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Jeanne Crain
Jeanne Crain

Jeanne Elizabeth Crain (May 25, 1925December 14, 2003) was an American actress. fair use image of American actress Jeanne Crain from silverscreensirens. ... fair use image of American actress Jeanne Crain from silverscreensirens. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... December 14 is the 348th day of the year (349th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Acting is the work of an actor, a person in theatre, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play. ...

Born in Barstow, California to George A. Crain (a school teacher) and Loretta Carr, she moved to Los Angeles as a young child. Barstow is a city located in San Bernardino County, California. ... Nickname: City of Angels Official website: http://www. ...

An excellent ice skater, Crain first attracted attention when she was crowned Miss Pan Pacific at L.A.'s Pan Pacific Auditorium. Later, while still in high school, she was asked to make a screen test opposite Orson Welles. She did not get the part, but in 1943, at the age of 18, she appeared in a bit part in the movie The Gang's All Here. The Pan-Pacific Auditorium, June 1981. ... A screen test is a method of determining the suitability of an actor or actress for performing on film and/or in a particular role. ... Orson Welles on the set of Citizen Kane. ... The Gangs All Here is a 1943 musical film produced and released by Twentieth Century Fox. ...

In 1944 she starred in Home in Indiana and In the Meantime, Darling. Her acting was critically panned, but she rebounded in the hit Winged Victory. During World War II, Crain's fan mail was second in volume only to that of Betty Grable. Winged Victory is a now out of print, 1934 novel by an English World War I fighter pilot named V.M. Yeates. ...

In 1945 she starred in State Fair, and in 1949 in three films,A Letter to Three Wives, The Fan and Pinky, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pinky was a controversial movie, since it told the story of a girl who passes for white in the northern United States. Although Lena Horne and other black actresses were considered for the role, Darryl F. Zanuck chose to cast a white actress for box-office reasons. A state fair is a competitive and recreational gathering of a U.S. states population. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... (Left to right) Darnell, Sothern and Crain A Letter to Three Wives is a 1949 film which tells the story of a woman who mails a letter to three women, telling them she has left town with the husband of one of them. ... Pinky is a 1949 film which tells the story of a young lightskinned African American woman passing as white, who becomes torn between the needs of her grandmother and the love of a white doctor. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Passing is a persons being regarded as a member of a social class other than his or her own, such as a different sex, race, or disability status, generally with the purpose of gaining social acceptance or of comporting with the persons own cultural or gender identity. ... Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941 Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. ... Darryl Simon Michael Barnes (September 5, 1902–December 22, 1979) was a producer, writer, actor and director who played a major part in the Hollywood studio system as one of its longest survivors (the length of his career being rivalled only by that of Adolph Zukor). ...

In 1950, Crain starred opposite Myrna Loy and Clifton Webb in Cheaper by the Dozen. Next, Crain paired up with Cary Grant, for the Joseph L. Mankiewicz production of People Will Talk (1951). 1952 saw Crain again teamed with Loy in the release of Belles on Their Toes, the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. While still at Fox, Crain gave an excellent performance as a young wife quickly losing her mind amidst high seas intrigue in Dangerous Crossing, co-starring Michael Rennie. Crain then starred in a string of pictures for Universal, including notable pairings with Kirk Douglas, such as Man Without a Star (1955). A publicity photo of Myrna Loy Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American motion picture actress. ... Mark Stevens and Clifton Webb in The Dark Corner Clifton Webb (November 19, 1889 – October 13, 1966) was an American actor. ... For the film, see Cheaper by the Dozen (1950 film), and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003 film). ... Cary Grant Archibald Alexander Leach (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his screen name, Cary Grant, was a British-born American film actor. ... Joseph Leo Mankiewicz (February 11, 1909–February 5, 1993) was a Jewish-Polish-American Hollywood screenwriter, director and producer. ... People Will Talk (1951) is a movie directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain, with supporting performances by Hume Cronyn, Finlay Currie, Walter Slezak, and Sidney Blackmer. ... Belles on Their Toes was a 1950 book written by Frank Gilbreth Junior and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. ... For the film, see Cheaper by the Dozen (1950 film), and Cheaper by the Dozen (2003 film). ... Michael Rennie Michael Rennie (August 25, 1909 - June 10, 1971) was a British actor who made the transition to Hollywood with moderate success. ... Kirk Douglas in Champion Kirk Douglas (born December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his oft-imitated and -parodied gravel-ridden voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas himself once described as sons of bitches. He is also father to Hollywood...

Also in 1955, Crain also showed off her lively dancing abilities in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, co-starring Jane Russell, Alan Young, and Rudy Vallee. The production was filmed on location in Paris and Crain's singing in the film was dubbed, as was customary. The film was based on the Anita Loos novel that was a sequel to her acclaimed Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Gentlemen Marry Brunettes was popular throughout Europe at the time and was released in France as A Paris Pour les Quatre ("Paris For The Four"), and in Belgium as Cevieren Te Parijs. Later in the 1950s, Crain, Russell, and another actress teamed up for a short-lived singing and dancing lounge act at one of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jane Russell in 1943. ... Alan Young with singer Olga San Juan at AFRS TALENT in the 1950s Alan Young (born November 19, 1919) is an actor best known for his television role opposite a talking horse, Mister Ed. ... Rudy Vallee (July 28, 1901 - July 3, 1986) was a popular United States singer, actor, bandleader, and entertainer. ... Anita Loos (April 26, 1889 – August 18, 1981) was an acclaimed American screenwriter, playwright and author. ... Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a novel written by Anita Loos that was published in 1925, a Broadway play produced in 1926, a Broadway musical produced in 1949, which Loos also wrote the book for, and two motion pictures. ... This article is about the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. ...

In 1956, Crain starred opposite Glenn Ford, Russ Tamblyn, and Broderick Crawford in the compelling Western, Fastest Gun Alive. The film was directed by Russell Rouse. In 1957, she was a socialite who helps a crushed singer (played by Frank Sinatra) redeem himself in The Joker Is Wild. Glenn Ford Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford (born May 1, 1916)(died October 15, 2005), better known by his stage name Glenn Ford, is an actor. ... Russ Tamblyn (born 30 December 1934 in Los Angeles, California) is an actor. ... Crawford in Black Angel William Broderick Crawford (born December 9, 1911; died April 26, 1986) was an American actor. ... The Western is an American genre in literature and film. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is one of the highest acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. ... The Joker is Wild, starring Frank Sinatra and Jeanne Crain, is a 1957 movie which tells the story of Joe E. Lewis, a singer and comedian who was popular from the 1920s to the 1950s. ...

In 1959, Crain appeared in a prestigious CBS Television Special production of "Meet Me in St. Louis." Also starring in the broadcast were Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Jane Powell, and Ed Wynn. A sign of the times: top-billing on the program went to co-star Tab Hunter! CBS (an abbreviation for Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of the network) is one of the largest television networks, and formerly one of the largest radio networks, in the United States. ... Meet Me in St. ... A publicity photo of Myrna Loy Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American motion picture actress. ... Walter Pidgeon Walter Pidgeon (September 23, 1897 – September 25, 1984) was a Canadian actor. ... Jane Powell (born April 1, 1928) is an American actress. ... Ed Wynn (November 9, 1886 - June 19, 1966) was a popular United States entertainer, born Isaiah Edwin Leopold in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Tab Hunter (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer. ...

Film roles became fewer in the 1960s as Crain went into semi-retirement. Crain was captivating as Nefertiti in the 1961 Italian production of Queen of the Nile, with Edmund Purdom and Vincent Price. During this period Crain did a stint as one of the What's My Line? Mystery Guests on the popular Sunday night CBS-TV program . Crain's last film role was in Skyjacked in 1972. Bust of Nefertiti from Berlins Altes Museum. ... Queen of the Nile could refer to: A common description of Cleopatra Queen of the Nile (The Twilight Zone), an episode of The Twilight Zone This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Son of a drama critic, Edmund Purdom was born on December 19, 1924 in Hertfordshire, England and was educated by the Jesuits and the Benedictines before he began his career as an actor. ... Vincent Price on Broadway as Mr. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... radio and United States. ... Skyjacked is a 1972 thriller starring Charlton Heston. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...

Against her mother's wishes, Crain married former RKO Studios contract player Paul Brinkman on December 31, 1946; the first of their 7 children was born the following April. During the early 1950s, Crain was earning approx. $3,500 per week. Crain and her husband Brinkman bought a large, lovely home for their growing family on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. (The home can be seen and is described by Bette Davis in candid footage of a driving sequence in the 1952 now cult-classic, The Star.) The marriage was rocky for some years. Crain obtained an interlocutory divorce decree, each spouse claiming the other had been unfaithful (she also claimed Brinkman had been abusive), but the couple reconciled on the eve of their 11th wedding anniversary. The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... This article is about the actress; there is also a singer named Betty Davis. ... The Star can refer to a film from 1952 a Malaysian newspaper The Star an abbreviation for many newspapers with Star in the title, such as The Irish Star, the Daily Star, the Toronto Star etc. ...

As a lifelong devout Catholic, Jeanne Crain Brinkman and her husband Paul remained married, though they lived separately in Santa Barbara, California, until Brinkman's death in October of 2003. Crain died a few months later and it was speculated that she died of a broken heart. Crain's funeral Mass was held at the Old Santa Barbara Mission. Crain is buried in the Brinkman family plot at Santa Barbara Cemetery. The couple outlived two of their children. The Brinkmans were survived by five adult children, including Paul Brinkman Jr., a successful television executive, most known for his work on CBS TV's JAG. Crain was also survived by many grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. For other uses, see JAG (disambiguation). ...

Crain's career is fully documented by an extraordinary collection of memorabilia about her assembled by the late Charles J. Finlay (longtime publicist at 20th Century Fox). The Jeanne Crain collection resides perpetually at the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives in Middletown, Connecticut. These archives also hold the papers of Frank Capra, Ingrid Bergman, Clint Eastwood, and others. 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Wesleyan University founded in 1831, is a private, liberal arts university in Middletown, Connecticut. ... Middletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the south-central part of the state, 16 miles (26 km) south of Hartford. ... Frank Capra Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films. ... Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (help· info) (pronounced in Swedish, but usually in English, IPA notation) (August 29, 1915 – August 29, 1982) was a three-time Academy Award-winning Swedish actress. ... Clint Eastwood Clinton Eastwood, Jr. ...

External links

  • [1] - Wesleyan U. Film Archives Website
  • [2] - A Tribute to Jeanne Crain, by her granddaughter Bret Crain Csupo
  • [3] - IMDb
  • [4] - Classic Movies (1939 - 1969): Jeanne Crain
  • [5] - Find-A-Grave profile for Jeanne Crain

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Jeanne Crain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (941 words)
Crain died a few months later and it was speculated that she died of a broken heart.
Crain is buried in the Brinkman family plot at Santa Barbara Cemetery.
Crain's career is fully documented by an extraordinary collection of memorabilia about her assembled by the late Charles J. Finlay (longtime publicist at 20th Century Fox).
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