Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew
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Genre: Biographies and Memoirs
Tag: Jean Arthur
Publisher: Limelight Editions
Publication Year: 2004

The luminous star of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shane, and other classic films was, as the subtitle aptly puts it, "the actress nobody knew". Jean Arthur (1900-91) kept her personal life private, disdained the Hollywood publicity machine, and was called "difficult" because of her perfectionism an...

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The luminous star of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shane, and other classic films was, as the subtitle aptly puts it, “the actress nobody knew”. Jean Arthur (1900-91) kept her personal life private, disdained the Hollywood publicity machine, and was called “difficult” because of her perfectionism and remoteness from costars on the movie set. John Oller, a lawyer, tracked down kinsfolk and friends never before interviewed to capture the elusive personality of a free spirit best embodied in her favorite role, Peter Pan. Arthur herself might have appreciated his warm, respectful portrait. ” . . . [An] insightful, painstakingly researched analysis of Arthur’s life and career raises the curtain on the complex, conflicted person behind the screen persona . . . Captures the special shine of a unique star who turned out to be a genuine eccentric”. -Chicago Tribune