Jeanne Crain

Actor, Model
Sweet, fresh-faced and pretty former beauty queen, who went to entered films as a 20th Century Fox starlet in 1943, before she was 20. From her earliest films ("State Fair" 1945, "Centennial Summer" 1946), Crain ... Read more »
Born: 05/25/1925 in Barstow, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

The Night God Screamed 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Last of the Private Eyes 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Madison Avenue 1962 (Movie)

Peggy Shannon (Actor)

Guns of the Timberland 1960 (Movie)

Laura Riley (Actor)

The Joker Is Wild 1957 (Movie)

Letty Page (Actor)

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956 (Movie)

Dora Temple (Actor)

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes 1955 (Movie)

Connie Jones (Actor)

Man Without a Star 1955 (Movie)

Reed Bowman (Actor)

Duel in the Jungle 1954 (Movie)

Marian Taylor (Actor)

O. Henry's Full House 1952 (Movie)

Della (Actor)

Vicki 1952 (Movie)

Jill Lynn (Actor)

Cheaper by the Dozen 1950 (Movie)

Ann Gilbreth (Actor)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

Pinky (Actor)

A Letter to Three Wives 1947 (Movie)

Deborah Bishop (Actor)

Margie 1946 (Movie)

Marjorie 'Margie' MacDuff (Actor)

In the Meantime, Darling 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Apartment for Peggy (Movie)

Peggy Taylor (Actor)

Belles on Their Toes (Movie)

Ann Gilbreth (Actor)

Centennial Summer (Movie)

Julia Rogers (Actor)

Home in Indiana (Movie)

Char (Actor)

Leave Her to Heaven (Movie)

Ruth Berent (Actor)

People Will Talk (Movie)

Debbie Higgins (Actor)

State Fair (Movie)

Margy Frake (Actor)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The Model and the Marriage Broker (Movie)

Kitty Bennett (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

You Were Meant for Me (Movie)

Peggy Mayhew (Actor)

Biography

Sweet, fresh-faced and pretty former beauty queen, who went to entered films as a 20th Century Fox starlet in 1943, before she was 20. From her earliest films ("State Fair" 1945, "Centennial Summer" 1946), Crain exclusively played wholesome, girl-next-door ingenues or young just-married women in a series of light entertainments, until she was cast against type in the Elia Kazan racial drama "Pinky" (1949), about a young black woman passing for white. In the 1950s, Crain's attempt to reshape her screen personality to a more glamourous image and more sophisticated fare met with only moderate success. She did appear in several interesting films, including Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "People Will Talk" (1951) and Jean Negulesco's "Take Care of My Little Girl" (1953). Her stardom petered out toward the end of the decade and her work since 1960 has been very sporadic. Married since 1945, she is the mother of seven children.

Relationships

Loretta Crain

Mother

Paul Brinkman

Husband
married on December 31, 1945 was sued for divorced in August 1956 reconciled in December 1956 former Warner Bros. and RKO contract player as Paul Brooks executive with missile parts manufacturing company and later at helicopter concern

Jeanine Brinkman

Daughter
born in March 1952

Lisabett Brinkman

Daughter
born in November 1957

Maria Brinkman

Daughter
born in January 1960

Christopher Brinkman

Son
born on May 25, 1965

Michael Brinkman

Son
born in January 1949

Paul Brinkman

Son
born in April 1947

Timothy Brinkman

Son
born in August 1950

George Crain

Father
became head of English department at Inglewood High School in Los Angeles

Rita Crain

Sister
born in January 1927 served as Jeanne's stand-in during the mid-1940s

EDUCATION

Inglewood High School

on class tour of RKO Studios was spotted by Orson Welles, who was preparing "The Magnificent Ambersons" and who arranged her screen test for the film

St Mary's Academy

Belleville , Illinois
played lead in school play

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1943

Screen acting debut, "Home in Indiana"

1942

Screen debut (posing in a bathing suit) in "The Gang's All Here"

1941

Named 'Camera Girl of 1942'

1940

Won Interscholastic Shakespearean Contest held at Occidental College

1940

Named Miss Long Beach (the Miss California contest) and became runner-up in Miss America finals

1940

While in high school, tested by Orson Welles for Lucy (the Anne Baxter role) in "The Magnificent Ambersons"

1926

Family moved to Los Angeles (date approximate)

Signed by 20th Century Fox for their starlet school

Beauty contests led to modeling on covers of CORONET, LADIES HOME JOURNAL and TRUE ROMANCE

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