Jean Hagen


Actor
Jean Hagen

About

Also Known As
Jean Shirley Verhagen
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
August 03, 1923
Died
August 29, 1977
Cause of Death
Throat Cancer

Biography

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 ...

Photos & Videos

Sunrise at Campobello - Scene Stills
Side Street - Lobby Card Set
The Shaggy Dog - Pressbook

Biography

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."

Life Events

1945

Broadway actress

1949

film actress "Adam's Rib"

Photo Collections

Sunrise at Campobello - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from Warner Bros' Sunrise at Campobello (1960), starring Ralph Bellamy and Greer Garson as Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Side Street - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Side Street (1950), starring Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
The Shaggy Dog - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's The Shaggy Dog (1959). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.

Videos

Movie Clip

Singin' In The Rain (1952) - All I Do Is Dream Of You The studio boss (Millard Mitchell) after a talking-picture demo, with Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) pal of star Don (Gene Kelly), who’s delighted to find snooty Cathy (Debbie Reynolds) doing a cheesecake gig, song by Nacio Herb Brown and producer Arthur Freed, bimbo Lina (Jean Hagen) getting pied, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Dignity, Always Dignity Dora (Madge Blake) the M-C, sidekick Cosmo (Donald O’Connor) already in place, co-director Gene Kelly (as matinee idol Don Lockwood), with Jean Hagen, silent for now (as co-star Lina), launches the biography bit, song by Al Hoffman and Al Goodhart, from the opening to MGM’s Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Singin' In The Rain (1951) - That Famous Zip Girl In fact the greater part of Rita Moreno’s performance as flapper movie star “Zelda Zanders,” in Singin’ In The Rain, 1951, at the opening of the Gene Kelly/Jean Hagen (Don Lockwood, Lina Lamont) movie, introduced by Madge Blake, Stuart Holmes her “eligible bachelor.”
Asphalt Jungle, The (1950) - You Gotta Learn To Carry Matches Stick-up man Dix (Sterling Hayden), laying low after beating a legitimate arrest, greets anxious Doll (Jean Hagen), whom he doesn’t know well, except that the clip-joint where she worked got raided, early in John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle, 1950, from the W.R. Burnett novel.
No Questions Asked (1951) - Don't Talk To Any Strange Girls Now a brazen broker for stolen goods, lawyer Steve (Barry Sullivan) at the theater with his girlfriend, former colleague Joan (Jean Hagen), who in the powder room meets his ex-fianceè (Arlene Dahl), who drove him to wicked ways, then a bizarre crime, in No Questions Asked, 1951.
Adam's Rib (1949) - My Dear Husband What amounts to a gritty, Manhattan opening by director George Cukor and writers Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, Judy Holliday hunting down husband Tom Ewell and bimbo Jean Hagen, in the 1949 Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn hit, Adam's Rib.
Singin' In The Rain (1952) - Wired For Sound Comedy set piece on the switch to talkies, Gene Kelly as silent-star Don Lockwood, Jean Hagen stealing it as his dingbat screen lover Lina, with the disastrous voice, Douglas Fowley the imploding director, Millard Mitchell the studio boss with the slapstick payoff, in Singin’ In The Rain, 1952.
Life Of Her Own, A (1950) - We Can Help You On her first day at the new agency, prospective model Lily (Lana Turner) gets advice from agent Tom (Tom Ewell), meets Maggie (Jean Hagen) and nervous Mary (Ann Dvorak), in George Cukor's A Life Of Her Own, 1950.
Dead Ringer (1964) - I Forgot How To Spell The Name Bette Davis is formerly down-and-out Edie, successfully having taken the place of her wealthy enemy twin-sister Margaret, whom she murdered, at her first society event, friend Dede (Jean Hagen) bringing her to Tony (Peter Lawford), about whom she knows nothing, in Dead Ringer, 1964.
Shaggy Dog, The (1959) - Missile Interceptor Mailman Wilson and housewife Freida Daniels (Fred MacMurray and Jean Hagen) are discussing discipline while their sons Wilby and Moochie (Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran) launch a rocket from the basement, early in Disney's The Shaggy Dog, 1959.
Adam's Rib (1949) - She Got Fatter Katharine Hepburn (as Amanda, for the defense) and Spencer Tracy (her husband Adam, prosecuting), with the victim Tom Ewell (as adulterous Attinger), pursuing different angles on the justification for his shooting, by wife Doris (Judy Holliday), in George Cukor's Adam's Rib, 1949.
Carbine Williams (1952) - Without Any Frosting Early on, we know James Stewart left a big job with a gun company in Connecticut, to come home to wife Maggie (Jean Hagen) in North Carolina, because their son (Bobby Hyatt) has a problem, so he's taken to meet "Cap" (Wendell Corey) at the local prison, launching a flashback, in the bio-pic Carbine Williams, 1952.

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