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Jeanne Crain is a Actor American born on 25 may 1925 at Barstow (USA)

Jeanne Crain

Jeanne Crain
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Birth name Jeanne Elizabeth Crain
Nationality USA
Birth 25 may 1925 at Barstow (USA)
Death 14 december 2003 (at 78 years) at Santa Barbara (USA)

Jeanne Elizabeth Crain (May 25, 1925 – December 14, 2003) was an American actress whose career spanned from 1943 to 1975. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in the 1949 film Pinky, in which she played the leading role. She was also noted for her ability in ice skating.


At the top of her stardom, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Crain was nicknamed 'Hollywood's Number One party girl', and she was quoted saying that she was invited to at least 200 parties a year.

Against her mother's wishes, on December 31, 1945, Crain married Paul Brinkman, a former RKO Pictures contract player credited as Paul Brooks. The first of their seven children was born in April 1947.

During the early 1950s, Crain was earning about $3,500 per week. Crain and her husband bought a large home for their growing family on Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills. The home can be seen and is described by Bette Davis in candid footage of a driving sequence in the film The Star (1952).

The marriage was rocky for some years. In the mid-1950s, Crain obtained an interlocutory divorce decree, each spouse claiming the other had been unfaithful (she also claimed Brinkman had been abusive), but the couple reconciled December 31, 1956.

In the early 1960s, she was one of many conservative actors who spent their time fervently fighting for the Republican cause.

Crain and her husband remained married, although they lived separately in Santa Barbara until Brinkman's death in October 2003.

Crain died a few months later, and the cause was later confirmed as a heart attack. Crain's funeral Mass was held at the Old Santa Barbara Mission. Crain is buried in the Brinkman family plot at Santa Barbara Cemetery. The Brinkmans were survived by five adult children, including Paul Brinkman Jr., a television executive, most known for his work on the television series JAG.

Best films

A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Leave Her to Heaven (1946)

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Filmography of Jeanne Crain (40 films)

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Skyjacked (1972)
, 1h41
Directed by John Guillermin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Disaster, Action, Adventure
Themes La fin du monde, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Dans un avion, Disaster films, American disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, Films about hijackings
Actors Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, Walter Pidgeon
Roles Mrs. Clara Shaw
Rating56% 2.8075352.8075352.8075352.8075352.807535
During a routine flight to Minneapolis, a passenger (Susan Dey) aboard Global Airways Flight 502, a Boeing 707, discovers a bomb threat written on the mirror of one of the first-class bathrooms. A second threat is soon found left on a napkin in a galley. Captain Hank O'Hara (Charlton Heston) takes the cryptic threats seriously and follows the instructions -- "Bomb on plane divert to Anchorage Alaska. No Joke, No Tricks. Death"—by changing course for Alaska. To avoid an explosive decompression if a bomb goes off, he flies at lower altitude, increasing fuel consumption.
The Night God Screamed, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about religion
Actors Jeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Jack Donner, Barbra Hancock, James Sikking, Corinne Conley
Roles Fanny Pierce
Rating62% 3.1001253.1001253.1001253.1001253.100125
In the seven-and-a-half-minute pre-credits sequence, a faceless hooded figure, dressed like a monk and carrying a six-foot cruciform staff, walks through a forest, stopping on a hill overlooking a lakeside baptismal ceremony conducted by a Christ-like figure (Michael Sugich) who starts making a speech/plea to God, expressing gratitude for being shown the light and receiving "a chance to be saved". He then thanks God for giving him the power and for making him "Your son". He tells God that all those present "were just a bunch of sinners", but "I saved them", because "I made them see that using dope was the way to turn on to you". Continuing, "we got trouble, Lord — the heat won't leave us alone — they want to bust us for being hooked on you", he then declaims that "they don't dig our kind of faith — they put us down cause we ain't one of them uptight establishment churches with one of them phony moneymaking ministers, lying and stealing…" He tells God and the assembled young followers that one among them was sent to "spy on us and try to bust us". He focuses on one of the girls and announces, "there's a chick that don't want to be baptized — she don't want to follow me" and finishes by pronouncing, "Oh, yes, Lord, in our happy flock, maybe we got us a Judas". When the girl (Andrea Darvi) gets up and tries to run, she is quickly caught and held, as the Christ-like figure, now revealed to be the leader of a Charles Manson-styled cult, calls for "The Atoner" who, appearing from the bushes, is the initially-seen silent hooded figure with the tall cross/staff. The cult leader, whom the girl addresses as "Billy Joe", forcibly "baptizes" her, with The Atoner holding her underwater, in front of all assembled, until she drowns.
Hot Rods to Hell
Directed by John Brahm
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Dana Andrews, Jeanne Crain, Mimsy Farmer, Jeffrey Byron, Charles P. Thompson, Liz Renay
Roles Peg Phillips
Rating53% 2.6571052.6571052.6571052.6571052.657105
Traveling salesman Tom Phillips (Dana Andrews) is driving home to Boston, Massachusetts for Christmas when he encounters a drunken driver on a rain-streaked road. He cannot avoid a collision, and is hospitalized with spinal damage. Since he cannot be a traveling salesman anymore, his brother arranges for Tom to buy a remote motel in the desert town of Mayville, California. Tom is reluctant, since he has never been an innkeeper before—but in the end he decides that he must travel in order to get as far away from the site of his accident as possible, as soon as possible.
Hollywood Without Make-Up
Directed by Ken Murray
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Kirk Douglas, Ken Murray, Cary Grant, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Eddie Albert
Rating71% 3.5785553.5785553.5785553.5785553.578555
The film consists of archive footage of famous Hollywood stars, mostly home movies showing the stars as themselves instead of playing a role in front of the camera.
Madison Avenue, 1h30
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Dana Andrews, Eleanor Parker, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Howard St. John, David White
Roles Peggy Shannon
Rating59% 2.959952.959952.959952.959952.95995
Clint Lorimer (Dana Andrews) works for an advertising company run by J.D. Jocelyn (Howard St. John). He is fired after Jocelyn finds out that Clint intends to form his own ad agency and steal a top client.
Pontius Pilate, 1h40
Directed by Irving Rapper, Gian Paolo Callegari
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Portrayals of Jesus in film
Actors Jean Marais, Jeanne Crain, Basil Rathbone, Letícia Román, Massimo Serato, Riccardo Garrone
Roles Claudia Procula
Rating53% 2.6832252.6832252.6832252.6832252.683225
Ponce Pilate, le procurateur de Judée, revient à Rome pour se défendre devant ses accusateurs, Caligula, le nouvel empereur, et le Sénat tout entier. Pendant son procès, Ponce Pilate revoit les dernières années de sa vie, depuis son arrivée en terre palestinienne, jusqu'à l'exécution d'un prophète poursuivi par la haine des Pharisiens, Jésus de Nazareth.
Nefertiti, Queen of the Nile, 1h46
Directed by Fernando Cerchio
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical, Peplum
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Jeanne Crain, Vincent Price, Edmund Purdom, Gino Buzzanca, Liana Orfei, Alberto Farnese
Roles Nefertiti
Rating53% 2.669462.669462.669462.669462.66946
La vestale Tanit, fille du grand prêtre Benakon de Thèbes, a rejoint son amant Tumos, un sculpteur. Découverte par les hommes de son père, Tanit est ramenée chez Benakon. Il lui promet son pardon si elle épouse le prince Aménophis…
Guns of the Timberland, 1h31
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Alan Ladd, Jeanne Crain, Gilbert Roland, Frankie Avalon, Lyle Bettger, Noah Beery, Jr
Roles Laura Riley
Rating57% 2.8640952.8640952.8640952.8640952.864095
Logger Jim Hadley (Alan Ladd) and his lumberjack crew are looking for new forest to cut. They locate a prime prospect outside the town of Deep Wells. The residents of Deep Wells led by Laura Riley (Jeanne Crain) are opposed to the felling of the trees, believing that losing them would cause mudslides during the heavy rains. Conflict between the town's residents and the loggers is inevitable.
The Joker Is Wild, 2h6
Directed by Charles Vidor, Art Cohn
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Frank Sinatra, Mitzi Gaynor, Jeanne Crain, Eddie Albert, Jackie Coogan, Ted de Corsia
Roles Letty Page
Rating71% 3.570023.570023.570023.570023.57002
Joe E. Lewis (Frank Sinatra), a successful 1920s Chicago night-club entertainer is invited to work for the Mob during the Prohibition era. His eventual decision to work elsewhere results in his face being slashed and his throat cut, preventing him from continuing with his current act as a singer.
The Tattered Dress, 1h33
Directed by Jack Arnold
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Noir, Crime
Actors Jeff Chandler, Jeanne Crain, Jack Carson, Gail Russell, George Tobias, Edward Andrews
Roles Diane Blane
Rating67% 3.383563.383563.383563.383563.38356
In a California resort community, the wealthy Michael Reston is charged with the murder of a man he claimed attacked his wife, Charleen.
The Fastest Gun Alive, 1h36
Directed by Russell Rouse
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Western
Actors Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn, Allyn Joslyn, Leif Erickson
Roles Dora Temple
Rating70% 3.545093.545093.545093.545093.54509
Son of a notorious fast drawing Sheriff, George Kelby Jr. (Glenn Ford) and his wife Dora (Jeanne Crain) settle down in the peaceful town of Cross Creek under assumed identities to avoid having to continually face men out to become famous for shooting down the "fastest gun alive." Now known as George Temple, he becomes a mild-mannered teetotal shopkeeper, little respected by the other townsfolk.
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, 1h39
Directed by Richard Sale
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Jane Russell, Jeanne Crain, Rudy Vallée, Alan Young, Scott Brady, Guy Middleton
Roles Connie Jones / Mitzi Jones
Rating51% 2.5672852.5672852.5672852.5672852.567285
Bonnie and Connie Jones are showgirls, who are also sisters. They are sick and tired of New York as well as not getting anywhere. Quitting Broadway, the sisters decided to travel to Paris to become famous and find true love.
Man Without a Star, 1h25
Directed by King Vidor
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Kirk Douglas, Jeanne Crain, Claire Trevor, William Campbell, Richard Boone, Jay C. Flippen
Roles Reed Bowman
Rating68% 3.4467353.4467353.4467353.4467353.446735
Easygoing cowboy Dempsey Rae (Kirk Douglas) and his impressionable young friend Jeff Jimson (William Campbell) wander into town and are hired to work for an absentee rancher named Reed Bowman. When Bowman finally shows up, Dempsey is surprised to find that he has been working for a very attractive woman (Jeanne Crain), one who has very ambitious plans. These lead to conflict with her neighbors.
The Second Greatest Sex, 1h27
Directed by George Marshall
Origin USA
Actors Jeanne Crain, Jimmy Boyd, George Nader, Bert Lahr, Kitty Kallen, Mamie Van Doren
Roles Liza McClure
Rating56% 2.801542.801542.801542.801542.80154
In 1880, men from three Kansas towns feud over which one gets to be the state's county seat. A safe containing important documents will be placed in whichever town is the winner.