Jean Brooks

Born Dec 23, 1915

Jean Brooks was an American film actress who appeared in over 30 films. She was born Ruby M. Kelly in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1915 and died November 25, 1963. She was raised in both New York and Costa Rica, and was fluent in both English and Spanish. She never achieved major stardom in Hollywood, though she landed a number of prominent roles in the early 1940s.… Read More

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1915 Birth Born on December 23, 1915.


1938 22 Years Old In 1938, Brooks attempted to get back into film acting. … Read More
1940 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Paramount contract, Brooks spent another year taking bit parts. In 1940, she landed a contract with Universal Studios.
1941 25 Years Old In 1941, Jean met and married writer and future film director Richard Brooks. (Though this is known to have been her second marriage, there is no information on her first. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old 1 More Event
She spent most of 1942 working bit parts, now performing under the name Jean Brooks.
1943 27 Years Old In 1943, she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She and Richard Brooks divorced in 1944. … Read More
1945 29 Years Old She arrived at the September 1945 premiere of First Yank into Tokyo drunk. … Read More


1946 30 Years Old In 1946, Brooks met newly returned Marine Corps veteran, William Douglas Lansford, and they married. … Read More


1956 40 Years Old They were divorced in 1956 and Lansford remarried to Ruth Ketcham of Long Island, NY. … Read More
1963 48 Years Old She died in 1963. … Read More
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