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Virginia Chapman Cause Of Death, Bio, Wiki, Husband, Children, Gun Smoke, Obituary.

Virginia Chapman Bio.

Virginia Chapman was an actress, known for Official Detective (1957), Highway Patrol (1955), and Medic (1954).

She was the first wife to Gunsmoke actor James Arness and later to Leo Myron Morton.

Born as Virginia Baskett Chapman on 14 June 1921 in Los Angeles, California, USA, Virginia died on 29 July 1977 in Malibu, California, USA.

Virginia Chapman Age.

Born on 14 June 1921, Virginia died at the age of 56 years in her home on 29 July 1977 in Malibu, California, USA.

Virginia Chapman Cause Of Death.

Chapman accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills and died of a drug overdose on 29 July 1977  in her home in Malibu, California, USA.

Virginia Chapman Obituary.

Two years after her daughter Jenny Arness died of a drug overdose, Virginia Chapman also died of the same cause.

His husband James Arness succeeded her till June 3, 2011, when he died at the age of 88  of natural causes at his Brentwood home.

Virginia Chapman Wiki.

  • Date Of Birth: 14 June 1921.
  • Date Of Death: 29 July 1977.
  • Age: 56 years at death.
  • Zodiac: Gemini.
  • Real Name: Virginia Baskett Chapman.
  • Nickname: Virginia Chapman.
  • Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA.

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  • Husband: Leo Myron Morton, James Arness.
  • Children: Craig, Rolf Aurness, and Jenny Lee Arness.
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  • Nationality: American.


  • Occupation: American Actress.
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Virginia Chapman Net Worth.

As of the time of her death, Chapman had amassed a substantial amount of wealth through her career as an American Actress.

She did not share the details of her earnings and net worth.

On the other hand, her ex-husband and Gunsmoke actor  James Arness earned himself $1,200 per episode for playing Marshal Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke during its early years.

His net worth was estimated to be $ 8 million at the time of his death.

James has acquired his wealth through his lucrative career as a renowned actor.

Virginia Chapman Husband.

Virginia was married to James Arness from 12 February 1948 to 5 April 1963. The couple divorced after having 2 children Rolf Aurness and Jenny Lee Arness.

Despite Chapman being James Arness’s first wife, she was previously married to Leo Myron Morton from October 11, 1942, until October 27, 1947; they had a child together, Craig,  but their marriage disintegrated.

James Arness Bio.

James King Aurness, who was born on May 26, 1923, and passed away on June 3, 2011, was an American actor best known for his 20-year role as Marshal Matt Dillon in the CBS television series Gunsmoke.

Arness holds the distinction of having performed Dillon’s part for fifty years.

James was the older brother of actor Peter Graves.

How Did James Arness Die?

Arness, 88, died of natural causes at his Brentwood home in Los Angeles on June 3, 2011. His bones were interred in the Sanctuary of Abiding Hope alcove in the Jasmine Terrace portion of Glendale, California’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park’s Grand Mausoleum.

Virginia Chapman Children.

She was blessed with 3 children, Craig Aurness, Rolf Aurness, and Jenny Lee Arness.

Son: Craig.

He is the firstborn son of Chapman from her first marriage. National Geographic photographer Craig Aurness passed unexpectedly in Panorama City, California, on December 14, 2004. Aurness was receiving care for his anemia and breathing issues. He was 58 years old at the time.

Daughter: Jenny Lee.

Jenny Lee, a former Gunsmoke actress, was born on May 23, 1950, in Los Angeles, California, in the United States (1955). At the age of 24, she passed away in Malibu, California, on May 12, 1975.

Being the daughter of Virginia Chapman and actor James Arness made Jenny famous as well.

Virginia Chapman Gunsmoke.

“The Case of the Gallant Grafter” was one of the episodes of Perry Mason that Chapman played in. She also made an appearance in “The Killer,” a season one episode of Gunsmoke starring Charles Bronson and one of the show’s best early episodes. She plays the part of the “Gypsy.”

Virginia appeared on Gunsmoke while she was still married to James, after their divorce her daughter appeared in the same series.

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