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Jennifer Jones, a Hollywood life

21 December 2009 8:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The late Jennifer Jones experienced the classic Tinseltown story of discovery and stardom, but also endured depression and death. Brittany Murphy was just the latest to follow in her footsteps

Mrs Simon, Mrs Selznick, Mrs Walker, Phylis Isley, Jennifer Jones – all of those names were offered her, like landlines in the storm, and she gazed on all of them with insufficient belief or conviction. There was a time, in the 80s and the 90s, when I did everything I could to get Jennifer Jones to speak to me, or just to see me so that she might decide she could speak to me. And all the time I was asking her, or her lawyers, I had another Mrs Selznick crowing in my ear in her best Pierre Hotel witch act, "She doesn't have anything to say. She won't remember. She doesn't care to remember."

Well, she's dead now, at 90. Gore Vidal »

- David Thomson

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Jennifer Jones obituary

20 December 2009 9:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hollywood star who won an Oscar for her role as a saintly peasant girl in the 1943 film The Song of Bernardette

On the day of her 25th birthday, 2 March 1944, a fresh-faced, hitherto unknown performer stepped on to the stage of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, in Los Angeles, to receive her best actress Oscar for her performance in the title role of The Song of Bernadette. It was officially the debut of Jennifer Jones, who has died aged 90. She had appeared four years earlier under her real name of Phyllis Isley, but only in a Dick Tracy serial and a B-western. (Actually, she had been born Phylis, but had added an "l".)

Ingrid Bergman, nominated for her performance in For Whom the Bell Tolls, said of The Song of Bernadette: "I cried all the way through, because Jennifer was so moving and because I realised I had lost the award." Jones, »

- Ronald Bergan

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Oscar-winning Actress Jones Dies

17 December 2009 2:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones has died, aged 90.

A five-time Academy Award nominee, Jones won gold as Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1943, for her portrayal of a saintly nun in The Song of Bernadette.

She passed away on Thursday at her Malibu, California home.

Jones was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1940s and 1950s, and appeared in other films including 1948 western Duel in the Sun, 1955 drama Love is a Many-Splendored Thing and war movie The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, in 1956.

In her later years, she was deeply involved in overseeing California's Norton Simon Museum, as the widow of its founder, millionaire industrialist Norton Simon.

Jones is survived by a son, Robert Walker. »

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Actress Jennifer Jones Dies at 90

17 December 2009 11:04 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Wrap Staff

Actress Jennifer Jones, who won the best actress Oscar for 1943's "The Song of Bernadette," died Thursday morning at her home in Malibu. She was 90.

Jones died of natural causes, according to a spokeswoman for the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena.

Jones had long been connected with the museum because of her marriage to industrialist Norton Simon; she had overseen the museum since his death in 1993.

She also was married to actor Robert Walker and t »

- Lisa Horowitz

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Actress Jennifer Jones Dies at 90

17 December 2009 10:42 AM, PST | IMDb News

Actress Jennifer Jones, who won an Academy Award for her performance in The Song of Bernadette, died Thursday at her home in Malibu; she was 90. The recipient of four other Oscar nominations, Jones was known as Phylis Walker early in her career, when she was married to actor Robert Walker, whom she met in acting school. However, it was producer David O. Selznick who "discovered" her, changed her name, groomed her for a big-screen career -- and later married her after she divorced Walker. Under Selznick's guidance, she made her first big film, The Song of Bernadette, the story of a French peasant girl who sees visions of the Virgin Mary near the village of Lourdes. The movie catapulted her to fame and an Oscar, and roles in 40s hits such as Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Portrait of Jennie, and the notorious-for-its-time Duel in the Sun followed. In the 50s she appeared in the cult hit Beat the Devil, the hit drama Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, and the massive flop A Farewell to Arms, produced by her husband. After Selznick's death in 1965, she mostly retired from acting, making her last screen appearance in the disaster movie The Towering Inferno. Jones is survived by her son, Robert Walker Jr. »

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