Virgilia Chew (1905 - 1987)

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Virgilia Chew
1905 - 1987
July 9, 1905
Houston, Harris County, Texas, United States
July 23, 1987
Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, 07631, United States
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Virgilia Rebecca Chew
Virgilia Chew of Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey was born on July 9, 1905 in Houston, Harris County, Texas United States, and died at age 82 years old on July 23, 1987 in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. Virgilia Chew was buried at Glenwood Cemetery St, in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Updated: November 13, 2021
Biography ID: 12965551

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Virgilia's father was Joseph Harper Chew, 1881-1950. Her mother was Rebecca Dismuches Donelson, 1881-1953.

In the 1910 census, Virgilia was 4, living on MacReine St in Houston, with her mother. They were living with Virgilia's grandparents (her mother's parents), her mother's two brothers, and 3 servants. Virgilia's grandfather was the president of a bank and her mother's brothe Joseph was an exporter of cotton.

In the 1920 census, Virgilia was 14 and living on Cleburn St in Houston with her parents and 26 year old servant, Mary Jirkoffsky. She was attending school and her father had a wholesale grocery.

In the 1940 census, Virgilia was living alone and single. She was living in Chicago and had previously lived in New York. She was 34 years old and single and said that she was an actress in the theater.

Virgilia was an actress who appeared in the movies A Cry of Players (1968), King Lear (1968), Yerma (1966), Blue Denim (1958), Orpheus Descending (1957), and The Women (1936). She also acted on Broadway.
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Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey 07631
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July 9, 1905
Houston, Harris County, Texas United States
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US citizen - born in Texas, lived in Illinois and New York.


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Actor Known for The Fugitive Kind (1960), East Side/West Side (1963) and The United States Steel Hour (1953).

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July 23, 1987
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Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey 07631, United States
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Glenwood Cemetery St, in Houston, Harris County, Texas 77007, United States
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Virgilia Chew passed away at age 82 years old on July 23, 1987 in Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, and was buried at Glenwood Cemetery St, in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Virgilia Chew of Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey was born on July 9, 1905 in Houston, Harris County, Texas United States.

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Virgilia Chew lived 10 years longer than the average Chew family member when they died at the age of 82.
The average age of a Chew family member is 72.

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In 1905, in the year that Virgilia Chew was born, acclaimed dancer Isadora Duncan established the first school of modern dance in Berlin Germany. Isadora Duncan, born in San Francisco California, dedicated herself to the creation of beauty - through dance. Her focus on the movement of the human body rather than formal kinds of dance helped to give rise to the modern dance movement.

In 1923, Virgilia was 18 years old when on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died in office, apparently of a heart attack. He was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco after completing a nationwide tour. Suffering from cramps, indigestion, a fever and shortness of breath, his doctor thought he had food poisoning. After several days of being ill, he suddenly shuddered, slumped over, and died. There were rumors of foul play (some thought that his wife had poisoned him because of his affairs) but no evidence has ever been found.

In 1936, this person was 31 years old when on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1940, this person was 35 years old when on July 27th, the cartoon character Bugs Bunny debuted in his first film A Wild Hare - voiced by Mel Blanc. He has since appeared in more short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, comic books, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, and commercials than any other cartoon character. He even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "What's up, Doc?"

In 1987, in the year of Virgilia Chew's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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