42 Facts About Jennifer Jones


Jennifer Jones's third role was a lead part as Bernadette Soubirous in The Song of Bernadette, which earned her the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress.


Jennifer Jones went on to star in several films that garnered her significant critical acclaim and a further three Academy Award nominations in the mid-1940s, including Since You Went Away, Love Letters, and Duel in the Sun.


In 1949, Jennifer Jones married film producer David O Selznick, and appeared as the eponymous Madame Bovary in Vincente Minnelli's 1949 adaptation.


Jennifer Jones appeared in several films throughout the 1950s, including Ruby Gentry, John Huston's adventure comedy Beat the Devil, and Vittorio De Sica's drama Terminal Station.


Jennifer Jones earned her fifth Academy Award nomination for her performance as a Eurasian doctor in Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.


Jennifer Jones made her final film appearance in The Towering Inferno.


Jennifer Jones suffered from mental health problems during her life and survived a 1967 suicide attempt in which she jumped from a cliff in Malibu Beach.


Jennifer Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement, living for the last six years of her life in Malibu, California where she died of natural causes in 2009, aged 90.


Jennifer Jones was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Flora Mae and Phillip Ross Isley.


Jennifer Jones's father was originally from Georgia, while her mother was a native of Sacramento, California.


Jennifer Jones accompanied them, performing on occasion as part of the Isley Stock Company.


In 1925, Jennifer Jones enrolled at Edgemere Public School in Oklahoma City, then attended Monte Cassino, a Catholic girls school and junior college in Tulsa.


Jennifer Jones landed two small roles, first in the 1939 John Wayne Western New Frontier, which she filmed in the summer of 1939 for Republic Pictures.


Shortly after Jennifer Jones married Walker, she gave birth to two sons: Robert Walker Jr.


Jennifer Jones was carefully groomed for stardom and given a new name: Jennifer Jones.


Simultaneous to her rise to prominence for The Song of Bernadette, Jennifer Jones began an affair with producer Selznick.


Jennifer Jones separated from Walker in November 1943, co-starred with him in Since You Went Away, and formally divorced him in June 1945.


Jennifer Jones earned a third successive Academy Award nomination for her performance opposite Joseph Cotten in the film noir Love Letters.


Jennifer Jones's dark beauty and initial saintly image was a stark contrast three years later when she was cast as a provocative biracial woman in Selznick's controversial Western Duel in the Sun, where she portrayed a Mestiza orphan in Texas who falls in love with an Anglo man.


Jennifer Jones married Selznick at sea on July 13,1949, en route to Europe, after having carried on a relationship for five years.


The year they married, Jennifer Jones starred opposite John Garfield in John Huston's adventure film We Were Strangers.


Jennifer Jones next starred in William Wyler's drama Carrie, opposite Laurence Olivier.


In 1953, Jennifer Jones was cast opposite Montgomery Clift in Italian director Vittorio De Sica's Terminal Station, a Rome-set drama concerning a romance between an American woman and an Italian man.


Also in 1953, Jennifer Jones re-teamed with director John Huston to star in his film Beat the Devil, an adventure comedy co-starring Humphrey Bogart.


Jennifer Jones was cast as Eurasian doctor Han Suyin in the drama Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, a role that earned her her fifth Academy Award nomination.


Jennifer Jones followed this with a lead in the Ernest Hemingway adaptation A Farewell to Arms, opposite Rock Hudson.


Jennifer Jones was a registered Republican who supported Dwight Eisenhower's campaign in the 1952 presidential election and was of the Catholic faith.


Selznick died at age 63 on June 22,1965, and after his death, Jennifer Jones semi-retired from acting.


Jennifer Jones's first role in four years was a lead part in the British drama The Idol, as the mother of an adult son in the Swinging Sixties London, who has an affair with his best friend.


In 1966, Jennifer Jones made a rare theatrical appearance in the revival of Clifford Odets' The Country Girl, co-starring Rip Torn, at New York's City Center.


Jennifer Jones was hospitalized in a coma from the incident before eventually recovering.


Jennifer Jones returned to film with Angel, Angel, Down We Go in 1969, about a teenage girl who uses her association with a rock band to manipulate her family.


On May 29,1971, Jennifer Jones married her third husband, Norton Simon, a multi-millionaire industrialist, art collector and philanthropist from Portland, Oregon.


Jennifer Jones spent the remainder of her life outside of the public eye.


Four years before the death of her husband Simon in June 1993, he resigned as President of Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena and Jennifer Jones Simon was appointed chairman of the Board of Trustees, President and Executive Officer.


Jennifer Jones remained active as the director of the Norton Simon Museum until 2003, when she was given emerita status.


Jennifer Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement, living with her eldest child, son Robert Walker Jr.


Jennifer Jones participated in Gregory Peck's AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony in 1989 and appeared at the 70th and 75th Academy Awards as part of the shows' tributes to past Oscar winners.


Jennifer Jones died of natural causes on December 17,2009, at age 90.


Jennifer Jones was cremated and her ashes were interred with her second husband in the Selznick private room at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.


Jennifer Jones suffered from shyness for much of her life and avoided discussing her past and personal life with journalists.


Jennifer Jones was averse to discussing critical analysis of her work.