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Jean Porter

One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Texas in 1925 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 14) and slowly graduated to sweet-natured ingénues in light, wholesome "B" fare. Most were sentimental trifles, such as Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)and Easy to Wed (1946), or western action with such obvious titles as Heart of the Rio Grande (1942) and Home in Wyomin' (1942). Despite her promise and talent, none of her approximately 30 films managed to set her apart and top stardom remained elusive. Jean's finest screen roles probably came with The Youngest Profession (1943) and Till the End of Time (1946), where she met future husband, director Edward Dmytryk. They married in 1948 and had three children: Richard, Victoria and Rebecca, the latter becoming a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator. Not long into their marriage, Dmytryk was branded a Communist as one of the "Hollywood Ten" (he was admittedly once a member of The American Communist Party) and the next decade or so would be a dark period of time for them. Unable to work, the blacklisted director moved his family to England where he found some employment. In 1951, however, Dmytryk decided to return to the States and was jailed for six months before giving testimony and being granted a reprieve. As a result, he was allowed to return to directing. Jean's last film, in fact, would be The Left Hand of God (1955) starring Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney, which was directed by her husband. Throughout their ordeal Jean and Edward remained a loyal couple and in later years wrote a book together "On Screen Acting" in 1984. Happily married until his death at age 90 of heart and kidney failure in 1999, Jean continues to be a regular attendee of film-related events and a by-line contributor for "Classic Images," the popular magazine for old-styled film fans, in which she reminisces of Hollywood back then. Date of Birth 8 December 1922, Cisco, Texas

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Dec 8, 1922 In Cisco, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Barb Wire 1922-05-31
Latest Project:
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood 1987-07-03
Known For
Poster of 77 Sunset Strip
Poster of Sea Hunt
Poster of Cry Danger
Poster of Roller Derby Girl
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Herself 1987-07-03
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Left Hand of God Mary Yin 1955-09-02
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Kentucky Jubilee Sally Shannon 1951-05-18
Movie Cry Danger Darlene LaVonne 1951-02-23
Movie G.I. Jane Jan Smith 1951-07-06
Movie Roller Derby Girl Unknown 1949-07-10
Movie Little Miss Broadway Judy Gibson 1947-06-19
Movie That Hagen Girl Sharon Bailey 1947-11-01
Movie Two Blondes and a Redhead Catherine Abbott 1947-11-05
Movie Till the End of Time Helen Ingersoll 1946-07-23
Movie Betty Co-Ed Joanne Leeds 1946-11-28
Movie Twice Blessed Kitty 1945-05-31
Movie Thrill of a Romance Ga-Ga Bride (uncredited) 1945-05-23
Movie Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood Ruthie 1945-10-05
Movie What Next, Corporal Hargrove? Jeanne Quidoc 1945-11-21
Movie Bathing Beauty Jean Allenwood 1944-06-27
Movie Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble Katy Anderson 1944-05-04
Movie San Fernando Valley Betty Lou Kenyon 1944-09-15
Movie Calaboose Major Barabara 1943-01-29
Movie The Youngest Profession Patricia Drew 1943-02-26
Movie Nazty Nuisance Kela 1943-08-06
Movie Heart of the Rio Grande Pudge 1942-03-11
Movie About Face Sally 1942-04-16
Movie Fall In Joan 1942-11-20
Movie Kiss the Boys Goodbye Girl Going to Audition (uncredited) 1941-08-01
Movie Hellzapoppin' Chorine (uncredited) 1941-12-25
Movie Never Give a Sucker an Even Break Passerby (uncredited) 1941-10-10
Movie One Million B.C. Shell Person - Loana's Sister 1940-04-05
Movie The Under-Pup Penguin Girl 1939-08-31
Movie Song and Dance Man Girl (uncredited) 1936-03-11
Movie Inside Information Gertie 1934-09-24
Movie Gambling Sex Classmate 1932-11-21
Movie Barb Wire Joan Lorne 1922-05-31