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      Gloria Jean

      Gloria Jean

      Highest Rated: 100% Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Copacabana (1947)

      Birthday: Apr 14, 1926

      Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

      Groomed by Universal Pictures as a potential successor to Deanna Durbin, Gloria Jean never did supplant the better-known singing starlet in the hearts of moviegoers during World War II, but enjoyed a star ascendancy all her own. Pennsylvania's own Baby Skylark had been selected by producer Joe Pasternak to star in Universal's summer musical "The Under-Pup" (1939) and audiences immediately warmed to the 11-year-old newcomer, whose lilting soprano voice was offset by a refreshingly middle-class demeanor. Often cast as an underprivileged youth at odds with her societal betters, Jean sailed through a string of wartime songfests aimed at lifting homefront morale, teaming with hoofer Donald O'Conner for "What's Cookin'" (1942) and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (1943), and with jazz drummer Mel Tormé for "Pardon My Rhythm" (1944). As she edged towards the edge of consent, Jean's status as Shirley Temple-style Li'l Miss Fixit declined and the studio shoehorned her into vehicles largely unworthy of her talents, including the Olsen and Johnson farce "Ghost Catchers" (1944) and the dockside crime drama "The River Gang" (1945). Unable to regain her celebrity footing on the big screen or in the burgeoning medium of television, Jean quit showbiz to help found Redken Cosmetics, where she remained for 30 years. Retired to Hawaii in 2007 (where she died at the age of 92 on August 31, 2018), Jean seemed at peace with her legacy as a Hollywood also-ran, albeit one who did more than her share to lift American spirits during the dark days of the Second World War.

      Highest rated movies

      Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
      Copacabana

      Photos

      MISTER BIG, from left, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, 1943 COPACABANA, Steve Cochran, Gloria Jean, 1947 GET HEP TO LOVE, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, 1942 IF I HAD MY WAY, Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, 1940 THE MERRY MONAHANS, Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, 1944 GET HEP TO LOVE, Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor, 1942 MISTER BIG, Gloria Jean, 1943 THE UNDER-PUP, Gloria Jean, 1939 MISTER BIG, Peggy Ryan, Donald O'Connor, Gloria Jean, 1943 DESTINY, Alan Curtis, Gloria Jean, 1944 WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME, Gloria Jean, 1942 THE UNDER-PUP, from left: Beulah Bondi, Gloria Jean, 1939 RECKLESS AGE, Gloria Jean (left), Franklin Pangborn, 1944 THE UNDER-PUP, from left: C. Aubrey Smith, Gloria Jean, 1939 IF I HAD MY WAY, Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, El Brendel, 1940 IF I HAD MY WAY, Gloria Jean, Bing Crosby, 1940 IF I HAD MY WAY, Charles Winninger, Gloria Jean, Bing Crosby, 1940 IF I HAD MY WAY, Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, 1940 IF I HAD MY WAY, seated from left: Bing Crosby, Gloria Jean, Charles Winninger (trombone), 1940 GHOST CATCHERS, Chic Johnson, Ole Olsen, Martha O'Driscoll, Walter Catlett, Gloria Jean, 1944

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Air Strike Marg Huggins (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Old-Fashioned Girl Polly Milton (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There's a Girl in My Heart Ruth Kroner (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Manhattan Angel Gloria Cole (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Surrender Dear Patty Nelson aka Patty Hart (Character) - 1948
      20% 41% Copacabana Anne Stuart (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Remember April April Garfield (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy to Look At Judy (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pardon My Rhythm Jinx Page (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost Catchers Melinda Marshall (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destiny Jane Broderick (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonlight in Vermont Gwen Harding (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Comes Up Love Victoria Peabody (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Cookin'? Sue Courtney (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Hep to Love Doris Stanley (Character) - 1942
      100% 82% Never Give a Sucker an Even Break His Niece/Gloria Jean (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 45% If I Had My Way Patricia Johnson (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Little Bit of Heaven Midge Loring (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Under-Pup Pip-Emma Binns (Character) - 1939

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lock Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1961