Jennifer Jones: The Life and Films

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McFarland, Aug 10, 2011 - 278 pages
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The distinguished film career of Academy Award–winning actress Jennifer Jones (1919–2009) is thoroughly chronicled from her faltering start as Phylis Isley (her real name) at Republic Studios in 1939, to her re-invention as a major star by producer David O. Selznick, the actress’ second husband. Each of her 24 films—among them The Song of Bernadette, Since You Went Away, Duel in the Sun, Portrait of Jennie, Madame Bovary and Love Is a Many Splendored Thing—is discussed in depth. Robert Osborne, host of the Turner Classic Movies cable channel, affectionately recalls his interview with Jennifer Jones in the Foreword. The actress’ biography, radio appearances and unrealized projects are also covered, along with previously undocumented details of her limited stage career, including a 1966 revival of Clifford Odets’ The Country Girl.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Robert Osborne
1
Preface
5
Introduction
7
1 Oklahoma to Hollywood
11
2 Republic Pictures
16
3 Return to New York City
21
4 The Song of Bernadette
27
5 Since You Went Away
43
18 Good Morning Miss Dove
150
19 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
154
20 The Barretts of Wimpole Street
159
21 A Farewell to Arms
165
22 Tender Is the Night
172
23 The Idol
180
24 Angel Angel Down We Go
186
25 The Towering Inferno
190

6 Love Letters
55
7 Cluny Brown
61
8 Duel in the Sun
68
9 Portrait of Jennie
80
10 We Were Strangers
91
11 Madame Bovary
97
12 Gone to Earth
105
13 Carrie
116
14 Ruby Gentry
126
15 Stazione Termini aka Indiscretion of an American Wife
130
16 Beat the Devil
136
17 Love Is a ManySplendored Thing
143
26 Life After Film
197
27 The Plays of Jennifer Jones
206
28 Jennifer Jones on Radio
215
29 The Films That Got Away
219
30 Reluctant Sex Symbol
231
Filmography
233
Appendix
241
Chapter Notes
249
Bibliography
260
Index
265
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Paul Green has worked as an artist in the UK for Marvel, DC and World Distributors, among others, on titles such as Doctor Who, Rambo, Action Man, Wonder Woman and Star Trek. The author of many books about television and film history, he lives in Rustburg, Virginia.

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