Jean Brooks
actress
Jean Brooks
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.
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Brooks family reunion is Saturday - Winfield Daily Courier Online
Google News - over 5 years
The family of William and Sue Jean Brooks will host their annual family reunion beginning at 1 pm Saturday. The event will be in the family's back yard at 1418 E. 14th. It is anticipated that all five of the Brooks children will be attending,
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Ray Dean Brooks, 58 - Olney Daily Mail
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... Nicole Ingram), of Flora; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Jasper “Pat” Brooks and sister, Donna Jean Brooks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois Patriot Guard or Disabled Veterans of America
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Handgun shooting lands man in jail - KRCG
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Sheriff's deputies say 46-year-old Bobbie Jean Brooks was shot with a small caliber handgun. Brooks was flown to University Hospital in Columbia. Swoboda was arrested for first degree assault and armed criminal action. He's being held in the Osage
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University Place Veterans Memorial Group To Make Big Fundraising Push - Patch.com
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The memorial is the brainchild of University Place City Councilwoman Jean Brooks, who died in 2009. Allow us to introduce ourselves! The University Place Veterans Memorial committee was formed in October of 2009 by the late City of University Place
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Today in Music History - June 5 - mysask.com (press release)
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In 1979, bluesman Muddy Waters, who was 64, married 25-year-old Marva Jean Brooks. In 1983, "U2" performed a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colo. The concert was recorded and released as an EP and a video cassette, both called "Under A Blood Red
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BROOKS, Barbara Killian - Cherokee Tribune
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Survivors include daughter, Jean Brooks, Canton, GA; brother, Bill Killian, Canton, GA; sister, Jean Pinyan, Canton, GA; several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Brooks was preceded in death by husband, Frank L. Brooks, Sr.; brothers, Paul Killian and Murray
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Three Rivers Community College graduates - TheDay.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Also, Groton: Ryan Avery, Paul Baker, Amina Ben Jdid, April-Jean Brooks, Kassidy Brown, Daniel Campos-Solano, Heidi Cannon, Lazilia Conner, Tamara Day, Katia Diaz, Jenee Discola, Nicolette Doukas, Joseph Drouillard, Richard Dyer II, Joel Eastty,
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Memorial walks for Millbrook murder victim - Truro Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
They will also pray for justice for Brooks, along with her peaceful rest in the spirit world. Speakers include Cheryl Maloney, Native Women's Association, Sisters in Spirit; Bev Walker, Mi'kmaq Family Healing Centre; and Connie Jean Brooks, mother of
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Tommie Jean Brooks - Times Record News
Google News - almost 6 years
The funeral service will be conducted at 10 am Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the chapel of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home with Mr. Nathan Carr, officiating. Interment will follow in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Owens & Brumley Funeral Home of Wichita
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Mavis Carlon Brooks - Oak Ridger
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Survivors include her sons, Carlos Brooks and wife, Evelyn Nelson Brooks, of Tellico Village, and Kendell Brooks of Oak Ridge; grandchildren, Carla Jean Brooks of California, Whitney Lea Brooks of Oak Ridge, Bryan B. Brooks and wife, Staci,
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Glenn Ray Spencer - Amarillo.com
Google News - almost 6 years
He was proceeded in death by his first spouse, Ruth Spencer; and two sisters, Dorothy Haas and Lola Jean Brooks. Survivors include his wife, Juanita Spencer of Amarillo; two daughters, Linda Kurts and husband Steve of Amarillo and Jan Lowry and husband
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Belleci Announces Her Election Bid - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
She was appointed to the UP City Council after longtime Councilwoman Jean Brooks died in 2009. For Belleci, she will campaign on her experience and leadership on the City Council and the UP Planning Commission, which she was a member of since the
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Untangling Muddy Waters and His Blues
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CAN'T BE SATISFIED The Life and Times of Muddy Waters By Robert Gordon Illustrated. 408 pages. Little, Brown & Company. $22.95. The story of Muddy Waters is the archetypal path of the blues. McKinley Morganfield was born in Mississippi in 1913 and picked cotton on a Mississippi Delta plantation, where he was nicknamed after the river itself. He
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Paid Notice: Deaths WARNER, OSCAR
NYTimes - almost 18 years
WARNER-Oscar. Of Boynton Beach, Florida, on March 8th, 1999 at the age of 77 after a lengthy illness and courageous struggle. Beloved husband of Ethel, devoted father of Stephen and Robert and of Peter and Lani, and devoted grandfather of Barbara, David, Elizabeth, Stephanie, and Lindsey. Brother of Jean Brooks and the late Seymour Warner. He was
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Review/Film; Old Hollywood Horror, but With Depth and Flair
NYTimes - over 23 years
How does an all-American guy respond when his bride hints that an old Serbian curse might turn her into a panther? "Oh, Irena, you crazy kid," he says cheerfully. A nurse who has stumbled into a job with a peculiar Caribbean family begins her story in a lilting, lighthearted voice. "I walked with a zombie!" she chirps, very much as if she were
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jean Brooks
    FORTIES
  • 1963
    Age 47
    She died in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Her death certificate listed her as having suffered from "nutritional inadequacy" for 15 years, probably from alcoholism. She also suffered from Laennec's Cirrhosis in her final five years of life. She was buried at sea the following year. Her burial was reported in the papers in Costa Rica, though there were no obituaries, and apparently no knowledge of her death, in Hollywood. Sadly, none of her old Hollywood associates knew anything of her life or her condition. On August 7, 1990, 27 years after Brooks's death, the following appeared in The Hollywood Reporter: "Anyone know the whereabouts of Jean Brooks? Once married to director Richard Brooks, thus her name, she was aka Jeanne Kelly and under contract to both Universal and RKO in the 1940s Even Richard B. and several of the actress' former pals say they've lost all contact with her whereabouts."
  • 1956
    Age 40
    They were divorced in 1956 and Lansford remarried to Ruth Ketcham of Long Island, NY.
    More Details Hide Details In the mid-1950s, Brooks married Thomas H. Leddy in San Francisco.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1946
    Age 30
    In 1946, Brooks met newly returned Marine Corps veteran, William Douglas Lansford, and they married.
    More Details Hide Details The marriage lasted 10 years, most of which were spent while Lansford was back in the armed forces (Army) and they were stationed at various bases in the U.S. It was a happy time for her while she formed amateur theater groups and worked in productions along with her husband who was a writer, at the various places they were stationed. But alcoholism persisted. Lansford, too, was a heavy drinker and soon it overwhelmed the marriage.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1945
    Age 29
    She arrived at the September 1945 premiere of First Yank into Tokyo drunk.
    More Details Hide Details In other personal appearances she would pass out in public. Though RKO was angry with her, Brooks reportedly tore up her contract before they could fire her. She never made another film. Apparently, no one in Hollywood had contact with her again.
  • 1944
    Age 28
    Though Brooks continued to land prominent roles with RKO throughout 1944, most notably The Falcon and the Co-eds and Lewton's juvenile delinquency film Youth Runs Wild, her career unraveled.
    More Details Hide Details RKO began casting her in smaller and smaller roles, and she was noticeably gaining weight.
    She and Richard Brooks divorced in 1944.
    More Details Hide Details It was also widely rumored that she had begun drinking heavily. (Cecilia Maskell, the daughter of Brooks' cousin, Gloria White, has remarked that alcoholism runs in the family.)
  • 1943
    Age 27
    In 1943, she signed a contract with RKO Radio Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details At RKO, Brooks was to achieve her greatest success, though stardom eluded her. She appeared in six of The Falcon mystery movies, and was cast in two of Val Lewton's horror classics, as the heroine Kiki Walker in The Leopard Man, and as the depressed devil-worshipper Jacqueline Gibson in The Seventh Victim, this latter role being the one for which she is most widely remembered today. It is a sad coincidence (and perhaps part of the film's success) that, while portraying the depressed Jacqueline, Brooks' own life was falling apart. During the filming of The Seventh Victim, Brooks had separated from her husband.
  • 1942
    Age 26
    It is likely that she adopted her husband's name as a stage name because dancer Gene Kelly began acting in films in 1942.
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    She spent most of 1942 working bit parts, now performing under the name Jean Brooks.
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  • 1941
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It is rumored to have been to Erich von Stroheim.) Shortly thereafter, Universal dropped Brooks' contract.
  • 1940
    Age 24
    After more bit parts and small roles, Brooks was awarded with her first leading role in a feature film, playing "Laura" in The Devil's Pipeline in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was not well received: Variety described her as "flat." Universal never gave her star treatment, preferring instead to cast her in small roles and B-movies.
    After the Paramount contract, Brooks spent another year taking bit parts. In 1940, she landed a contract with Universal Studios.
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  • 1938
    Age 22
    In 1938, Brooks attempted to get back into film acting.
    More Details Hide Details After a failed screen test with 20th Century Fox, and the collapse of Major Productions (who had signed Brooks three weeks before going out of business), she signed a contract to star in Spanish language films for Paramount Pictures. She landed two starring roles with Paramount, acting under the stage name Robina Duarte.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1915
    Born
    Born on December 23, 1915.
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