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Jennifer Jones : a bio-bibliography
Carrier, Jeffrey L.
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New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.
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xv, 140 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Includes index.
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PN2287.J59 C37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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This bio-bibliography focuses on the life and career of Jennifer Jones, reexamining her as a uniquely talented actress rather than as the wife and protegd'e of David O. Selznick. a superior reference work. A concise biography is followed by a chronology, a filmography, a listing of radio, theatre and television credits, a list of awards and nominations, and an annotated bibliography. "Classic Images"

This bio-bibliography focuses on the life and career of Jennifer Jones, an actress as well known for her marriage to David O. Selznick as she is for her performances. As a research tool for those interested in an academic study and reevaluation of her career, however, this work looks at Jones not as the wife and protegee of Selznick but as an individual with a unique and accomplished acting style. In surveying the history of the relationship with Selznick, and covering the 23 feature films and one serial appearance that make up the career of Jennifer Jones, Jeffrey Carrier has separated the performances from the Selznick influence and discovered a talent that is often surprising.

The book provides a complete view of the professional life of Jennifer Jones, from her earliest screen appearance in 1939 to her current activities with charitable organizations. It is comprised of seven major sections: a detailed biography; a chronology that summarizes the highlights of her life; a complete filmography that includes casts and credits, synopses, release dates, running times, selected reviews, and sources for study; a listing of radio, theater, and television appearances; awards and nominations; an annotated bibliography; and a complete cross-referenced index. An accompanying appendix contains the New York Times obituaries for Robert Walker and David O. Selznick. This important attempt to reexamine the career of Jennifer Jones will be a valuable reference source for courses in film history and for film fans and scholars, as well as a notable addition to both academic and public libraries.

Author Notes

JEFFREY L. CARRIER is a creative assistant at Ogilvy & Mather Advertising and is currently assisting Kathleen Tynan in researching book and film projects. His article Patsy Ruth Miller appeared in the April 1989 issue of Films in Review , and he contributed research and the filmography to the book My Hollywood-When Both of Us Were Young: The Memories of Patsy Ruth Miller .

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This work has seven sections: a biography; a chronology of highlights of Jones's life; a filmography with selected reviews; a listing of radio, theater, and television appearances; a list of awards and nominations; an annotated bibliography of references in books, magazines (many in movie/fan magazines), and newspapers; and an index of names and film titles. There are a dozen illustrations; appendixes include New York Times obituaries for Jones's husbands, Robert Walker and David O. Selznick. Other works on Jones are The Films of Jennifer Jones by W. Franklyn Moshier (1978), which has some biographical information as well as film details, with many illustrations, and Star-Crossed: The Story of Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones, by movie publicist Beverly Linet (1986). Carrier's book is part of the series "Bio-bibliographies in the Performing Arts," which offers four other 1990 volumes on women performers: Ann Sothern, by Margie Schultz; Alice Fay, by Barry Rivadue; Maureen O'Sullivan, by Connie J. Billips; and Ava Gardner, by Karin J. Fowler. Volumes in the series have similar formats--biography, filmography, chronology, etc., and, when appropriate, discographies and song sheets, as well as references to archival material. These volumes are generally recommended for film collections, depending on interest in their subjects, though the tendency to make assumptions or to repeat gossip is occasionally irresistible to some of the authors. Acknowledging that something is gossip may not mean it can then be used with impunity. -M. McCormick, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Biography: A Portrait of Jennifer Chronology
Filmography Radio, Theatre, Television Awards and Nominations
Appendix A ObituaryRobert Walker
Appendix B ObituaryDavid O. Selznick