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"Jennifer Jones, 90, an actress who won an Academy Award for playing a saint in The Song of Bernadette and became a popular sinner in Hollywood melodramas including Duel in the Sun and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, died Thursday at her home in Malibu, Calif," reports Adam Bernstein in the Washington Post.
"Jennifer Jones remains one of the more controversial actresses in the Hollywood cinema," writes Richard Lippe in Film Reference. "In general, her professional and personal involvement with David O Selznick has been given a prominence that has colored assessments of Jones's distinctive contribution to 1940s cinema. Interestingly, the central issue is not that Jones lacked talent or screen presence. The longstanding criticism is that Selznick, because of his commitment to Jones, had no critical distance and, with King Vidor's Duel in the Sun, tried to fashion an erotic identity for her, making Jones into a ridiculous creation." Still, »
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
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
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones in a four-film commemoration to air Jan. 7, beginning at 8 p.m. Ms. Jones, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 90 at her home in Malibu, will be remembered in some of her finest films. The actress won an Academy Award for her performance in the 1943 film The Song of Bernadette, will be remembered with a four-film collection airing on TCM Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 8 p.m. (Et). Among the films presented will be the classic western Duel in the Sun (1946), for which she earned an Oscar® nomination, and Madame Bovary (1949), based on Gustave Flaubert.s classic tragedy. The following »
- April MacIntyre
The world lost one of the last actresses of Hollywood's golden era yesterday, as Jennifer Jones passed away. At 90 years old, she certainly lived a long and successful life, though certainly one that was touched by its share of tragedy.
Jones is probably best known for her Oscar-winning performance in The Song of Bernadette, and for being the wife of legendary producer David O. Selznick. But she starred or costarred in a number of great films, including Duel in the Sun, Since You Went Away, Portrait of Jennie, Madame Bovary, The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, and many more. She was right up there with Katharine Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman, but her intensely private life didn't encourage the kind of stardom they enjoyed. But she was an enchanting and luminous actress, and very far removed from the majority of actresses working today. If you've never seen a Jones film, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Turner Classic Movies will present a four-film tribute to Jennifer Jones, who died yesterday at the age of 90, on Thursday, Jan. 7, beginning at 5 p.m. (Pt). The four films are: Duel in the Sun (above, 1946), a campy Western in which Jones plays a fiery "half-breed" desired by two brothers, dour Joseph Cotten and smirky Gregory Peck. Veteran King Vidor was one of the men who directed this attempt by David O. Selznick — Jones was his protegee and future wife — to achieve two goals with one single megaproduction: to create another Gone with the Wind and to transform his beloved Jennifer into a superstar. Selznick failed on both counts even though Duel [...] »
- Andre Soares
The mercurial Hollywood leading lady Jennifer Jones died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Malibu; she was 90. An Oscar-winner for 1944's The Song of Bernadette as well as the wife and muse of legendary producer David O. Selznick, Jones had not acted on-screen since 1974's Towering Inferno. Her life was radically turbulent, peppered with breakdowns, family crises (her and Selznick's daughter committed suicide in 1976) and memorable performances in classics including Duel in the Sun. A terrific critical profile of her career is here; TCM plans a four-film retrospective on Jan. 7. [Nyt] »
Acclaimed actress Jennifer Jones has died at age 90. The five-time Oscar nominee sprang to fame in The Song of Bernadette in 1943. She worked sparingly over the years, but several of her films, such as Love is a Many-Splendored Thing and Duel in the Sun were major financial successes. She had at one time been married to the legendary David O. Selznick. After Selznick's death in 1965, she remarried and moved to India where she concentrated on collecting art. She also spent a great deal of time in the struggle to help those afflicted with mental health illness. Jones' last film was the 1974 blockbuster The Towering Inferno. For more click here »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
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.
Jones is survived by a son, Robert Walker. »
Jennifer Jones in Duel in the Sun Jennifer Jones, the Oscar-winning star of the 1943 blockbuster The Song of Bernadette and the wife of Gone with the Wind producer David O. Selznick, died of “natural causes” earlier today at her home in Malibu. Jones was 90. In addition to her Bernadette Soubirous in Henry King’s film about the young French peasant who claimed to see and talk to the Virgin Mary, Jones also received Oscar nominations for playing Claudette Colbert’s all-American daughter in John Cromwell’s Since You Went Away (1944, in the supporting actress category), an amnesiac who may have murdered her husband in William Dieterle’s psychological noir Love Letters (1945), a wilful "half-breed" in King Vidor’s scorching Duel in [...] »
- Andre Soares
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. »
James Gray (Two Lovers) remembers going to see Walter Murch talking about his groundbreaking sound and editing work on The Conversation. John Landis (An American Werewolf in London) remembers seeing the original King Kong, a "life-changing experience." Allison Anders (Gas Food Lodging) remembers seeing an obscure Bette Davis movie with a packed house. Rian Johnson (Brick) one time just simply walked in without even knowing what was playing (it turned out to be Fellini's And the Ship Sails On). Those four, plus six other directors, shared their feelings with the Los Angeles Times on the uncertain fate of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and especially its beloved Bing Theater.
But some of the others aren't in the mood for reminiscing. John Singleton (Boyz N the Hood) says, "seeing a film like How Green Was My Valley and Duel in the Sun on the wide screen is a whole other thing. »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
12 items from 2009
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