Virginia Clark

born: 08 September 1899
New York City, New York,
United States of America
died: 22 April 1977
Mount Sinai Hospital,
New York City, New York,
United States of America
(age 77)

Black-haired, gray-eyed American actress who had a brief film career in the 1910s before spending much of the next decade on the Broadway stage.
Virginia's parents were born Julia (née Tracy, c.1873-1946, born in Bengal, India to Irish parents) and New Yorker James E. Clark (c. 1865-1909), who married 27 September 1894 in New York City. She had one older sister, Beatrice (Clark) Edmunds (1896-1968). Virginia was educated at the Convent of Notre Dame in New York. She began her stage career on the Keith vaudeville circuit, eventually playing child and ingenue leads for Universal, Edison, Selznick, Kleine, etc. and playing in comedies with Billy West, Oliver Hardy and Jimmy Aubrey. She also acted on Broadway throughout the 1920s. One Broadway show she was in, JIM JAM JEMS (Oct 1920 - Jan 1921), also included names such as Joe E. Brown, Frank Fay, Harry Langdon and Ned Sparks in its cast.
In 1928, she married Aron Steuer (1898-1985), son of Max D. Steuer, a prominent criminal lawyer in New York; Aron himself became a New York state court judge. Virginia and Aron had three children: Max D. II (c. 1931), James Clark (c. 1934-1950) and Lynn (c. 1938). Tragically, 16-year old James hung himself from a tree outside Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where he was a sophomore student. After marrying Aron, her obituary notes, Virginia Clark Steuer "devoted much of her life to work in Roman Catholic charities." Husband Aron and remaining children Max and Lynn survived her when she passed.
In her 1917 and 1918 Motion Picture Studio Directory entries, she claims a birth place of Seattle, Washington, USA.

Height: 5'4"
Films listed on this page: 1 film with Babe Hardy.



The Hobo
Dolly, station agent's daughter

Acknowledgements: (birth record) (1900 Census, line 29) (1910 Census, line 9) (1920 Census, line 56) (1930 Census, line 11) (1940 Census, line 44) (1955 passenger list, line 12) (Social Security Death Index) (obituary, New York Times, 23 Apr 1977) (parents' marriage, 1894) (parents' marriage, 1894) (father James' death, 1909) (mother Julia's death, 1946) (sister Beatrice's death certificate, 1968) (1917 Motion Picture Studio Directory) (1918 Motion Picture Studio Directory) (New York Clipper, 18 Apr 1917) (Moving Picture World, 1 Dec 1917) (New York Clipper, 24 Apr 1918) (Moving Picture World, 4 May 1918) (Moving Picture World, 25 May 1918) (The Tatler, Dec 1920) (Tampa Bay Times, 20 May 1928) (Courier-News [Bridgewater, NJ], 21 May 1928) (Chicago Tribune, 22 May 1928) (Orlando Evening Star, 24 May 1928) (Argus-Leader [Sioux Falls, SD], 24 May 1928) (Berkshire Eagle, 1 May 1947) (North Adams Transcript, 12 May 1950 - son James' suicide) (Journal News [White Plains, NY], 31 Oct 1951) (Lincoln Star, 2 Jan 1968) (Pittsburgh Press, 18 Aug 1972) ("Serial Renters in New York City," New York Times, 28 Mar 2014) (Internet Broadway Database) (Playbill Vault) (“Jim Jam Jems” photo) (photo with Virginia and cat)
Jesse Brisson (all research)

This page was last updated on: 03 November 2017