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Virginia Rappe, around 1920

Virginia Rappe (actually Virginia Caroline Rapp , born  July 7, 1895 in New York City , †  September 9, 1921 in San Francisco , California ) was an American silent film actress . She was involved in eleven silent films, including His Wedding Night by Roscoe Arbuckle .


She was the daughter of Mabel Rapp and an unknown father. When her mother died, she was only eleven years old. She then lived with relatives in Chicago for a while and began working as a model for department stores when she was sixteen. Eventually she went to California and did odd jobs at Keystone Studios . She made her first film experiences as an extra until she directed the romantic comedy Paradise Garden in 1917 under the direction of Fred J. Balshofer . Her film partners included Harold Lockwood , Vera Sisson and William Clifford . Eight more films followed by 1921.

She died of peritonitis after a party hosted by Arbuckle. Her fiancé, director Henry Lehrman , blamed Arbuckle for this and for Rappe's death. The investigations into the circumstances of her death, along with the media hype that sparked off, went down in film history as the Arbuckle scandal and brought about the end of Arbuckle's career in the film industry. She was buried in Hollywood Forever Cemetery .


  • 1917: Paradise Garden
  • 1918: Wild Women and Tame Lions (short film)
  • 1919: His Musical Sneeze (short film)
  • 1920: A Twilight Baby (short film)
  • 1920: To Adventuress
  • 1920: The Kick in High Life (short film)
  • 1920: Wet and Warmer (short film)
  • 1921: The Punch of the Irish (short film)
  • 1921: A Game Lady (short film)


Web links

Commons : Virginia Rappe  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. According to the information on the tombstone at Find a grave .
  2. ^ Rudolf Ulrich: Austrians in Hollywood. New edition. Filmarchiv Austria Verlag, Vienna 2004, ISBN 3-901932-29-1 , p. 288.