Born-May 25, 1925
Died- December 14, 2003
Age- 78 years old
Died From- Heart Attack
Married- Paul Brinkmann(former actor turned successful businesman)
Children: 7! Yawzers!
Oscar Nominations-1 for "Pinky"
Talent-Could ice skate very well
Known For- The girl next door and, strangely, a party girl.
I chose Jeanne Crain because I always liked her plus she is born on my hubby's Birthday and hubby is turning 65! I will be married to a true senior...in age only.
Jeanne Crain is not so well known today because she was not considered an A-List star and her wholesome image is considered dated now. Actually, it was considered dated by the early 50s so, in an attempt to get juicier roles, she died her brunette hair red. I would not say she was a fantastic actress but many seem to lambaste her now which is unfair, in my humble opinion. She could be very convincing as a ladylike girl/woman who is suffering through something or other. She created quite the stir, in a bad way, when she was cast in "Pinky" about a black woman who looks so white she can pass for one but she still must deal with prejudice. Stars like Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge were vying for this role, but Darryl F Zanuck gave it to Crain for 2 reasons: 1. Money. He knew the South would not go see a movie starring an actual African American and 2. The gal had to look very pale and pass for white and the 2 actresses, although lighter skinned still had a darker complexion. Poor Jeanne got some flack for taking this role but I thought she did a great job with it. Her other role in "Margie", which I also like, would not pass today since she is a student who has the hots for her teacher and...he feels the same about her! Oops but it all ends well. Funny, she was in a few musicals but couldn't sing a note, Louanne Hogan was the singer for all Crain's musicals.
She was only 20 when she married against her mother's wishes and soon started a family ending with 7 kids. Her mom's dislike for Paul caused Jeanne and her mom to be estranged for a while but mom knew best since the marriage was quite rocky. In fact, they separated in the mid 50s heading for divorce with each slamming the other of adultery and abuse (See, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were not the first). In fact, she claimed Paul really smacked her head into the bed many times and caused many bruises but, guess what? Yup, the reconciled on the eve of their 11th anniversary and had 3 more children before they parted company in the 70s, amicably, but stayed married due to their strong catholic faith (Oy vey). Apparently, Jeanne suffered the loss of 2 of her children, one to alcoholism and the other to a drug overdose( Chris Brinkman who was in the band, Jane's Addiction), in the early 90s, sending her into a deep depression and alcoholism herself but I only read that in one spot so I am not sure if that last bit is true.
I think Jeanne Crain deserves to be remembered for her talent, beauty and amiable way she conveyed the girl next door.
State Fair - 1945
Leave Her To Heaven - 1945
Centennial Summer - 1946
Margie - 1946
Apartment For Peggy -1948
Pinky - 1949
A Letter To Three Wives -1949
The Fan - 1949
Cheaper By The Dozen - 1950
Belles On Their Toes - 1952
Dangerous Crossing - 1953
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes - 1955