Jennifer Jones

Actor, Hat model, Art collector
She was the proverbial middle-American beauty made an overnight star by the smitten Hollywood big shot, and made good on it with five Oscar nominations and one statue. Only a few years after he had made Vivien Leigh the ... Read more »
Born: 03/02/1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Boardwalk Empire 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Performer

The Towering Inferno 1973 (Movie)

Lisolette (Actor)

Angel, Angel Down We Go 1969 (Movie)

Astrid Steele (Actor)

The Idol 1965 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Tender Is the Night 1962 (Movie)

Nicole Diver (Actor)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

Nurse Catherine Berkley (Actor)

The Barretts of Wimpole Street 1957 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Betsy (Actor)

Good Morning, Miss Dove 1955 (Movie)

Miss Dove (Actor)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing 1955 (Movie)

Han Suyin (Actor)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

Gwendolen Chelm (Actor)

Gone to Earth 1951 (Movie)

Hazel Woodus (Actor)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portrait of Jennie 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cluny Brown 1946 (Movie)

Cluny Brown (Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Frontier 1938 (Movie)

Celia Braddock (Actor)

Dick Tracy's G-Men (Movie)

Owen (Actor)

Love Letters (Movie)

Singleton/Victoria Remington (Actor)

Madame Bovary (Movie)

Emma Bovary (Actor)

Ruby Gentry (Movie)

Ruby Corey/Ruby Gentry (Actor)

Since You Went Away (Movie)

Jane Hilton (Actor)

We Were Strangers (Movie)

China Valdes (Actor)

Biography

She was the proverbial middle-American beauty made an overnight star by the smitten Hollywood big shot, and made good on it with five Oscar nominations and one statue. Only a few years after he had made Vivien Leigh the dark-horse victor of his Scarlett O'Hara sweepstakes, David O. Selznick unveiled Jennifer Jones as his latest discovery in "The Song of Bernadette" in 1943, an American film debut that, like Leigh's, would earn her the Best Actress accolade at the next year's Academy Awards. Selznick's singular, often clumsy obsession with Jones' career would make her a staple lead in overwrought, star-compromised romances such as "Duel In the Sun" (1946), "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" (1955) and "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit" (1956), as well the subject of the storied producer's own romantic zeal - yielding an enigmatic legacy of a movie star whose talents and body of work remain clouded by the choices made for her.

Relationships

Phil Isley

Father
with wife ran the Isley Stock Company after 1929, bought several movie theaters

Flora Isley

Mother
with husband operated the Isley Stock Company

David O Selznick Producer

Husband
Married from July 1949 until his death on June 22, 1965

Mary Selznick

Daughter
born on August 12, 1954 committed suicide on May 11, 1976

Norton Simon

Husband
born on February 5, 1907 Married from May 1971 until his death on June 1, 1993

Robert Walker Actor

Husband
Met in 1938 when they were fellow students at AADA

Michael Walker

Son
born on March 13, 1941

Robert Walker

Son
born on April 15, 1940 father Robert Walker

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York 1937 - 1938
Dropped out

Group Theater

New York , New York
Studied with Sanford Meisner

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
Attended one term

Edgemore Public School

Oklahoma City , Oklahoma

Monte Cassino Junior College

Tulsa , Oklahoma
Operated by Benedictine sisters

Milestones

1974

Played a supporting role as Fred Astaire's love interest in the all-star "The Towering Inferno"; final film role

1968

Last film for five years, the dreadful "Angel, Angel Down We Go"

1966

After Selznick's death, returned to filmmaking following a four-year absence in "The Idol"

1962

Returned to films after a five-year absence to play the leading role in "Tender Is the Night"

1957

Last film for five years, "A Farewell to Arms", produced by David O. Selznick

1957

Cast as Elizabeth Barrett Browning in "The Barretts of Wimpole Street"

1955

Earned fifth Academy Award nomination for leading role in "Love Is a Many Splendored Thing"

1952

Played title role of "Carrie", based on Theodore Dreiser's novel

1949

Played "Madame Bovary"

1948

Reteamed with Joseph Cotton in the romantic "Portrait of Jennie"

1946

Starred in "Duel in the Sun"; garnered third Best Actress Oscar nomination

1944

Earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination as an amnesiac in "Love Letters", co-starring Joseph Cotten

1943

Reportedly offered title role in "Laura"; Selznick declined it

1943

First film produced personally by David O. Selznick, "Since You Went Away"; starred opposite Robert Walker; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1942

Achieved star status with her performance in the title role of "The Song of Bernadette", a film biography of the young woman who claimed to see a vision of the Virgin Mary; received Best Actress Oscar

1941

Changed name to Jennifer Jones in January

1940

Acted on stage in Santa Barbara in "Hello Out There"; billed as Phylis Walker

1940

With Walker, moved to NYC

1939

Signed contract with Republic Pictures

1939

After marriage to Robert Walker, moved to California

1939

Film acting debut alongside John Wayne in "New Frontier"; made second film "Dick Tracy's G-Men"; billed as Phylis Isley

1938

Hosted own local radio program in Tulsa, Oklahoma, "The Phylis Isley Radio Theater"; ran for 13 weeks

1937

Moved to NYC to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Raised in Oklahoma

Had purchased the screen rights to Larry McMurtry's "Terms of Endearment"; relinquished them when she was told she was too old for the role of Aurora Greenway

Took an accidental overdose of sleeping pills following the 1967 death of Charles Bickford

Autioned for the film version of "Claudia", to be produced by David O Selznick; offered personal seven-year contract

As a child, assisted parents at their theater company, selling tickets and refreshments

While in college, wrote letter to actress Katharine Cornell soliciting her advice; Cornell suggested broadening her background

Made a number of films abroad during the 1950s: "Gone to Earth" (1950) in England with the filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger; "Indiscretion of an American Wife" (1953) with director Vittorio de Sica; "Beat the Devil" (1953; various

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