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Birth information

17 October 1900 Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Death information

19 June 1991 Carmel, California, USA

Given Name

Gladys Georgianna Greene

How tall is Jean Arthur?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Frank Ross
Julian Aster Ancker

Life Story of Jean Arthur

This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York, 20 miles south of the Canadian border, has had her year of birth cited variously as 1900, 1905 and 1908. Her place of birth has often been cited as New York City! (Herein we shall rely for those particulars on Miss Arthur's obituary as given in the authoritative and reliable New York Times. The date and place indicated above shall be deemed correct.) Following her screen debut in a bit part in John Ford's Cameo Kirby (1923), she spent several years playing unremarkable roles as ingénue or leading lady in comedy shorts and cheapie westerns. With the arrival of sound she was able to appear in films whose quality was but slightly improved over that of her past silents. She had to contend, for example, with the consummately evil likes of Dr. Fu Manchu (played by future "Charlie Chan" Warner Oland). Her career bloomed with her appearance in Ford's The Whole...

Significant features of Jean Arthur

A distinctive voice: sometimes high-pitched, sometimes husky
Light blonde hair
Distinctive unconventional looks
Always played willful, uncompromising women
She was often cast as...

How much money has Jean Arthur earned?

Horse Shoes (1927) $700
The Talk of the Town (1942) $50,000
The More the Merrier (1943) $2,500 /week

Publications and Magazines about Jean Arthur

Arthur Pierce, Douglas Swarthout Jean Arthur: A Bio-Bibliography. 1990
John Oller Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew. 1997
Jerry Vermilye Jean Arthur: A Biofilmography. 2012

What movies did Jean Arthur play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Jean Arthur Show (1966) Patricia Marshall, Gunsmoke (1965) Julie Blane, Shane (1953) Marian Starrett, A Foreign Affair (1948) Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, The Impatient Years (1944) Janie Anderson, A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) Molly J. Truesdale, The More the Merrier (1943) Connie Milligan, The Talk of the Town (1942) Nora Shelley, The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) Mary Jones, Arizona (1940) Phoebe Titus, Too Many Husbands (1940) Vicky Lowndes, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Saunders, Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Bonnie Lee, You Can't Take It with You...

Birth information

17 October 1900 Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Death information

19 June 1991 Carmel, California, USA

Given Name

Gladys Georgianna Greene

How tall is Jean Arthur?

1.6 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Frank Ross
Julian Aster Ancker

Life Story of Jean Arthur

This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York, 20 miles south of the Canadian border, has had her year of birth cited variously as 1900, 1905 and 1908. Her place of birth has often been cited as New York City! (Herein we shall rely for those particulars on Miss Arthur's obituary as given in the authoritative and reliable New York Times. The date and place indicated above shall be deemed correct.) Following her screen debut in a bit part in John Ford's Cameo Kirby (1923), she spent several years playing unremarkable roles as ingénue or leading lady in comedy shorts and cheapie westerns. With the arrival of sound she was able to appear in films whose quality was but slightly improved over that of her past silents. She had to contend, for example, with the consummately evil likes of Dr. Fu Manchu (played by future "Charlie Chan" Warner Oland). Her career bloomed with her appearance in Ford's The Whole...

Significant features of Jean Arthur

A distinctive voice: sometimes high-pitched, sometimes husky
Light blonde hair
Distinctive unconventional looks
Always played willful, uncompromising women
She was often cast as...

How much money has Jean Arthur earned?

Horse Shoes (1927) $700
The Talk of the Town (1942) $50,000
The More the Merrier (1943) $2,500 /week

Publications and Magazines about Jean Arthur

Arthur Pierce, Douglas Swarthout Jean Arthur: A Bio-Bibliography. 1990
John Oller Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew. 1997
Jerry Vermilye Jean Arthur: A Biofilmography. 2012

What movies did Jean Arthur play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Jean Arthur Show (1966) Patricia Marshall, Gunsmoke (1965) Julie Blane, Shane (1953) Marian Starrett, A Foreign Affair (1948) Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, The Impatient Years (1944) Janie Anderson, A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) Molly J. Truesdale, The More the Merrier (1943) Connie Milligan, The Talk of the Town (1942) Nora Shelley, The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) Mary Jones, Arizona (1940) Phoebe Titus, Too Many Husbands (1940) Vicky Lowndes, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) Saunders, Only Angels Have Wings (1939) Bonnie Lee, You Can't Take It with You...

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Jean Arthur and Joel McCrea in The Silver Horde (1930)

Ashes scattered off of Point Lobos, California, USA.

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Jean Arthur, Eric Linden, and Ivan F. Simpson in The Past of Mary Holmes (1933)

Wore her natural brunette hair color throughout the silent film portion of her career, then began bleaching her hair blonde shortly after she started making talkies.

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Jean Arthur and Jack Oakie in The Gang Buster (1931)

Department of Strange Coincidences: Jean Arthur's former spouse, producer Frank Ross, next married the actress Joan Caulfield. On the very day following Caulfield's death on 18 June 1991, Arthur died.

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Jean Arthur, Paul Lukas, and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers in Young Eagles (1930)

After retiring from films she taught drama at Vassar and North Carolina School of the Arts from the late 1960s to 1973.

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Jean Arthur, Paul Lukas, and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers in Young Eagles (1930)

Was a leading contender for the coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).

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Jean Arthur in Immer mehr, immer fröhlicher (1943)

As her star began to decline, she was replaced by Rita Hayworth as Columbia Pictures' top female star. Coincidentally, the two stars share the same birthday (October 17).

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Jean Arthur, Douglas Haig, Emil Jannings, Jack Luden, etc.

Turned down the role of the lady missionary in Lost Horizon (1973), the unsuccessful musical remake of the 1937 classic of the same name.

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Jean Arthur, George K. Arthur, and Karl Dane in Brotherly Love (1928)

On the completion of her Columbia contract in 1944, she reportedly ran through the studio's streets, shouting "I'm free, I'm free!".

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Jean Arthur, George K. Arthur, and Karl Dane in Brotherly Love (1928)

Allegedly took her stage name from two of her greatest heroes: Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc) and King Arthur.

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Jean Arthur and Cesar Romero in Diamanten-Jim (1935)

Quit movies at the height of her career in 1944, following an Oscar nomination and while still Columbia Pictures' top female box-office attraction. She appeared in only two more films, for Oscar-winning directors Billy Wilder (A Foreign Affair (1948)) and George Stevens (Shane (1953)). According to John Oller's biography "Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew" (1997), Arthur was a shy person who came to loathe making movies, having developed a kind of stage fright (something not uncommon in even great and accomplished actors; Laurence Olivier said he developed stage fright in 1964, while playing in "Othello," after 40 years on stage) that made acting in movies agony for her. After she quit movies, she tried to make a go at a stage career, being part of the original cast of "Born Yesterday," but she dropped out during previews and was replaced by Judy Holliday. She later gave television a crack in the mid-'60s, but the The Jean Arthur Show (1966) was canceled after half a season.

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Jean Arthur, Noble Johnson, Warner Oland, etc.

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 3, 1991-1993, pages 29-31. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001.

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Jean Arthur, Clive Brook, and Charles 'Buddy' Rogers in The Lawyer's Secret (1931)

Gary Cooper was her favorite leading man.

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Jean Arthur and Clive Brook in The Lawyer's Secret (1931)

Even though Jean and James Stewart never bonded off-screen, Jimmy called Jean "the finest actress I ever worked with. No one had her humor, her timing".

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Jean Arthur, Lloyd Bridges, and Edgar Buchanan in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

She was teaching at Vassar at the same time that Meryl Streep was studying there in her junior year. Upon seeing the young drama major rehearsing August Strindberg's play "Miss Julie", Arthur remarked it was "just like watching a movie star".

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

Turned down Donna Reed's role in It's a Wonderful Life (1946) because she didn't want to work with James Stewart again.

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

Profiled in book, "Funny Ladies", by Stephen M. Silverman. [1999]

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Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

Arthur's family regarded the Washington Heights Section of Manhattan as home.

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

Appeared in three Frank Capra movies: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939).

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Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

Like other well known actresses, most notably Claudette Colbert, Arthur was most frequently photographed from the left side, cinematographers having determined that this was her most favorable angle. As evidence of this fact, just take a look at Arizona (1940).

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

She has appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Iron Horse (1924), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and Shane (1953).

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

WAMPAS Baby Star of 1929.

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

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Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Colman in Zeuge der Anklage (1942)

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Jean Arthur, Jean Harlow, Clara Bow, Irving Bacon, Eddie Dunn, James Hall, etc.

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Jean Arthur in Danger Lights (1930)

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Jean Arthur in Danger Lights (1930)

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Jean Arthur, Robert Armstrong, and Louis Wolheim in Danger Lights (1930)

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Jean Arthur and Robert Armstrong in Danger Lights (1930)

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Jean Arthur and William Powell in The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

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Jean Arthur and William Powell in The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936)

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Jean Arthur, Gertrude Astor, Nora Cecil, Ethel Clayton, Dora Clement, Lois Clinton, etc.

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