Virginia Brissac

Virginia Brissac (June 11, 1883 - July 26, 1979), was an American West Coast stage actress who came out of retirement in her early 50s to begin what would turn out to be a twenty year career as a performer in cinema and television productions. She was known as an ingénue in her early theatrical years, in her latter career Brissac’s stern features often led her to play schoolteachers and other authority figures rôles. She is perhaps best remembered today as Jim Stark’s (James Dean) grandmother in the 1955 film, Rebel Without a Cause.