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Jean Arthur

Jean Arthur


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Also Known As: Died: June 19, 1991
Born: October 17, 1900 Cause of Death: heart ailment
Birth Place: Plattsburgh, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


"Never have I seen a performer plagued with such a chronic case of stage jitters . . . When the cameras stopped she'd run to her dressing room, lock herself in--and cry. . . . When called for another scene she would come out looking like a mop; walk aimlessly around muttering a torrent of non-sequitur excuses for not being ready. And it wasn't an act. Those weren't butterflies in her stomach. They were wasps. But push that neurotic girl forcibly, but gently, in front of the camera and turn on the lights--and that whining mop would magically blossom into a warm, lovely poised and confident actress." --Frank Capra in his memoir "The Name Above the Title"

"I guess I became an actress because I didn't want to be myself." --Jean Arthur in 1972, quoted in The New York Times, obituary, June 20, 1991.

"When pressed by Hollywood to choose a stage name, she selected one honoring two idols: Jeanne d'Arc and King Arthur." --Peter B Flint in Arthur's The New York Times obituary, June 20, 1991.

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