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 Virginia Rappe

Virginia Rappe

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 9 Sep 1921 (aged 26)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Section 8, lot 257
Memorial ID 854 · View Source
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Actress. Subject of Hollywood scandal. Born in New York in 1895 to a part-time chorus girl Mabel Rapp and an unknown father. It's not clear as to when she added the "e" to her last name but it was under that name she became a successful commercial model in Chicago department stores. At the time of her death, Virginia was best known as the face on the sheet music cover of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," a popular song of that time. Virginia won an award as "Best Dressed Girl in Pictures" but unfortunately she was better known within the Hollywood community as something else. At this point in time she came to know Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle who had worked at Keystone with her fiance Henry Lehrman. She, along with Maude Delmont and Al Semnacher went to a party thrown by Arbuckle on Labor Day 1921. By Friday of that week, Virginia had died in the hospital and Arbuckle was charged with her murder. The first two trials ended in hung juries, Roscoe was finally acquitted in March 1922 in the third trial. He was acquitted with an unprecedented apology from the jury. No one ever really knew what happened that day in 1921. All that is for sure is that Virginia died in a hospital on the Friday after of the injuries she suffered at that party.

Bio by: Marta Monk


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 854
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Virginia Rappe (7 Jul 1895–9 Sep 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 854, citing Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .