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Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur
from trailer for Public Hero No. 1 (1935)
Personal information
Birth nameGladys Georgianna Greene
Birth dateOctober 17, 1900
Place of birthPlattsburgh, New York, U.S.
Date of deathJune 19, 1991(age 90)
Death placeCarmel, California, U.S.
Years active1923 1966
Spouse-Julian Anker-1928-1928 annulled
-Frank Ross, Jr.-1932-1949 divorced

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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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