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|Also Known As:||Jeanne Kelly||Died:|
|Born:||December 23, 1916||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Houston, Texas, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor singer|
Caddykid60 ( 2008-01-23 )
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Born Ruby M. Kelly in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1915 (incorrectly stated as 1916) and died November 25, 1963 in San Francisco from complications of alcoholism. Jean initially adopted the stage name Jeanne Kelly starting as a singer at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Her film career started modestly, working in small bit rolls at Paramount and Universal from 1935 until 1941. She married writer and film director Richard Brooks and continued working bit parts under the name Jean Brooks. In 1943 she was signed to RKO where she achieved her greatest success, although modest and short lived. Initially Brooks was kept busy at RKO, starring in many of The Falcon films with Tom Conway, and three Val Lewton produced films; The Leopard Man, The Seventh Victim, and Youth Runs Wilds. Sadly, only two years later her marriage to Richard Brooks ended in 1944 and it was rumored that she was drinking heavily. By 1946 her parts at RKO were smaller and smaller, and she was critcized for gaining weight. Reportedly she tore up her contract before RKO could fire her and she never made another movie again. In the mid 1950s she married Thomas H. Leddy of San Francisco and she worked there on a newspaper until her death from "nutritional inadequacy" and Cirrhosis of the liver in 1963 at age 48. She was buried at sea as reported by a Costa Rican newspaper. No mention of her death was published in any Hollywood trade papers. She died in obscurity.
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