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Jean Parker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jean Parker (born Lois Mae Green; August 11, 1915 – November 30, 2005) was an American film and stage actress. She landed her first screen test while still in high school. She acted opposite such well-known actors as Katharine Hepburn, Robert Donat, Edward G. Robinson, Randolph Scott, and Laurel and Hardy. She was married four times and had one son, Robert Lowery Hanks. Parker appeared in 70 movies from 1932 through 1966. In 1932, she posed as a flower girl and living poster in a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade, where she was seen by Ida Koverman, secretary to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer. The following day the studio called her on the phone and invited her for a screen test. Parker's film debut came in Divorce in the Family (1932). She had a successful career at MGM, RKO and Columbia including roles in such films as Little Women, Lady for a Day, Gabriel Over the White House, Limehouse Blues, The Ghost Goes West, and Rasputin and the Empress. In 1939, she starred opposite Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in RKO's The Flying Deuces. Parker remained active in film throughout the 1940s, playing opposite Lon Chaney in Dead Man's Eyes, and a variety of other films. During World War II, she toured many of the veteran hospitals throughout the U.S. and performed on radio. In the 1950s, Parker co-starred opposite Edward G. Robinson in Black Tuesday; had a small but effective role in The Gunfighter, and appeared in A Lawless Street (1955). Her last film appearance was Apache Uprising (1966). Parker also appeared on Broadway. In 1949, she replaced Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday on Broadway and enjoyed a successful run in this classic. She appeared on Broadway opposite Bert Lahr in the play Burlesque. She did summer stock in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, toured in the play Candlelight and Loco, and performed on stage in other professional productions. In 1954, Parker played the role of "Cattle Kate Watson of Wyoming" in an episode of the syndicated television series Stories of the Century, the first western program to win an Emmy Award. The series starred and was narrated by Jim Davis. Later in her career and life, Parker continued a successful stint on the West Coast theatre circuit and worked as an acting coach. At age 83, Parker moved into the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, where she died of a stroke on November 30, 2005, at the age of 90. She was survived by her son, Robert, and granddaughters Katie and Nora Hanks. She was buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills.

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Aug 11, 1915 In Deer Lodge, Montana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Divorce In The Family 1932-08-27
Latest Project:
Movie Beyond Christmas 2022
Known For
Poster of Beyond Christmas
Poster of A Lawless Street
Poster of The Lone Wolf
Poster of Suspense
Movie Beyond Christmas Jean Laurence 2022
Movie Cargo of Love Denise 1968-06-23
Movie Apache Uprising Mrs. Hawks 1965-12-29
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up Unknown 1963-07-01
Movie The Parson and the Outlaw Sarah Jones 1957-09-23
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie A Lawless Street Cora Dean 1955-11-15
Series Stories of the Century Ella Watson aka Cattle Kate 1954-01-23
Series The Lone Wolf Unknown 1954-01-01
Movie Black Tuesday Hatti Combest 1954-12-31
Series Private Secretary Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Those Redheads from Seattle Liz 1953-10-16
Movie Toughest Man in Arizona Della 1952-10-10
Movie The Gunfighter Molly 1950-06-23
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Movie Rolling Home Frances Crawford 1946-11-01
Movie Adventures of Kitty O'Day Kitty O'Day 1945-01-19
Movie Lady in the Death House Mary Kirk Logan 1944-03-15
Movie The Navy Way Ellen Sayre 1944-02-26
Movie Detective Kitty O'Day Kitty O'Day 1944-05-13
Movie Bluebeard Lucille 1944-11-11
Movie Oh, What a Night! Valerie 1944-09-02
Movie One Body Too Many Carol Dunlap 1944-11-24
Movie Dead Man's Eyes Heather Hayden 1944-11-10
Movie High Explosive Connie Baker 1943-03-27
Movie Alaska Highway Ann Coswell 1943-06-24
Movie The Deerslayer Judith Hutter 1943-11-22
Movie Minesweeper Mary Smith 1943-11-10
Movie The Girl from Alaska Mary 'Pete' McCoy 1942-04-16
Movie Hello, Annapolis Doris Henley 1942-04-23
Movie Torpedo Boat Grace Holman 1942-01-24
Movie I Live on Danger Susan Richards 1942-06-16
Movie Wrecking Crew Peggy Starr 1942-11-07
Movie Hi, Neighbor Dorothy Greenfield 1942-07-27
Movie The Traitor Within Molly Betts 1942-12-16
Movie Tomorrow We Live Julie Bronson 1942-09-23
Movie Power Dive Carol Blake 1941-06-04
Movie Roar of the Press Alice Williams 1941-04-17
Movie The Pittsburgh Kid Patricia Mallory 1941-08-29
Movie Flying Blind Shirley Brooks 1941-08-29
Movie No Hands on the Clock Mrs. Louise Campbell 1941-12-01
Movie Son of the Navy Stevie Moore 1940-01-01
Movie Knights of the Range Holly Ripple 1940-02-23
Movie Beyond Tomorrow Jean Lawrence 1940-05-10
Movie Young America Flies Jane 1940-07-13
Movie Romance of the Redwoods June Martin 1939-03-29
Movie Zenobia Mary Tibbett 1939-04-21
Movie She Married a Cop Linda Fay 1939-07-11
Movie The Flying Deuces Georgette 1939-11-03
Movie Parents on Trial Susan Wesley 1939-09-21
Movie Flight at Midnight Maxine Scott 1939-08-28
Movie Romance of the Limberlost Laurie 1938-06-16
Movie Penitentiary Elizabeth Mathews 1938-02-05
Movie The Arkansas Traveler Judy Allen 1938-10-14
Movie Life Begins with Love Carole Martin 1937-10-06
Movie The Farmer in the Dell Adie Boyer 1936-03-27
Movie The Texas Rangers Amanda Bailey 1936-08-28
Movie Princess O'Hara Princess O'Hara 1935-03-31
Movie Sequoia Toni Martin 1935-01-16
Movie Murder in the Fleet Betty Lansing 1935-05-24
Movie The Ghost Goes West Peggy Martin 1935-12-17
Movie Lazy River Sarah Lescalle 1934-03-16
Movie Two Alone Mazie 1934-01-26
Movie Operator 13 Eleanor 1934-06-08
Movie You Can't Buy Everything Elizabeth 'Beth' Burton Bell 1934-01-26
Movie Have a Heart Sally Moore 1934-09-07
Movie Limehouse Blues Toni 1934-12-11
Movie Caravan Timka 1934-12-30
Movie A Wicked Woman Rosanne Stroud, aka Rosanne Trice 1934-12-07
Movie Gabriel Over the White House Alice Bronson 1933-03-31
Movie The Secret of Madame Blanche Eloise 1933-02-03
Movie Made on Broadway Adele 1933-05-19
Movie What Price Innocence? Ruth Harper 1933-06-24
Movie Storm at Daybreak Danitza 1933-06-14
Movie Little Women Beth 1933-11-24
Movie Lady for a Day Louise 1933-09-13
Movie Divorce In The Family Miss Lucile SmIth 1932-08-27
Movie Rasputin and the Empress Princess Maria (uncredited) 1932-12-23