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Jean Kent: ‘The Browning Version’ 1951, Gainsborough folds (photo: Jean Kent in ‘The Browning Version,’ with Michael Redgrave) (See previous post: “Jean Kent: Gainsborough Pictures Film Star Dead at 92.”) Seemingly stuck in Britain, Jean Kent’s other important leads of the period came out in 1948: John Paddy Carstairs’ Alfred Hitchcock-esque thriller Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948), with spies on board the Orient Express, and Gordon Parry’s ensemble piece Bond Street. Following two minor 1950 comedies, Her Favorite Husband / The Taming of Dorothy and The Reluctant Widow / The Inheritance, Kent’s movie stardom was virtually over, though she would still have one major film role in store. In what is probably her best remembered and most prestigious effort, Jean Kent played Millie Crocker-Harris, the unsympathetic, adulterous wife of unfulfilled teacher Michael Redgrave, in Anthony Asquith’s 1951 film version of Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version — a Javelin Films production »
- Andre Soares
British film and television actress Jean Kent has died after suffering a fall, per UK reports. She was 92. Kent made her name in the 1940s and 1950s starring in a number of melodramas from Gainsborough Pictures, including Fanny By Gaslight, Bees In Paradise, Madonna of the Seven Moons, and The Wicked Lady. On another Gainsborough film, 1946′s Caravan, she met actor and future husband Josef Ramart. They starred together again in the 1949 musical comedy Trottie True. Kent moved into television in the 1950s, appearing in shows including Epilogue to Capricorn, Sir Francis Drake, and Thicker Than Water. Notable film roles came opposite Marilyn Monroe in The Prince and the Showgirl and in Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
London — Jean Kent, one of the biggest British film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 92.
Kent was injured in a fall at her home in Suffolk, England, on Thursday, and died in hospital in Bury St. Edmunds on Friday.
She rose to fame playing in a series of costume melodramas for Gainsborough Pictures in the 1940s, such as “Fanny By Gaslight,” in which she starred with James Mason and Stewart Granger. She went on to appear in 45 films.
Among her notable perfs were “The Prince and the Showgirl” (1957), in which she co-starred with Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe, and “The Browning Version” (1951), where she played alongside Michael Redgrave.
She was honored by the British Film Institute on her 90th birthday in 2011.
Her friend Michael Thornton, an author and former film critic, told the Daily Telegraph: “She knew what it meant to be a star, and regarded »
- Leo Barraclough
Actress Jean Kent, whose film and television career in the U.K. spanned over five decades, died at age 92, BBC News reported. Family friend Michael Thornton shared the news, stating that the actress suffered an injury at her home in Suffolk and passed away at a hospital. Kent's roles included turns in Caravan (1946) and The Browning Version (1951), as well as appearing alongside Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). The British Film Institute honored Kent in 2011. When asked at the ceremony if she had a message for fans, the actress recalled her
- THR Staff
[Editor's note: Please welcome our newest contributor to Slackerwood, Matt Shiverdecker.]
There's an incredibly diverse slate of repertory films in town over the next week, starting with the continuation of the Traveling Circus series from the Austin Film Society. You'll want to head to the Marchesa for Max Ophuls' Lola Montes, a gorgeous Cinemascope spectacle bursting with colors that will leap off the screen in 35mm, tonight and Sunday night (Elizabeth's preview). For those of you who recently watched HBO's Love, Marilyn documentary, you won't want to miss out on Tuesday night's Essential Cinema selection of The Prince And The Showgirl, also screening at the Marchesa in 35mm.
The Paramount's Summer Film Series continues to serve up an eclectic batch of films over the next week including Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire and a digital screening of Truffaut's new wave classic The 400 Blows at the Stateside, both happening tonight. Also on deck, an Audrey Hepburn double feature Saturday »
- Matt Shiverdecker
"Frightened? Child, you're talking to a man who's laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom, and chuckled at catastrophe ... I was petrified." –'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)
Greetings from the apocalypse! As North Korea readies their nukes for a pre-emptive strike against the U.S., and Dennis Rodman plays a game of pick-up basketball with supreme leader Kim Jong-un with the very survival of the planet on the line, I'm ready for a solid weekend of moviegoing. How about you? Sure you are. If you're really worried about Kim's missiles made out of Campbell's Soup cans and old Sony Walkmans, then go to Home Depot and grab a 30-dollar tarp to cover your roof with. That oughta do the trick.
Friday, March 8
- Max Evry
Michelle Williams, currently starring as good witch Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful, has racked up an impressive filmography since first coming to public attention for her role in Dawson's Creek (although some film fans might also remember a few notable pre-Dawson roles).
Here's some highlights from her film career, including recommendations from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @stugone, @Ben_Smith_123 and @eamonngriffin
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Michelle played Marilyn Monroe opposite Kenneth Branagh's Laurence Olivier, in a film charting the making of ill-fated light comed The Prince and the Showgirl. In his review, Peter Bradshaw said: "In art as in life, Olivier's spotlight is taken away by Marilyn, played terrifically »
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