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Also Known As: Elizabeth Jean Peters Died: October 13, 2000
Born: October 15, 1926 Cause of Death: leukemia
Birth Place: Canton, Ohio, USA Profession: actor

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One of many photogenic young women recruited by Hollywood during the 1940s, Jean Peters jumped right into lead roles her first time out via the Technicolor epic "Captain from Castile" (1947). Gifted with the sort of face that prompted studio executives to offer instant movie contracts, Peters was never very comfortable with the sort of beauty queen image Fox wanted and was essentially a tomboy off-screen. While Peters often expressed disdain for the parts Fox assigned, she was almost invariably able to fulfill their requirements and registered favorably in pictures as varied as the comedic "It Happens Every Spring" (1949), Elia Kazan's superb biopic "Viva Zapata!" (1952), the film noir classic "Pickup on South Street" (1953), and the picturesque romantic drama "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954). Ultimately, however, she decided to retire from acting in the mid-1950s at the young age of 29, despite having many more viable years as a leading lady. She eventually resurfaced after more than two decades out of the spotlight, but only appeared in a handful of television projects before retreating back into private life. Peters was a capable actress with excellent screen presence and some fine...

One of many photogenic young women recruited by Hollywood during the 1940s, Jean Peters jumped right into lead roles her first time out via the Technicolor epic "Captain from Castile" (1947). Gifted with the sort of face that prompted studio executives to offer instant movie contracts, Peters was never very comfortable with the sort of beauty queen image Fox wanted and was essentially a tomboy off-screen. While Peters often expressed disdain for the parts Fox assigned, she was almost invariably able to fulfill their requirements and registered favorably in pictures as varied as the comedic "It Happens Every Spring" (1949), Elia Kazan's superb biopic "Viva Zapata!" (1952), the film noir classic "Pickup on South Street" (1953), and the picturesque romantic drama "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954). Ultimately, however, she decided to retire from acting in the mid-1950s at the young age of 29, despite having many more viable years as a leading lady. She eventually resurfaced after more than two decades out of the spotlight, but only appeared in a handful of television projects before retreating back into private life. Peters was a capable actress with excellent screen presence and some fine performances to her credit, but in later years, she was remembered more for her 14-year tenure as the wife of eccentric mogul Howard Hughes.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 A Man Called Peter (1955) Catherine Marshall
2.
 Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) Anita Hutchins
3.
 Apache (1954) Nalinle
4.
 Broken Lance (1954) Barbara
5.
 Pickup on South Street (1953) Candy
6.
 Vicki (1953) Vicki Lynn
7.
 Niagara (1953) Polly Cutler
8.
 A Blueprint for Murder (1953) Lynn Cameron
9.
 O. Henry's Full House (1952) Susan Goodwin
10.
 Lure of the Wilderness (1952) Laurie Harper
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Raised on a farm in Ohio
1946:
Won the Miss Ohio State popularity contest and received a trip to Hollywood
1947:
Feature acting debut, "Captain From Castile", opposite Tyrone Power
1951:
Received top billing in "Anne of the Indies"
1952:
Cast opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan's "Viva Zapata!"
1953:
Co-starred in Samuel Fuller's "Pickup on South Street"
1955:
Won critical acclaim for her performance in "A Man Called Peter", in what was to be her final film
1957:
Secretly married Howard Hughes
1971:
Revealed divorce from Hughes
1973:
Returned to acting in the public television production of Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio"
1976:
Made rare network TV appearance in the NBC miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'The Moneychangers'"
1981:
Acted in the CBS TV-movie "Peter and Paul", produced by her husband Stan Hough
1984:
Made guest appearance on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)
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Education

University of Michigan: Ann Arbor , Michigan -
Ohio State University: Columbus , Ohio -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

"My life with Howard Hughes was and shall remain a matter on which I will have no comment." --Jean Peters to Newsweek, December 18, 1972.

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husband:
Stuart W Cramer III. Oilman. Married on May 29, 1954; divorced on December 9, 1955.
husband:
Howard Hughes. Businessman, film producer. First met in 1946; married on May 13, 1957; divorced in 1971; died in 1976.
husband:
Stanley Hough. Executive, producer. Married from August 1971 until his death in 1990; first met when he was an assistant director on "Captain From Castile".

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sister:
Shirley Peters Cook. Born c. 1933; survived her.

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