Jean Peters

Actor
One of many photogenic young women recruited by Hollywood during the 1940s, Jean Peters jumped right into lead roles her first time out via the Technicolor epic "Captain from Castile" (1947). Gifted with the sort of ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1926 in Canton, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (16)

Arthur Hailey's "The Moneychangers" 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man Called Peter 1955 (Movie)

Catherine Marshall (Actor)

Apache 1954 (Movie)

Nalinle (Actor)

Broken Lance 1954 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Niagara 1953 (Movie)

Polly Cutler (Actor)

Pickup on South Street 1953 (Movie)

Candy (Actor)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

Susan Goodwin (Actor)

Vicki 1952 (Movie)

Vicki Lynn (Actor)

Viva Zapata! 1952 (Movie)

Josefa--Zapata's Wife (Actor)

As Young As You Feel 1950 (Movie)

Alice Hodges (Actor)

It Happens Every Spring 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captain from Castile (Movie)

Catana Perez (Actor)

Deep Waters (Movie)

Ann Freeman (Actor)

Love That Brute (Movie)

Ruth Manning (Actor)

Peter and Paul (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of many photogenic young women recruited by Hollywood during the 1940s, Jean Peters jumped right into lead roles her first time out via the Technicolor epic "Captain from Castile" (1947). Gifted with the sort of face that prompted studio executives to offer instant movie contracts, Peters was never very comfortable with the sort of beauty queen image Fox wanted and was essentially a tomboy off-screen. While Peters often expressed disdain for the parts Fox assigned, she was almost invariably able to fulfill their requirements and registered favorably in pictures as varied as the comedic "It Happens Every Spring" (1949), Elia Kazan's superb biopic "Viva Zapata!" (1952), the film noir classic "Pickup on South Street" (1953), and the picturesque romantic drama "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954). Ultimately, however, she decided to retire from acting in the mid-1950s at the young age of 29, despite having many more viable years as a leading lady. She eventually resurfaced after more than two decades out of the spotlight, but only appeared in a handful of television projects before retreating back into private life. Peters was a capable actress with excellent screen presence and some fine performances to her credit, but in later years, she was remembered more for her 14-year tenure as the wife of eccentric mogul Howard Hughes.

Relationships

Father
died c. 1937

Mother

Stuart W Cramer III

Husband
married on May 29, 1954 divorced on December 9, 1955

Shirley Cook

Sister
born c. 1933 survived her

Stanley Hough

Husband
married from August 1971 until his death in 1990 first met when he was an assistant director on "Captain From Castile"

Howard Hughes Producer

Husband
Met in 1946 married on May 13, 1957 divorced in 1971 died in 1976

EDUCATION

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio
dropped out when she won Miss Ohio State contest and a trip to Hollywood

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan
attended one year on scholarship

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California
attended during her marriage to Howard Hughes; left school just one course shy of her degree

Milestones

1984

Made guest appearance on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

1981

Acted in the CBS TV-movie "Peter and Paul", produced by her husband Stan Hough

1976

Made rare network TV appearance in the NBC miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'"

1973

Returned to acting in the public television production of Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio"

1970

Revealed divorce from Hughes

1957

Secretly married Howard Hughes

1955

Won critical acclaim for her performance in "A Man Called Peter", in what was to be her final film

1953

Co-starred in Samuel Fuller's "Pickup on South Street"

1952

Cast opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata!"

1951

Received top billing in "Anne of the Indies"

1947

Feature acting debut, "Captain From Castile", opposite Tyrone Power

1946

Won the Miss Ohio State popularity contest and received a trip to Hollywood

Raised on a farm in Ohio

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