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Jeanne Crain

Biography

She was cast being a girl-next-door character in a number of movies, including Condition Good and Leave Her to Heaven, and was crowned Miss Skillet Pacific early in her career. She was a fantastic glaciers skater, and debuted within the Gang’s All Right here. She received vital acclaim in Winged Success. She wedded Paul Brinkman in 1946, as well as the couple acquired seven kids. She and Donna Reed had been both energetic Republican actresses.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jeanne Crain
Date Of Birth May 25, 1925
Died December 14, 2003, Santa Barbara, California, United States
Place Of Birth Barstow, CA
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Inglewood High School
Nationality American
Spouse Paul Brinkman
Children Christopher Brinkman, Paul F. Brinkman Jr., Michael Brinkman, Maria Brinkman, Jeanine Brinkman, Timothy Brinkman, Lisabette Brinkman
Parents Loretta Carr, George A. Crain
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress
Movies State Fair, Leave Her to Heaven, A Letter to Three Wives, People Will Talk, Margie, Belles on Their Toes, Apartment for Peggy, Man Without a Star, Cheaper by the Dozen, In the Meantime, Darling, Centennial Summer, The Fastest Gun Alive, Take Care of My Little Girl, Home in Indiana, The Joker Is Wild, Dangerous Crossing, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, The Model and the Marriage Broker, Hot Rods to Hell, Guns of the Timberland, Skyjacked, You Were Meant for Me, Vicki, The Fan, O. Henry's Full House, The Tattered Dress, Duel in the Jungle, Winged Victory, City of Bad Men, Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile, The Second Greatest Sex, Twenty Plus Two, The Night God Screamed, Madison Avenue, Pontius Pilate, Daggers of Blood
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1Was pregnant with her second child (son Michael) during the filming of A Letter to Three Wives (1949).
2Loved to ice skate.
3Spent much of October 1960 involved in the Republican campaign to defeat John F. Kennedy for US President, along with such notables as Walt Disney, James Stewart, Randolph Scott, Jerry Lewis, Ward Bond, George Murphy, Clifton Webb, Troy Donahue, Donna Reed, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Laraine Day, Robert Mitchum and Wendell Corey.
4Her youngest child, son Christopher Brinkman, was the original lead guitarist for the rock group Jane's Addiction (1985-1986). He died of a drug overdose in 1997.
5Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 108-109. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
6In Italy most of her films were dubbed by either Dhia Cristiani or Rosetta Calavetta. She was occasionally dubbed by Renata Marini, most notably in A Letter to Three Wives (1949); and once by Lidia Simoneschi in The Joker Is Wild (1957).
7Died ten years to the day after her Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) co-star Myrna Loy.
8In the book "More About All About Eve", Joseph L. Mankiewicz states in an interview that the studio wanted her for the part of Eve Harrington, but he refused to cast her, saying she was a pretty and hard-working young woman, but not much of an actress.
9Played a character named Deborah in two Joseph L. Mankiewicz films: A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and People Will Talk (1951). Mankiewicz, who did not particularly care for Crain, once remarked, "I don't like the name Deborah, and I don't like Jeanne Crain."
10Crain, who starred in the original Cheaper by the Dozen (1950), passed away just 12 days before the release of the remake of the that film, Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), starring Steve Martin.
11In her retirement years, she and her husband spent most of their time working at two of their ranches.
12Two of her children, Michael and Christopher, died before she did.
13By the time she left Fox studios in 1956, she was making $3,500 a week (equivalent to $30,000 a week in 2014).
14Won the "Miss Camera Girl of 1942" title in Long Beach, Florida, and given a contract by Fox.
15On the eve of their 11th anniversary, the couple reconciled, but the marriage remained rocky for some time (30 December 1956).
16On Aug. 6, 1956, she obtained an interlocutory divorce decree, each spouse claiming the other has been unfaithful. She also claimed Brooks had been abusive.
17Children with Paul Brooks: Paul Brinkman (b. 6 April 1947), Michael (b. 21 January 1949), Timothy (b. 2 August 1950), Jeanine (b. 5 March 1952), Lisabette (b. 21 November 1958), Maria (b. 10 January 1961), Christopher (b. 5 May 1965).
18Long-time husband Paul Brooks was an RKO contract player at one time, briefly appearing in Those Endearing Young Charms (1945). His real name was Paul Brinkmnan, and he gave up his acting career to become a highly successful businessman.
19Devoutly Catholic mother of 7.seven.
20Although frequently cast in musicals, she herself was not a singer. Louanne Hogan was specifically under contract so that she could dub the singing in all her musicals.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Skyjacked1972Mrs. Clara Shaw
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972TV SeriesLily MacMurdy
The Night God Screamed1971Fanny Pierce
The Name of the Game1968TV SeriesMrs. McKendricks
The Danny Thomas Hour1968TV SeriesFrances Merrill
Hot Rods to Hell1967Peg Phillips
Burke's Law1964-1965TV SeriesLorraine Turner / Polly Martin / Amy Booth
The Dick Powell Theatre1963TV SeriesElsie
Insight1963TV Series
The Christophers1963TV Series
His Model Wife1962TV MovieJeanne Lauren
The Comedy Spot1962TV Series
Invasion 17001962Helen
The United States Steel Hour1960-1962TV SeriesJill Gardner
General Electric Theater1960-1962TV SeriesMarion Miller / Hope
Pontius Pilate1962Claudia Procula
Nefertite, regina del Nilo1961Nefertiti
Twenty Plus Two1961Linda Foster
Madison Avenue1961Peggy Shannon
Guns of the Timberland1960Laura Riley
Riverboat1959TV SeriesLaura Sutton
Goodyear Theatre1959TV SeriesLila Babrek
Meet Me in St. Louis1959TV MovieRose Smith
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV SeriesRuth Elliot
Playhouse 901958TV SeriesDaisy Buchanan
The Joker Is Wild1957Letty Page
The Tattered Dress1957Diane Blane
The Fastest Gun Alive1956Dora Temple
The Ford Television Theatre1956TV SeriesJoyce Randall
Star Stage1955TV SeriesNancy
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes1955Connie Jones / Mitzi Jones
The Second Greatest Sex1955Liza McClure
Man Without a Star1955Reed Bowman
Duel in the Jungle1954Marian Taylor
Dangerous Crossing1953Ruth Stanton Bowman
City of Bad Men1953Linda Culligan
Vicki1953Jill Lynn
O. Henry's Full House1952Della (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
Belles on Their Toes1952Ann Gilbreth
The Model and the Marriage Broker1951Kitty Bennett
People Will Talk1951Deborah Higgins
Take Care of My Little Girl1951Liz Erickson
Cheaper by the Dozen1950Ann Gilbreth
Pinky1949Patricia 'Pinky' Johnson
The Fan1949Lady Margaret 'Meg' Windermere
A Letter to Three Wives1949Deborah Bishop
Apartment for Peggy1948Peggy Taylor
You Were Meant for Me1948Peggy Mayhew
Margie1946Marjorie 'Margie' MacDuff
Centennial Summer1946Julia Rogers
Leave Her to Heaven1945Ruth Berent
State Fair1945Margy Frake
Winged Victory1944Helen
In the Meantime, Darling1944Margaret 'Maggie' Preston
Home in Indiana1944'Char' Bruce
The Gang's All Here1943Chorus Girl / Pool Party Guest (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes1955performer: "My Funny Valentine", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "I Wanna Be Loved by You", "Daddy", "Ain't Misbehavin'"
The Second Greatest Sex1955performer: "LYSISTRATA"
Belles on Their Toes1952performer: "Lazy", "Love's Old Sweet Song Just a Song at Twilight", "Beans, Beans, Beans", "Doin' the Raccoon", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "When You Wore a Tulip and I Wore a Big Red Rose"
Apartment for Peggy1948performer: "I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls" - uncredited
Margie1946performer: "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS", "APRIL SHOWERS"
Centennial Summer1946performer: "The Right Romance", "Up with the Lark", "All Through the Day", "In Love in Vain" - uncredited
State Fair1945"THAT'S FOR ME" / performer: "IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING", "IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Merv Griffin Show1973TV SeriesHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Irv Kupcinet Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Movie Game1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
You Don't Say1964TV SeriesHerself
Stump the Stars1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist
Celebrity Talent Scouts1960TV SeriesHerself
I've Got a Secret1959TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1954-1959TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
You Bet Your Life1957TV SeriesHerself - 1958 DeSoto Ad / Herself - 1957 DeSoto Ad
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1956TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Show1955TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHerself
Dateline: Disneyland1955TV Special documentaryHerself
I'll Get By1950Herself (uncredited)
The All-Star Bond Rally1945ShortHerself (Pinup Girl)
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Classified X1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies1996TV Movie documentaryHerself, costume test
Biography1995TV Series documentaryActress 'Pinky'
Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti1977DocumentaryNefertiti (as J. Crain)
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1955TV SeriesHerself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1950OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RolePinky (1949)


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#Quote
1I loved being at the studio [20th Century-Fox]. After all, I started at 15, and I grew up there. But there comes a time when an actress stays too long in the same place. People get used to having you around, and they can't think of you in a different light.


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