- NAME: Jennifer Jones
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress, Television Actress
- BIRTH DATE: March 02, 1919
- DEATH DATE: December 17, 2009
- EDUCATION: Northwestern University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Tulsa, Oklahoma
- PLACE OF DEATH: Malibu, California
- Originally: Phillis Flora Isley
- AKA: Jennifer Jones
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Jennifer Jones was an American actress best known for her Academy Award-winning performance in the film The Song of Bernadette.
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These same elements might have been fully articulated in the Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger version of The Wild Heart (1952), but unfortunately Selznick's reworking of their footage does not present a rounded characterization.
No matter with what coloration one paints the envied Selznick-Jones collaboration, her status as melodramatic princess of the 1940s is indisputable. If adjectives such as ethereal and luminous became excess baggage with the passage of time, these qualities were responsible for Jones' realizing the evocative fantasy of Portrait of Jennie (1948), the fortunes fools romance of Love Letters (1945) and the valentine to homefront frustration in Since You Went Away (1944) - projects in which this actress's breathtaking vulnerability aroused the audience's protectiveness. If Selznick overproduced Portrait of Jennie, he stayed out of William Wyler's way long enough for Jones to hold her own against Laurence Olivier with her superb characterization of an unwittingly destructive demimonde in the underappreciated Carrie (1952).
Jones' career flourished in the 1950s, with the unexpected box-office bonanza Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), followed by Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) and The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957). Deftly imbricating the complexities in Jones' persona with F. Scott Fitzgerald themes, the flawed Tender Is the Night (1962) is the last film to resurrect her patented fragility to good effect. Afterwards, the neurotic mannerisms consume her performances in the unworthy The Idol (1966) and the cheesy Angel, Angel Down We Go (1970).
Jennifer Jones died on December 17, 2009 at age 90.
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