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Also Known As: Helen Marie Jurgens Died: February 13, 1958
Born: December 25, 1908 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Blonde American leading lady fairly popular in a series of mostly mediocre melodramas at RKO in the early 1930s. Sometimes wisecracking but more often delicate and wistful, Twelvetrees appeared in two landmark early talkies directed by Tay Garnett: the enjoyable waterfront melodrama "Her Man" (1930) and the cult gangster film, "Bad Company" (1931). Some of her other better or more typical credits include "Millie" (1931), "Panama Flo" (1932), "Is My Face Red?" (1932) and "Bedtime Story" (1933, opposite Maurice Chevalier). From 1933 on she worked for a variety of studios, but by the middle of the decade, with the passing of the vogue for "confession" tearjerkers which had been her specialty, her modest if genuine star status had almost completely vanished. Later in the decade her screen career did not regain momentum after a period away from the camera. Twelvetrees acted occasionally onstage thereafter, most notably as Blanche DuBois with a road company of "A Streetcar Named Desire", until her death by suicide in 1958.

Blonde American leading lady fairly popular in a series of mostly mediocre melodramas at RKO in the early 1930s. Sometimes wisecracking but more often delicate and wistful, Twelvetrees appeared in two landmark early talkies directed by Tay Garnett: the enjoyable waterfront melodrama "Her Man" (1930) and the cult gangster film, "Bad Company" (1931). Some of her other better or more typical credits include "Millie" (1931), "Panama Flo" (1932), "Is My Face Red?" (1932) and "Bedtime Story" (1933, opposite Maurice Chevalier). From 1933 on she worked for a variety of studios, but by the middle of the decade, with the passing of the vogue for "confession" tearjerkers which had been her specialty, her modest if genuine star status had almost completely vanished. Later in the decade her screen career did not regain momentum after a period away from the camera. Twelvetrees acted occasionally onstage thereafter, most notably as Blanche DuBois with a road company of "A Streetcar Named Desire", until her death by suicide in 1958.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Unmarried (1939) Pat Rogers
2.
 Persons in Hiding (1939) Helen Griswold
3.
 Hollywood Round-Up (1937) Carol Stephens
4.
 Frisco Waterfront (1935) Alice
5.
 Times Square Lady (1935) Margo Heath
6.
 She Gets Her Man (1935) Francine
7.
 The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) Stella Godfrey
8.
 All Men Are Enemies (1934) Katha
9.
 She Was a Lady (1934) Sheila Vane
10.
 One Hour Late (1934) Bessie Dunn
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Gained some acting experience on the stage in the late 1920s
1929:
Earliest screen credits include "Blue Skies", "The Ghost Talks" and "Words and Music"
1930:
Signed with Pathe (absorbed by RKO in 1931); earliest films there include "The Grand Parade" and "Her Man"
1933:
Left RKO; made most of her subsequent films for Paramount, Universal and Fox (date approximate)
1939:
Last films, "Unmarried" and "Persons in Hiding"
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

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husband:
Clark Twelvetrees. First husband.
husband:
Frank Woody. Second husband.
husband:
Conrad Payne. Air Force captain. Survived her.

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