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Jennifer Jones

Filmography

1939      

New Frontier

Dick Tracy’s G-Men

 

1943      

The Song of Bernadette

 

1944      

Since You Went Away

 

1945      

Love Letters

 

1946      

Cluny Brown

Duel in the Sun

 

1948      

Portrait of Jennie

 

1949      

We Were Strangers

Madame Bovary

 

1950      

Gone to Earth

 

1952      

Carrie

Ruby Gentry

 

1953      

Beat the Devil

Terminal Station/ Indiscretion of an American Wife

 

1955      

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

Good Morning, Miss Dove

 

1956      

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

 

1957      

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

A Farewell to Arms

 

1962      

Tender Is the Night

 

1966      

The Idol

 

1969      

Angel, Angel, Down We Go

 

1974      

The Towering Inferno

Awards

Jennifer Jones was nominated for four Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won one.

 

She was also nominated for one Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Awards for Since You Went Away (1944)

My mother told me never explain, never complain. Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable.  ~Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Flora Mae (née Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley on March 2, 1919. Her parents toured the Midwest in a traveling tent show that they owned and operated. She attended Monte Cassino, a girls’ school and junior college in Tulsa and then Northwestern University in Illinois before transferring to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City in 1938. It was there that she met and fell in love with fellow acting student Robert Walker. The couple married on January 2, 1939.

Isley and Walker returned to Tulsa for a 13-week radio program, arranged by her father, and then made their way to Hollywood. Isley landed two small roles, first in a 1939 John Wayne Western titled New Frontier, followed by a serial entitled Dick Tracy’s G-Men. She failed a screen test for Paramount Pictures and decided to return to New York City.

While Walker found steady work in radio programs, Isley worked part-time modeling hats for the Powers Agency while looking for possible acting jobs. When she learned of auditions for the lead role in Claudia, Rose Franken’s hit play, she presented herself to David O. Selznick’s New York office but fled in tears after what she thought was a bad reading. However, Selznick had overheard her audition and was impressed enough to have his secretary call her back. Following an interview, she was signed to a seven-year contract.

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