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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. She remains arguably the epitome of the female screwball comedy actress. As James Harvey wrote in his recounting of the era, "No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her." Arthur has been called "the quintessential comedic leading lady."

Arthur is best known for her feature roles in three Frank Capra films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It With You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), films that championed the everyday heroine. Her last performance was the memorable—and distinctly non–comedic—role as the rancher's wife in George Stevens' Shane (1953).

Arthur was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1944 for her performance in The More the Merrier (1943).

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. She remains arguably the epitome of the female screwball comedy actress. As James Harvey wrote in his recounting of the era, "No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her." Arthur has been called "the quintessential comedic leading lady."

Arthur is best known for her feature roles in three Frank Capra films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It With You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), films that championed the everyday heroine. Her last performance was the memorable—and distinctly non–comedic—role as the rancher's wife in George Stevens' Shane (1953).

Arthur was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1944 for her performance in The More the Merrier (1943).

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jean Arthur, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 60

Birthday 1900-10-17

Day of Death 1991-06-19

Place of Birth Plattsburgh, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Gladys Georgianna Greene

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2006 Billy Wilder Speaks
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1966 The Jean Arthur Show (12 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1953 Shane as Marian Starrett
1948 A Foreign Affair as Congresswoman Phoebe Frost
1944 The Impatient Years as Janie Anderson
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance as Molly J. Truesdale
1943 The More the Merrier as Constance Milligan
1942 The Talk of the Town as Miss Nora Shelley
1941 The Devil and Miss Jones as Mary Jones
1940 Arizona as Phoebe Titus
1940 Too Many Husbands as Vicky Lowndes
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Clarissa Saunders
1939 Only Angels Have Wings as Bonnie Lee
1938 You Can't Take It with You as Alice Sycamore
1937 Easy Living as Mary Smith
1937 History Is Made at Night as Irene Vail
1936 More Than a Secretary as Carol Baldwin
1936 The Plainsman as Calamity Jane
1936 Adventure In Manhattan as Claire Peyton
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936 The Ex-Mrs. Bradford as Paula Bradford
1936 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town as Babe Bennett
1935 If You Could Only Cook as Joan Hawthorne
1935 The Public Menace as Cassie Nicholls
1935 Diamond Jim as Jane Matthews / Emma
1935 Public Hero Number 1 as Maria Theresa 'Terry' O'Reilly
1935 Party Wire as Marge Oliver
1935 The Whole Town's Talking as Wilhelmina 'Bill' Clark
1934 The Defense Rests as Joan Hayes
1934 The Most Precious Thing In Life as Ellen Holmes, aka Biddy, Babe
1934 Whirlpool as Sandra Rankin Morrison
1933 The Past of Mary Holmes as Joan Hoyt
1931 Ex-Bad Boy as Ethel Simmons
1931 The Lawyer's Secret as Beatrice Stevens
1931 The Gang Buster as Sylvia Martine
1930 The Silver Horde as Mildred Wayland
1930 Danger Lights as Mary Ryan
1930 The Return of Dr. Fu Manchu as Lia Eltham
1930 Paramount on Parade as Dream Girl
1930 Young Eagles as Mary Gordon
1930 Street of Chance as Judith Marsden
1929 Halfway to Heaven as Greta Nelson
1929 The Saturday Night Kid as Janie Barry
1929 The Greene Murder Case as Ada Greene
1929 The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu as Lia Eltham
1929 The Canary Murder Case as Alice LaFosse
1928 Brotherly Love as Mary
1928 Warming Up as Mary Post
1927 Flying Luck as The Girl
1927 The Poor Nut as Margie Blake
1927 Horse Shoes as Miss Baker
1927 Winners Of The Wilderness as Bit Role
1926 The Block Signal as Grace Ryan
1925 The Drug Store Cowboy as Jean
1925 Seven Chances as Miss Smith the Country Club Receptionist (uncredited)
1924 Wine of Youth as Flapper
1924 The Iron Horse as Reporter
1923 Cameo Kirby as Ann Playdell

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