film, Night Life in Reno(1931). That same year she married handsome leading man Charles Farrell and became the "first lady" of Palm Springs, CA.


For over three decades she ran "The Raquet Club," in Palm Springs, which opened on Christmas Day in 1934.

Studied dancing in her early years.

Husband Charles Farrell served as mayor of Palm Springs from 1948 until 1954.


  1. Dawn, I love the lovely photos you posted of Virginia Valli. Her husband Charles Farrell was so handsome. I would love to write a blog on one of his films. Farrell was a very popular leading man during the late silent era and early talkies. I am going to search for some of his films to see which ones are available.

  2. Silent, i will be looking forward to learn more about Charles Farrell.


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