At age 16, Jeanne Crain won a beauty contest as MISS LONG BEACH and became a model; the next year she was named CAMERA GIRL OF 1942, leading to contacts in Hollywood. She debuted on screen in 1943 in THE GANG'S ALL HERE, beginning a starring career that lasted through the '50s.
Crain was frequently cast as the girl next door, and was generally employed to be a pretty face in the midst of light films, but occasionally she got more serious roles, as in PINKY (1949) in which she played a black girl passing for white; for that performance she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, repeating a nomination she got for her role in MARGIE (1946). . .
Her career waned in the '60s, but she continued to appear in films through the '70s.
Added: 27th March 2008
Posted By: Teresa
|Posted by: Naomi on 2008-03-27
Jeanne Crain was another of those rare personalities that had both talent and beauty, like Maureen O'Hara, she could light up the screen with her smile, and a BW film never did her justice. Did you know she was only 5'4!
'Margie' is an alltime favorite that I'll watch every time it's on.
I love trivia so here goes:
- She was a devoutly Catholic mother of 7.
- Children with Paul Brooks: 'Paul F. Brinkman Jr. 1947; Michael 1949; Timothy 1950; Jeanine 1952; Lisabette 1958; Maria 1961; and Christopher 1965. Two of her children, Michael and Christopher, predeceased her.
- Crain, who starred in the original 1950 film version of 'Cheaper by the Dozen' in 1950, sadly passed away just twelve days before the release of the remake of the same film starring Steve Martin.
- In the book 'More About All About Eve', Joseph L. Mankiewicz stated in an interview that the studio wanted her for the part of Eve Harrington, but he refused to cast her, saying she was a pretty and hard-working young woman, but not much of an actress.
- Crain obtained an interlocutory divorce decree, each spouse claiming the other has been unfaithful. She also claimed that Brinkman has been abusive.
On the eve of their 11th anniversary, the couple reconciled, but the marriage remained rocky for some time.
- Jeanne died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California, on December 14, 2003. Her husband Paul Brooks had died two months earlier.
|Posted by: Teresa on 2008-03-28
GREAT info on her, Naomi!! THANKS . . man, she had a lot of kids . . a little unusual for a movie star. . .
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