Virginia Davis was an American child actress in films. She was the first actress to play Alice in the Alice Comedies.


Early Career

Virginia Davis began working for Walt Disney's Laugh-O-Gram Films in the summer of 1924. She was hired to act in a film called Alice's Wonderland, which combined live-action with animation. This film initiated a series known as the Alice Comedies, or "Alice In Cartoonland." During this time, Davis resided at the La Brea Apartments in Hollywood, California.

Other Work With Disney

Davis also did voice testing for a role in Snow White as well as some of the little boys' voices in "Pinocchio", but did not go on to play the roles in the final films.

Retirement and death

Davis gave up acting after the "Alice" films concluded with "Alice In The Jungle" (1925). By 1934, she was performing as a dancer. She had an uncredited role as a dancer in College Holiday (1936).

In 1988, she was named a Disney Legend, the first woman to be given the honor. The Disney Legends official website previously stated she was named a Disney Legend in 1998.

In 2005, Davis was interviewed by Leonard Maltin for the Walt Disney Treasures.

Davis made a rare appearance at the annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention in September 2007.

Virginia Davis-McGhee died of natural causes in Corona, California, at the age of 90.


  • Los Angeles Times, New Members of Players' Club, April 20, 1924, Page J3.
  • Los Angeles Times, Older Sisters' Art Emulated, August 23, 1925, Page 20.
  • Los Angeles Times, Tiny Actress In Blue Bird, December 29, 1929, Page 20.
  • Los Angeles Times, Around And About In Hollywood, March 24, 1934, Page 7.

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