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Beautiful, Lighthearted Fox Star Suffered Many Real-Life Tragedies

Jeanne Crain: Lighthearted movies vs. real life tragedies (photo: Madeleine Carroll and Jeanne Crain in ‘The Fan’) (See also: "Jeanne Crain: From ‘Pinky’ Inanity to ‘MargieMagic.") Unlike her characters in Margie, Home in Indiana, State Fair, Centennial Summer, The Fan, and Cheaper by the Dozen (and its sequel, Belles on Their Toes), or even in the more complex A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk, Jeanne Crain didn’t find a romantic Happy Ending in real life. In the mid-’50s, Crain accused her husband, former minor actor Paul Brooks aka Paul Brinkman, of infidelity, of living off her earnings, and of brutally beating her. The couple reportedly were never divorced because of their Catholic faith. (And at least in the ’60s, unlike the humanistic, progressive-thinking Margie, Crain was a “conservative” Republican who supported Richard Nixon.) In the early ’90s, she lost two of her
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Top 7 Films Based on Memoirs

We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.

When a famous person writes about her life it’s an autobiography, when a normal person does, it’s a memoir. Last weekend saw the release of Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo based on Benjamin Mee’s beautiful memoir. Here are seven other films, based on memoirs from normal folks with interesting stories in the hands of good filmmakers.

7. Cheaper By the Dozen (1950)

Recap: Unlike the 2003 remake, the original Cheaper By the Dozen film follows the Gilbreth family of New Jersey which had 12 children. Their efficiency expert father, Frank (Clifton Webb) attempts to raise his family as he would run a factory, with mixed results. As one would expect, things break down when it comes to teenagers.

Reason: Frank Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth wrote this memoir of their childhood as two of a dozen children which I had the fortune
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