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Also Known As: Jean Shirley Verhagen Died: August 29, 1977
Born: August 3, 1923 Cause of Death: throat cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, usher, radio performer

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The Hollywood Golden Age musical "Singin' in the Rain" is consistently voted by critics as one of the top American movies of all time, with good reason. Featuring Jean Hagen as a silent-film star trying to make the transition to talkies, the 1952 MGM production is perfect in every way, and certainly ranks as the most famous credit on her resume. But Hagen did manage to grace a number of other instantly recognizable movie titles during her 30-year run. She started out in the 1949 Tracy-Hepburn comedy "Adam's Rib," segued to John Huston's 1950 noir "The Asphalt Jungle," and worked alongside the Oscar-nominated Greer Garson in the FDR drama "Sunrise at Campobello." Hagen made a nice transition to TV with the long-running role of Margaret Williams on "The Danny Thomas Show," appearing in 89 episodes from 1953 to 1956. She did a little bit more TV work here and there before retiring in 1964, re-appearing briefly in the mid-'70s for episodes of "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Streets of San Francisco."

The Hollywood Golden Age musical "Singin' in the Rain" is consistently voted by critics as one of the top American movies of all time, with good reason. Featuring Jean Hagen as a silent-film star trying to make the transition to talkies, the 1952 MGM production is perfect in every way, and certainly ranks as the most famous credit on her resume. But Hagen did manage to grace a number of other instantly recognizable movie titles during her 30-year run. She started out in the 1949 Tracy-Hepburn comedy "Adam's Rib," segued to John Huston's 1950 noir "The Asphalt Jungle," and worked alongside the Oscar-nominated Greer Garson in the FDR drama "Sunrise at Campobello." Hagen made a nice transition to TV with the long-running role of Margaret Williams on "The Danny Thomas Show," appearing in 89 episodes from 1953 to 1956. She did a little bit more TV work here and there before retiring in 1964, re-appearing briefly in the mid-'70s for episodes of "Starsky & Hutch" and "The Streets of San Francisco."

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Dead Ringer (1964) Dede Marshall
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 Panic in Year Zero! (1962) Ann Baldwin
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 Sunrise at Campobello (1960) Missy Le Hand
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 The Shaggy Dog (1959) Frieda Daniels
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 Spring Reunion (1957) Barna Forrest
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 The Big Knife (1955) Connie Bliss
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 Arena (1953) Meg Hutchins
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 Half a Hero (1953) Martha Dobson
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 Singin' in the Rain (1952) Lina Lamont
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1945:
Broadway actress
1949:
film actress "Adam's Rib"

Education

Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -

Contributions

albatros1 ( 2007-10-04 )

Source: Wikipedia The Internet Encyclopedia

Jean Hagen (August 3, 1923 - August 29, 1977) was an Oscar-nominated American film actress. Hagen was born Jean Shirley Verhagen in Chicago, Illinois. She studied drama and worked as a theater usherette before making her film debut as a femme fatale in Adam's Rib (1949). The Asphalt Jungle (1950) provided Hagen with her first starring role, and excellent reviews. She is arguably best remembered for her comic performance in Singin' in the Rain (1952). As the vain and talentless silent movie star Lina Lamont, Hagen received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. MGM failed to provide her with a quality follow up role to enable her to build on her growing popularity, and by 1953 she had joined the cast of Make Room for Daddy. As the first wife of Danny Thomas, Hagen received three Emmy Award nominations, but after three seasons she grew dissatisfied and left the series. Although she made frequent guest appearances in various television series, she was unable to successfully resume her film career, and for the remainder of her career played supporting roles, such as the friend of Bette Davis in Dead Ringer (1964). In the 1960s Hagen's health began to decline and she spent many years hospitalised or in care. In 1976, she made a comeback of sorts playing character roles in episodes of the television series Starsky and Hutch and The Streets of San Francisco and made her final film appearance in a 1977 television movie (Alexander:The Other Side of Dawn) before her death from throat cancer, aged 54. Hagen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to television, at 1502 Vine Street.

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