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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 June 1921London, England, UK
Date of Death 30 November 2013Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, UK
Birth NameJoan Mildred Summerfield

Mini Bio (2)

Vivacious, hazel-eyed, strawberry-haired Jean Kent was a popular star of British films in the 1940's and early 50's. The daughter of variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre, she was convent-educated. By the age of ten, she accompanied her mother on tour, then spent several years in the chorus line at London's Windmill Theatre in the West End. Having honed her acting skills on the provincial repertory stage, Jean signed with Gainsborough Pictures in 1943. Her first noteworthy performance was in Man of Evil (1944) for which she received fifth billing. Through sheer determination and hard work, she quickly moved up the ladder to integral roles as willful 'scarlet women' in juicy melodramas. These were often parts other leading actresses refused to play, point in case her gypsy wildcat Rosal in Caravan (1946), considered even by Margaret Lockwood as 'too awful'. Using her training to best advantage, Jean performed some striking dance numbers in the film.

She was the femme fatale wartime audiences loved to hate, an early British sex symbol, most effectively paired with the likes of Stewart Granger or James Mason. In one of her best-remembered performances, Jean took sole limelight as the titular star of the cautionary drama Good-Time Girl (1948), as a juvenile delinquent who falls in with spivs and gangsters and ends up in prison. However, within just a few years, Jean's box-office appeal had waned, possibly attributable to having portrayed a woman ten years older than herself in The Browning Version (1951) (though the film itself was a box-office and critical success). Her remaining screen career was thereafter confined to appearances on the small screen, from the much-derided soap opera Crossroads (1964), to playing Queen Elizabeth I in the excellent Sir Francis Drake (1961) or as Daphne Goodlace, potential seductress of both Albert and Harold, in Steptoe and Son (1962).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

The beautiful Jean Kent was the only child of variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre in Brixton, London. She began as a dancer on stage in 1931 at the of 10. In 1934 using the name Jane Carr she appeared as a chorus girl at the Windmill theatre in London's West End. In the mid 1940's she began working for the Gainsborough Film Production Company and became their most famous star starring in mostly melodramas including the role of Lucy Beckett in 'Fanny by Gaslight' and starred in 'Caravan' with Stewart Granger She starred in many British films during the 1940's and 1950's before turning to television. She died in West Suffolk hospital, Bury St. Edmunds on 30th November 2013 following a fall two days earlier at her home in Westhorpe age 92.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paul Rothwell-Smith

Spouse (1)

Josef Ramart (1946 - 1989) (his death)

Trivia (4)

On stage at age 11 as a child dancer.
Strawberry-blonde British actress who played haughty, seductive types on stage in 40s and 50s British films.
Stewart Granger was the best man at her wedding to Josef Ramart in 1946.
Friend of Michael Thornton.

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