Jeanne Crain

Happy birthday to actress JeanneCrainJeanne Crain, born May 25, 1925 in Barstow, CA.  Crain’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was 9 years old, where as a young teen, she took an interest in acting and eventually studied drama at UCLA.  In 1943 she landed a small uncredited part in the film, The Gang’s All Here.  Her first substantial role was in Home in Indiana (1944), which led to star billing in In the Meantime, Darling (1944).  Unfortunately, the latter was a flop and critics panned Crain’s performance.  However, later that year she managed to recover with a strong showing in Winged Victory (1944).  The following year, Crain starred in the musical State Fair (1945), which would be the first of several Hollywood musicals to feature her.  Crain primarily appeared in comedies and romances, but her dramatic turn in Pinky (1949) earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.  Other notable films include: Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) with Myrna Loy, People Will Talk (1951) with Cary Grant, and The Joker is Wild (1957) with Frank Sinatra.  Crain also ventured into film noir territory four times:  Leave Her to Heaven (1945-color) with Gene Tierney, Dangerous Crossing (1953) with Michael Rennie, Vicki (1953) with Jean Peters, and The Tattered Dress (1957) with Jeff Chandler.  In the 1960s, Crain appeared in fewer than ten films, and was seen only sporadically on television.  Her final film role was in Skyjacked (1972).  Crain died of a heart attack in 2003 at age 78.

 

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