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Jean Arthur (I) (1900–1991)


This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York, 20 miles south of the ... See full bio »

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(age 90) in Carmel, California, USA

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Known For

The More the Merrier
The More the Merrier Connie Milligan
(1943)
Shane
Shane Marian Starrett
(1953)
A Foreign Affair
A Foreign Affair Congresswoman Phoebe Frost
(1948)

Filmography

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 1966 The Jean Arthur Show (TV Series)
Patricia Marshall
- The Lady and the Gangster (1966) ... Patricia Marshall
- Along Came a Spider (1966) ... Patricia Marshall
- With This Hood I Thee Wed (1966) ... Patricia Marshall
- A Slight Case of Music (1966) ... Patricia Marshall
- Rocky, Take a Letter (1966) ... Patricia Marshall
 1965 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Julie Blane
- Thursday's Child (1965) ... Julie Blane
 1953 Shane
Marian Starrett
 1948 A Foreign Affair
Congresswoman Phoebe Frost
 1944 The Impatient Years
Janie Anderson
 1943 A Lady Takes a Chance
Molly J. Truesdale
 1943 The More the Merrier
Connie Milligan
 1942 The Talk of the Town
Nora Shelley
 1941 The Devil and Miss Jones
Mary Jones
 1940 Arizona
Phoebe Titus
 1940 Too Many Husbands
Vicky Lowndes
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings
Bonnie Lee
 1938 You Can't Take It with You
Alice Sycamore
 1938 Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 12 (Documentary short)
Jean Arthur
 1937 Easy Living
Mary Smith
 1937 History Is Made at Night
Irene Vail
 1936 More Than a Secretary
Carol Baldwin
 1936 The Plainsman
Calamity Jane
 1936 Adventure in Manhattan
Claire Peyton
 1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford
Paula Bradford
 1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Babe Bennett
 1935 If You Could Only Cook
Joan Hawthorne
 1935 The Public Menace
Cassie Nicholls
 1935 Diamond Jim
Jane Matthews / Emma
 1935 Public Hero Number 1
Maria Theresa O'Reilly
 1935 Party Wire
Marge Oliver
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking
Miss Wilhelmina Clark
 1934 The Defense Rests
Joan Hayes
 1934 Most Precious Thing in Life
Ellen Holmes, aka Biddy, Babe
 1934 Whirlpool
Sandra Rankin Morrison
 1933 Get That Venus
Margaret Rendleby
 1933 The Past of Mary Holmes
Joan Hoyt
 1931 Ex-Bad Boy
Ethel Simmons
 1931 The Lawyer's Secret
Beatrice Stevens
 1931 The Virtuous Husband
Barbara Olwell
 1931 The Gang Buster
Sylvia Martine
 1930 The Silver Horde
Mildred Wayland
 1930 Danger Lights
Mary Ryan
 1930 The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu
Lia Eltham
 1930 Paramount on Parade
Sweetheart - Episode 'Dream Girl'
 1930 Young Eagles
Mary Gordon
 1930 Street of Chance
Judith Marsden
 1929 Half Way to Heaven
Greta Nelson
 1929 The Saturday Night Kid
Janie Barry
 1929 The Greene Murder Case
Ada Greene
 1929 The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu
Lia Eltham
 1929 Stairs of Sand
Ruth Hutt
 1929 The Canary Murder Case
Alice LaFosse
 1928 Sins of the Fathers
Mary Spengler
 1928 Brotherly Love
Mary
 1928 Warming Up
Mary Post
 1928 Wallflowers
Sandra
 1927 Flying Luck
The Girl
 1927 The Masked Menace
Faith
 1927 The Poor Nut
Margie Blake
 1927 Bigger and Better Blondes (Short)
 1927 Horse Shoes
Miss Baker
 1927 The Broken Gate
Ruth Hale
 1927 Hello Lafayette (Short)
 1927 Husband Hunters
Lettie Crane
 1927 Winners of the Wilderness
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1926 The Block Signal
Grace Ryan
 1926 The College Boob
Angela Boothby
 1926 The Cowboy Cop
Virginia Selby
 1926 Twisted Triggers
Ruth Regan
 1926 Lightning Bill
Marie Denton
 1926 Double Daring
Marie Wells
 1926 Ridin' Rivals (Short)
Ruth Burroghs (as Miss Jean Arthur)
 1926 The Mad Racer (Short)
 1926 Eight-Cylinder Bull (Short)
 1926 The Fighting Cheat
Ruth Wells
 1926 Born to Battle
Eunice Morgan
 1926 The Roaring Rider
Mary Watkins (as Miss Jean Arthur)
 1926 Under Fire
Margaret Cranston
 1925 Thundering Through
Ruth Burroughs
 1925 The Hurricane Horseman
June Mathews
 1925 A Man of Nerve
Loria Gatlin
 1925 Tearin' Loose
Sally Harris
 1925 The Fighting Smile
Rose Craddock
 1925 The Drug Store Cowboy
Jean
 1925 Seven Chances
Miss Smith - Office Receptionist (uncredited)
 1924 Travelin' Fast
Betty Conway
 1924 Thundering Romance
Mary Watkins
 1924 Bringin' Home the Bacon
Nancy Norton
 1924 Biff Bang Buddy
Bonnie Norton
 1924 Fast and Fearless
Mary Brown
 1924 The Iron Horse
Reporter (uncredited)
 1924 Wine of Youth
Flapper (uncredited)
 1924 The Powerful Eye (Short)
Dud's Sweetheart
 1924 Case Dismissed (Short)
 1923/II Spring Fever (Short)
 1923 Monks a la Mode (Short)
Madame Maxine
 1923 Somebody Lied (Short)
 1923 The Temple of Venus
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1923 Cameo Kirby
Ann Playdell
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Peter Pan"; final Broadway role) in "Peter Pan" on Broadway (revival). Written by J.M. Barrie. Music / lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. Music arranged by Trude Rittman. Music orchestrated by Hershy Kay. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Ralph Alswang. Costume Design by Motley. Flying Supervisor: Peter Foy. Associate ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 9 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Miss Jean Arthur

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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Personal Quote:

First I played ingénues and western heroines; then I played western heroines and ingénues. That diet of roles became as monotonous as a diet of spinach. The studio wouldn't trust me with any other kind of role, because I had no experience in any other kind. And I didn't see how I was ever going to acquire any other experience if I couldn't get any other kind of role. It was a vicious circle. See more »

Trivia:

At the Yale Law School Film Society weekend with Frank Capra in 1972, she attended a small afternoon symposium on Saturday, February 5, at Capra's invitation. He urged her to stay for the screening that night, and assured her the audience would be delighted and overwhelmingly enthusiastic. She declined because, she said, she had to go home and feed her cats. See more »

Trademark:

A distinctive voice: sometimes high-pitched, sometimes husky See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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