Virginia Beraud Roser, 86, a former actress and drama teacher who taught English to foreigners here for many years, died of complications of pneumonia March 14 at the DeWitt Nursing Home in New York City.

In 1943, Mrs. Roser came to Washington to head the drama and speech department at Sidwell Friends School.

From about 1949 to the early 1970s, she taught English to embassy staff members and other representatives from 31 foreign countries, including ambassadors and their families from Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, France, Japan and Thailand.

In 1957, she became the second woman (after Eleanor Roosevelt) to be named a Chevalier of the Order of the Southern Cross by the government of Brazil in recognition of her professional achievements and as a special token of appreciation from "present and former pupils."

Mrs. Roser's acting career began in Hollywood during her mid-teens, mainly minor roles in motion pictures, but also including a featured role in Cecil B. DeMille's 1916 movie, "Joan the Woman." She was aa founding member of the old Studio Club, a residence for women where aspiring actresses, from Dorothy and Lillian Gish to Marilyn Monroe, lived in their "salad" days.

She also had a career on the stage and on the radio in San Antonia and Houston, where she lived for a number of years before moving here.

Mrs. Roser was born in Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in drama from Emerson College in Boston.

She was a member and former chairman of the Woman's National Democratic Club here.

She moved to New York City in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Louisiette R. Michaels of New York City a sister, Louise B. Griggs of Houston, and two grandchildren.