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Jean Arthur

Born Oct 17, 1900

Jean Arthur was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. She remains arguably the epitome of the female screwball comedy actress. As James Harvey wrote in his recounting of the era, "No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her.… Read More

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1900 Birth Born on October 17, 1900.
1908 7 Years Old Arthur was born Gladys Georgianna Greene in Plattsburgh, New York to Protestant parents Johanna Augusta Nelson and Hubert Sidney Greene. She lived off and on in Westbrook, Maine from 1908 to 1915 while her father worked at Lamson Studios in Portland, Maine as a photographer. … Read More


1928 27 Years Old Arthur's first marriage, to photographer Julian Anker in 1928, was annulled after one day.
1929 28 Years Old …  Her personal involvement with rising Paramount executive David O. Selznick – despite his relationship with Irene Mayer Selznick – proved substantial; she was put on the map and became selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1929. … Read More
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…  By 1930, her relationship with Selznick was broken off, causing her career at Paramount to slip off.


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Her effort was not paying off: when her three-year contract at Paramount expired in mid-1931, she was given her release with an announcement from Paramount that the decision was prompted due to financial setbacks caused by the Great Depression.
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She next won the female lead in The Man Who Reclaimed His Head, which opened on September 8, 1932 at the Broadhurst Theatre to mostly mixed notices for Athur, and negative reviews for the play caused the production to be halted quickly. … Read More
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The Curtain Rises, which ran from October to December 1933, was Arthur's first Broadway play in which she was the center of attention.
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Even though hesitant to give up her stage career, Arthur signed the five-year contract on February 14, 1934. … Read More
1936 35 Years Old Arthur co-starred in three celebrated 1930s Capra films: her role opposite Gary Cooper in 1936 in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town made her a star, while her fame was cemented with You Can't Take It With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939, both with James Stewart.
1937 36 Years Old She was re-teamed with Cooper, playing Calamity Jane in Cecil B. DeMille's The Plainsman (1936), and appeared as a working girl, her typical role, in Mitchell Leisen's 1937 screwball comedy Easy Living, opposite Ray Milland.
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So strong was her box office appeal by 1939 that she was one of four finalists that year for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind; the film's producer, David O. Selznick, had briefly romanced Arthur in the late 1920s when they both were with Paramount Pictures.


1944 43 Years Old Arthur "retired" when her contract with Columbia Pictures expired in 1944. … Read More
1945 44 Years Old A prime example was in 1945, when she was cast in the lead of the Garson Kanin play, Born Yesterday. … Read More
1950 49 Years Old Arthur did score a major triumph on Broadway in 1950, starring in an adaptation of Peter Pan playing the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up when she was almost 50.


1954 53 Years Old She tackled the role of her namesake, Joan of Arc, in a 1954 stage production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, but she left the play after a nervous breakdown and battles with director Harold Clurman.


1966 65 Years Old In 1966, the extremely reclusive Arthur tentatively returned to show business, playing Patricia Marshall, an attorney, on her own television sitcom, The Jean Arthur Show, which was canceled mid-season by CBS after only 12 episodes. … Read More
1967 66 Years Old In 1967, Arthur was coaxed back to Broadway to appear as a midwestern spinster who falls in with a group of hippies in the play The Freaking Out of Stephanie Blake. … Read More
1975 74 Years Old …  Then, in 1975, the Broadway play First Monday in October, about the first female Supreme Court justice, was written especially with Arthur in mind, but once again she succumbed to extreme stage fright and quit the production shortly into its out-of-town run in Cleveland. … Read More
1991 91 Years Old Died on June 19, 1991.
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