Born on a farm, Cherrill was discovered by Charles Chaplin while sitting beside him at a boxing match in Los Angeles; he introduced himself at intermission and hired her for her debut in City Lights (1931).
They were divorced 26th March 1935.
Cary's explanation was, "We were married February 9th, 1934 at Caxton Hall, a London registry office, amid a flurry of photographers, newsmen and serio-comic adventures. We separated seven months later. I doubt if either of us was capable of relaxing sufficiently to trust the happiness we might have had. My possessiveness and fear of losing Virginia brought about the very condition I feared: the loss of her."
Did You Know?Best remembered as the blind girl selling flowers in Charles Chaplin's City Lights (1931).
In her 1935 divorce from actor Cary Grant, she received $50,000, which was equivalent to 50% of his community property at the time.