Jean Arthur

Actor, Model, Teacher
After a brief time on the New York stage, Jean Arthur made her feature film debut in John Ford's "Cameo Kirby" (1923) and appeared as an ingenue in numerous low-budget silent westerns and comedy shorts. Arthur's smooth ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1900 in Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey 1985 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Jean Arthur Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Shane 1953 (Movie)

Marian Starrett (Actor)

A Foreign Affair 1948 (Movie)

Phoebe Frost (Actor)

A Lady Takes a Chance 1943 (Movie)

Molly J. Truesdale (Actor)

The Devil and Miss Jones 1940 (Movie)

Mary [Jones] (Actor)

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939 (Movie)

Clarissa Saunders (Actor)

Too Many Husbands 1939 (Movie)

(Actor)

You Can't Take It With You 1938 (Movie)

Alice Sycamore (Actor)

Easy Living 1936 (Movie)

Mary Smith (Actor)

The Plainsman 1936 (Movie)

Calamity Jane (Actor)

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town 1935 (Movie)

Babe Bennett (Actor)

Seven Chances 1925 (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

Adventure in Manhattan (Movie)

Claire Peyton (Actor)

Arizona (Movie)

Phoebe Titus (Actor)

Born to Battle (Movie)

Eunice Morgan (Actor)

Cowboy Cop (TV Show)

Actor

Danger Lights (Movie)

Mary Ryan (Actor)

Diamond Jim (Movie)

Jane Matthews (Actor)

Fast and Fearless (Movie)

Mary Brown (Actor)

Flying Luck (Movie)

The Girl (Actor)

History is Made at Night (Movie)

Irene Vail (Actor)

Horse Shoes (Movie)

Miss Baker (Actor)

If You Could Only Cook (Movie)

Joan Hawthorne (Actor)

More Than a Secretary (Movie)

Carol Baldwin (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Sins of the Fathers (Movie)

Mary Spengler (Actor)

Street of Chance (Movie)

Judith Marsden (Actor)

The Canary Murder Case (Movie)

Alice LaFosse (Actor)

The Defense Rests (Movie)

Joan Hayes (Actor)

The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (Movie)

Paula Bradford (Actor)

The Gang Buster (Movie)

Sylvia Martine (Actor)

The Greene Murder Case (Movie)

Ada Greene (Actor)

The Impatient Years (Movie)

Janie Anderson (Actor)

The Masked Menace (Movie)

(Actor)

The More the Merrier (Movie)

Connie Milligan (Actor)

The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu (Movie)

Lila Eltham (Actor)

The Saturday Night Kid (Movie)

Janie (Actor)

The Silver Horde (Movie)

Mildred Wayland (Actor)

Warming Up (Movie)

Mary Post (Actor)

Whirlpool (Movie)

Sandra Morrison (Actor)

Whole Town's Talking (Movie)

Wilhelmina "Bill" Clark (Actor)

Biography

After a brief time on the New York stage, Jean Arthur made her feature film debut in John Ford's "Cameo Kirby" (1923) and appeared as an ingenue in numerous low-budget silent westerns and comedy shorts. Arthur's smooth transition to sound was aided by her nasal voice, sometimes sexy, other times squeaky, and she won immense popularity in John Ford's "The Whole Town's Talking" (1935). A deft comedienne and prickly, sometimes tomboyish heroine, she hit her peak post-1935 playing a string of down-to-earth, independent types, often working women, and costarring in three celebrated Frank Capra films: "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938) and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939).

Relationships

Julian Anker

Husband
married 1928 divorced

Frank Ross

Husband
married in 1932 divorced in 1949

David Selznick

Companion

EDUCATION

at peak of career in the mid-1940s, began studying many liberal-arts subjects at colleges

George Washington High School

New York

Milestones

1985

Appeared as herself in the feature documentary, "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey"

1966

Starred as a lawyer on short-lived TV series, "The Jean Arthur Show"

1953

Again returned to films to star in her last, George Stevens' western "Shane", opposite Van Heflin and Alan Ladd

1950

Returned to Broadway in Leonard Bernstein's "Peter Pan"

1948

Returned to films to play a starring role opposite Marlene Dietrich and John Lund in Billy Wilder's "A Foreign Affair"

1943

Last film for four years, "The Impatient Years"

1941

First film with director George Stevens, "The Talk of the Town"

1939

Last film with Capra, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"

1934

Signed with Columbia Pictures and re-launched career

1932

Dissatisfied with Hollywood career, returned to NY stage

1928

First leading film role in "Warming Up"

1923

Feature film debut in John Ford's "Cameo Kirby"

1923

Screen debut in short, "Somebody Lied"

Achieved full-fledged star status with roles in "The Whole Town's Talking" (1935), "If You Could Only Cook" (1935), "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town" (1936), the latter her first of three films with director Frank Capra

Taught drama at Vassar and North Carolina School of the Arts from the late 1960s to 1973

Quit school to become a model which led to minor roles in the New York theater

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