Dick Tracy’s G-Men
Duel in the Sun
We Were Strangers
Gone to Earth
Terminal Station/ Indiscretion of an American Wife
Good Morning, Miss Dove
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
A Farewell to Arms
Tender Is the Night
Angel, Angel, Down We Go
- The Song of Bernadette (1943) – Won
- Love Letters (1945)
- Duel in the Sun (1946)
- Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)
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.