Thursday, May 8, 2014

Jeanne Crain Celebrate her birthday May 25

Jeanne Crain starred alongside Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Vincent Price, Kirk Douglas  Dana Andrews, Dick Haymes, Linda Darnell, Ann Sothern, Ethel Barrymore, Ethel Waters, Cary Grant, Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford.

Her birthday was May 25, 1925.

Modern Screen May 1951
Jeanne Craine cover

Video included:
  • A high school amateur bathing beauty pageant
  • People Will Talk movie trailer
  • Pinky movie trailer
  • What's My Line Mystery guest appearance 1954

She appeared on the cover of the August 1945 edition of Yank Magazine.

While in high school, she was entering beauty pageants, enjoying ice skating and already auditioning for movie roles.

She was crowned Miss Pan Pacific at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Who will win the Miss Camera Girl 1942 amateur bathing beauty contest in Long Beach California??

Crain is well known for her roles in films like State Fair (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein), Margie, Letter to Three Wives, Leave Her to Heaven and Cheaper by the Dozen. In State Fair, her voice was dubbed by Louanne Hogan.

Joseph L. Mankiewicz wrote and directed both A Letter to Three Wives and People Will Talk. He won both the Best Director and Best Writing Screenplay Academy Awards in 1950 for A Letter to Three Wives. He'd received a nomination for producing The Philadelphia Story years earlier.

Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews Autographed Photo

The following year he did it again. He won both the Best Director and Best Writing Screenplay Academy Awards in 1951 for All About Eve with Bette Davis.

People Will Talk was filmed March-May 1951. It opened on August 29, of that year. Crain appeared on different magazine covers, including Modern Screen.

People Will Talk trailer: with Cary Grant, Hume Cronyn, Finlay Currie

In 1949, she starred in Pinky with Ethel Barrymore and Ethel Waters. Jeanne Crain received an Academy Award nomination for her work in this movie.

Crain was the Mystery Guest on television show What's My Line in May 1954


Related pages of interest:

Nurses in Drama Films : includes Pinky

Hume Cronyn One Life, a Boatload of Characters

Bringing Up Cary Grant and the Oscars

Joseph L. Mankiewicz: Critical Essays with an Annotated Bibliography and a Filmography

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