Jean Peters

Born Oct 15, 1926

Jean Peters was an American actress, known as a star of 20th Century Fox in the late 1940s and early 1950s and as the second (or possibly third) wife of Howard Hughes. Although possibly best remembered for her siren role in Pickup on South Street (1953), Peters was known for her resistance to being turned into a sex symbol, preferring to play unglamorous, down-to-earth women.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born Elizabeth Jean Peters in 1926 in East Canton, Ohio, she was the daughter of Elizabeth and Gerald Peters, a laundry manager. … Read More


1945 18 Years Old While studying for a teaching degree at Ohio State, she entered the Miss Ohio State Pageant in the fall of 1945. … Read More
1946 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Peters was tested in 1946 for a farm girl role in Scudda Hoo! … Read More


1947 20 Years Old 1 More Event
For her second film, Deep Waters (1948), which Peters filmed in late 1947, she was reunited with her director from Captain from Castile, Henry King. … Read More
1949 22 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1949 Peters signed on to play Ray Milland's love interest in It Happens Every Spring (1949). … Read More
1950 23 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1950, Peters was almost forgotten by the public, although she had been playing lead roles since 1947.
1951 24 Years Old Also in 1951, Peters had her first collaboration with Marilyn Monroe, when they had secondary roles in As Young as You Feel. … Read More
In 1953 the director Samuel Fuller chose Peters over Marilyn Monroe for the part of Candy in Pickup on South Street. … Read More
1954 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Other 1954 films co-starring Peters were the westerns Apache and Broken Lance. … Read More


Deciding she had had enough, Peters left Fox to focus on her private life. Following her marriage to Howard Hughes, she retired from acting. In 1957, the producer Jerry Wald tried to persuade her not to leave Hollywood but had no luck.


1969 42 Years Old According to a 1969 article, she went through life unrecognized, despite being protected by Hughes' security officers all day. … Read More
1971 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1971, Peters and Hughes divorced. … Read More


2000 74 Years Old Peters died of leukemia in 2000 in Carlsbad, California, two days before her 74th birthday. … Read More
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