Jean Arthur

Actress Jean Arthur

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.
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Deceased
19 June 1991

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Television movies for the week of Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Jean Arthur. An Iowa congresswoman rivals a bistro singer for an Army captain in postwar Berlin. (NR) (2:00) TCM: Wed. 1:30 AM • Foreigner 2: Black Dawn '05. Steven Seagal. A CIA agent races against time to prevent arms dealers from selling a nuclear
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Hollywood's chased romantic hero - Bay Area Reporter
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Plain, husky-voiced Jean Arthur and smoldering Rita Hayworth both want to take him higher. Whom will he pick? Directed by Hawks. (Mon., 9/5, matinee/evening) Hitchcock's superb Notorious (1946) highlights Grant's passive/aggressive misogynism
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At Large with Tom Williams > A look at some films & film classics - Shore News Today
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Also starring Jean Arthur, Claude Rains and Edward Arnold. Stewart was nominated for an Oscar as best actor (Robert Donat won for Goodbye, Mr. Chips). The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956). This Hitchcock film pairs Stewart and Doris Day as parents trying
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The height of manipulation - Sydney Morning Herald
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Alan Ladd as Shane and Jean Arthur and Vann Heflin as the Starretts in Shane. Note how Ladd seems tall til you compare leg lengths. For an industry near-obsessed with image, one of the basic, legitimate measures of it is more obscured than ever before
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James Stewart's early roles featured Aug 13 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
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Not only does Mr. Smith re-team Stewart and Capra, but it also reunites Stewart with his 1938 You Can't Take It With You co-star as Jean Arthur once again cast as the object of Stewart's affections, although this time, she's the one resisting at first
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James Stewart Movie Schedule: ANATOMY OF A MURDER, THE MURDER MAN - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains. BW-130 mins. 11:15 AM WIFE VS. SECRETARY (1936) A secretary becomes so valuable to her boss that it jeopardizes his marriage. Dir: Clarence Brown. Cast: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy. BW-88 mins
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Claudette Colbert Q&A Pt.1: 'The Claudette Colbert Business' - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Would you say there's something that distinguishes Claudette Colbert from the other screwball comediennes of the 1930s — Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, Carole Lombard? And if so, how would you define that special "it" that Colbert possessed?
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Freeport Theatre Festival classic goes beyond the laughter - Tarentum Valley News Dispatch
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The 1938 film version, directed by Frank Capra, starred Jean Arthur, James Stewart and Lionel Barrymore, receiving two Academy Awards. Freeport Theatre Festival director Tom Abbott of Natrona Heights suggested to his cast that they not watch the film
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Cary Grant Movies List - Screen Junkies
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“Only Angels Have Wings” Cary Grant and Jean Arthur prove to be a charming pair in this film about the relationship that unfolds between a pilot and a young entertainer. Directed by Hollywood icon Howard Hawks, this emotional and thrilling film was
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Harel Freres Planning Record Sugar Production in Mauritius - Bloomberg
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... a Port Louis, Mauritius-based sugar producer, will have a record 85000 metric tons of specialty sugar production this year because of beneficial weather, according to Jean Arthur Pilot-Lagesse, general manager of the company's sugar division
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Shane revisited - BusinessWorld Online
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The film is seen from his point of view so naturally the adult cast of Alan Ladd (Shane), Van Heflin (the father) and Jean Arthur (the mother) are slightly ennobled from his innocent perspective. George Stevens wisely allows the locale to add to the
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2011 Film Fest to feature labor rights - Traverse City Record Eagle
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Other outdoor movies are the original "Star Wars: Episode IV," July 26; "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," a 1936 movie starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur, July 27; "Mrs. Doubtfire," with Robin Williams dressed as a housekeeper to spend time with his kids,
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Narrow search by Category: - WilliametteLive.com
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Rebecca Maitland, Reed Opera House, 189 Liberty St. NE, Salem, Runs until 07/06 Classic Film: Shane (George Stevens, 1953) with Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur and Jack Palance. A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family,
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What's All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion's Hulu Channel - CriterionCast.com (blog)
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Charles Boyer is Paul Dumond, a charming Parisian who Irene Vail (Jean Arthur) falls in love with. The problem is Bruce (Colin Clive), Irene's ex-husband, doesn't want to give her up and will stop at nothing to get her back
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A few films for the Fourth - MyCentralJersey.com
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“Shane” (1953): One of the greatest (albeit sappy) Westerns of all time, Jean Arthur's final film stars Alan Ladd as a man who tries to hang up his six-gun but ends up in the middle of a dispute between a greedy cattle baron and a bunch of farmers
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Good Morning! - KWTX
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In 1991, actress Jean Arthur died in Carmel, Calif., at age 90. In 1999, author Stephen King was seriously injured when he was struck by a van driven by Bryan Smith in North Lovell, Maine. Britain's Prince Edward married commoner Sophie Rhys-Jones in
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Funny girls. . . who says women aren't the Mae West? - Irish Independent
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Jean Arthur was successfully teamed with Grant in a string of films, most memorably in George Stevens's 1942 comedy Talk of the Town. Columbia Pictures boss Harry Cohn once unkindly described Ms Arthur's profile as "half angel, and the other half
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 90
    Arthur died from heart failure June 19, 1991, at the age of 90.
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  • 1975
    Age 74
    Then, in 1975, the Broadway play First Monday in October, about the first woman to be a 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 after leaving the Cleveland Play House.
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  • 1973
    Age 72
    While living in North Carolina, in 1973, Arthur made front-page news by being arrested and jailed for trespassing on a neighbor's property to console a dog she felt was being mistreated.
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  • 1967
    Age 66
    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.
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  • 1966
    Age 65
    In 1966, the extremely reclusive Arthur took on the role of Patricia Marshall, an attorney, on her own television sitcom, The Jean Arthur Show, which was canceled mid-season by CBS after only 12 episodes.
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  • 1965
    Age 64
    In 1965, she returned to show business in an episode of Gunsmoke.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1954
    Age 53
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1950
    Age 49
    She 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.
  • 1945
    Age 44
    A prime example was in 1945, when she was cast in the lead of the Garson Kanin play, Born Yesterday.
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  • 1944
    Age 43
    Arthur retired when her contract with Columbia Pictures expired in 1944.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1937
    Age 36
    She was named the American Greta Garbo – who was also known for her reclusive life – and magazine Movie Classic wrote of her in 1937: "With Garbo talking right out loud in interviews, receiving the press and even welcoming an occasional chance to say her say in the public prints, the palm for elusiveness among screen stars now goes to Jean Arthur."
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  • 1936
    Age 35
    In 1936 alone, she earned $119,000, more than the President of the United States and baseball player Lou Gehrig.
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  • 1934
    Age 33
    The turning point in Arthur's career came when she was chosen by Frank Capra to star in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town. Capra had spotted her in a daily rush from the film Whirlpool in 1934 and convinced Cohn to have Columbia Studios sign her for his next film as a tough newspaperwoman who falls in love with a country bumpkin millionaire.
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    Even though hesitant to give up her stage career, Arthur signed the five-year contract on February 14, 1934.
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  • 1933
    Age 32
    With an improved résumé, she returned to Hollywood in late 1933, and turned down several contract offers until she was asked to meet with an executive from Columbia Pictures.
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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.
  • 1932
    Age 31
    She married producer Frank Ross, Jr., in 1932. They divorced in 1949.
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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 Arthur, and negative reviews for the play caused the production to be halted quickly.
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  • 1931
    Age 30
    In late 1931, Arthur returned to New York City, where a Broadway agent cast Arthur in an adaptation of Lysistrata, which opened at the Riviera Theater on January 24, 1932.
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    Her effort did not pay 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 due to financial setbacks caused by the Great Depression.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 29
    Following a string of "lifeless ingenue roles" in mediocre films, she debuted on stage in December 1930 with a supporting role in Pasadena Playhouse's ten-day run production of Spring Song.
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    By 1930, her relationship with Selznick had ended, causing her career at Paramount to slip.
  • 1929
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1928
    Age 27
    Arthur's first marriage, to photographer Julian Anker in 1928, was annulled after one day.
  • 1927
    Age 26
    In 1927, Arthur attracted more attention when she appeared opposite Mae Busch and Charles Delaney as a gold digging chorus girl in Husband Hunters.
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  • 1924
    Age 23
    Aside from appearing in films for Action Pictures between 1924 and 1926, she appeared in some independent westerns including The Drug Store Cowboy (1925), and westerns for Poverty Row, as well as having an uncredited bit part in Buster Keaton's Seven Chances (1925).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1915
    Age 14
    The family's relocation to New York City occurred in 1915, where Arthur dropped out of high school in her junior year due to a "change in family circumstances".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Age 7
    She lived on and off in Westbrook, Maine, from 1908 to 1915 while her father worked at Lamson Studios in Portland, Maine, as a photographer.
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  • 1900
    Born
    Born on October 17, 1900.
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