Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones


3/2/1919, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Birth Name

Phyllis Flora Isley


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Jennifer Jones was an actress who was born on March 2, 1919, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and she passed away on December 17, 2009. Jennifer came to Hollywood in 1939 to pursue an acting career under the name Phylis Isley. She became an Academy Award-winning actress, but remained highly…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jennifer was inducted into the Pawnee tribe by the the Pawnee Indian Council and the Chiefs of the Skidi Band of Pawnees, on July 12, 1939, "for her distinguished accomplishments in the entertainment world, reflecting great credit upon her native state of Oklahoma and is hereby given the Indian name of "Red Star".

    • Jennifer's public service awards:
      1951 - American Red Cross Citation for compassion shown to wounded American soldiers.
      1951 - Gold Medal from United Nations for boosting morale of wounded American soldiers.
      1951 - Patriotic Award for visiting American soldiers in Japan and Korea.
      1985 - Pennsylvania School of Nursing Honoree for promoting a fairer, more compassionate society.

    • Jennifer presented the Oscar for Best Actress in 1945 to her friend Ingrid Bergman for Gaslight (1944), who she beat the previous year with her win for Song Of Bernadette (1943) over Bergman's performance as Maria in For Whom The Bell Tolls (1943).

    • Jennifer was given the Best Actress Oscar for The Song Of Bernadette (1943) on the same day as her 25th birthday - March 2, 1944.

    • Jennifer turned down the role of Georgie Elgin in The Country Girl (1954) after finding out she was pregnant. The part was then given to Grace Kelly.

    • Jennifer's measurements:
      33-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

    • Jennifer founded the Jennifer Jones Simon Foundation for Mental Health and Education
      in 1980.

    • Jennifer bought the rights to Larry McMurtry's novel "Terms Of Endearment" and wanted to star in it until producer James Brooks suggested she was too old for the part and cast Shirley McLaine in the 1983 film version.

    • Jennifer is fond of lemons and often requested them instead of floral arrangements at hotel rooms. Her third husband, Norton Simon, gave her the Francisco de Zurbaran painting "Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose" as a wedding present.

    • Jennifer turned down the lead role in Laura (1944) on the advice of David O'Selznick.

    • Jennifer was married 3 times; to Robert Walker from January 2, 1939 to 1944, to Robert O'Selznick from July 13, 1949 until his death on June 22, 1965, and to Norton Simon, from May 29, 1971 until his death on June 1, 1993.

    • Jennifer was feautred on the July 24, 1944 cover of Life Magazine.

    • Jennifer and Charles Boyer posed together for the May 1946 cover of Movie Story Magazine.

    • Jennifer was featured on the June 1947 cover of Motion Picture Magazine.

    • Jennifer won the Sour Apple award for Least Cooperative Actress in 1947.

    • Jennifer won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress for The Song Of Bernadette (1943) and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in The Towering Inferno (1974).

    • Jennifer has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6429 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Jennifer won the Oscar for Best Actress in The Song Of Bernadette (1943) and received the following nominations:

      Best Supporting Actress, Since You Went Away (1944)
      Best Actress, Love Letters (1945)
      Best Actress, Duel In The Sun (1946)
      Best Actress, Love Is A Many-Spendored Thing (1955)

    • Jennifer is 5 feet 7 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Jennifer Jones: My mother told me never explain, never complain. Even as a young actress, I determined I would never give personal interviews, since they made me so uncomfortable.

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