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Closing Credits: Jennifer Jones

JenniferJones.jpgJennifer Jones, an actress well known through the forties and fifties, died on the 17th of December.

She won an Oscar for her performance in The Song of Bernadette where she played a French girl who claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858. She was nominated for Oscars some seven times.

Jennifer Jones was considered one of Hollywood's leading ladies of the time and first appeared on screen in John Wayne's New Frontier at the age of twenty and it was only nine years later that she won an Oscar in The Song of Bernadette for her leading role. The director of the film, Henry King, said of her that she was the only actress who convinced him that she truly saw a vision when she was directed to gaze upon a stick being held in the air - some things in film-making don't change.

She appeared in a number of leading roles and major films from that point including Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Duel in the Sun, We Were Strangers, The Wild Heart, Beat the Devil, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, A Farewell to Arms and her last role on screen, The Towering Inferno, appearing alongside a great number of leading men of the time from Gregory Peck to Humphrey Bogart.

As always, Filmstalker's readers thoughts are with the family and friends at this time.

Jennifer Jones



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