Jean Hagen

Highest Rated: 100% Dead Ringer (1964)
Birthday: Aug 3, 1923
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
After majoring in drama and music at Northwestern University, Jean Hagen went to New York, where she worked as an usherette by day and a radio actress by night. In 1949, Hagen was one of several "new face" Broadway performers (including Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell and David Wayne) selected to appear in the supporting cast of the Tracy/Hepburn comedy Adam's Rib; she played the slatternly "other woman" who comes between Judy Holliday and Tom Ewell. This led to a long-term MGM contract and a telling dramatic role as Sterling Hayden's doomed girlfriend in John Huston's Asphalt Jungle (1950). In 1952, Hagen was cast in her best-ever screen role: screechy-voiced silent film star Lina Lamont ("Waddya think I am, dumb or sumpin'?") in the imperishable Singin' in the Rain. From 1953 through 1956, Hagen played Margaret Williams, wife of nightclub entertainer Danny Thomas, in Make Room for Daddy. Her character was summarily "killed off" when she left the series in its third season; according to Thomas, Hagen felt that sitcom work was beneath her. Unfortunately, with such notable exceptions as The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Sunrise at Campobello (1960), Hagen's career went into an eclipse after Make Room for Daddy, and by 1964 she had retired from acting. As historian Bill Warren observed, Hagen "was so versatile that, paradoxically, she became hard to cast." In the mid-1970s, after undergoing radical surgery and cobalt treatment for throat cancer, Hagen valiantly attempted a comeback in character roles. Jean Hagen died at the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital at the age of 54.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Singin' In The Rain 60th Anniversary Event Encore Actor 2012
No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer Actor 2002
100% Dead Ringer Dede 1964
67% Panic in Year Zero! (End of the World) Ann Baldwin 1962
86% Sunrise at Campobello Missy Le Hand 1960
67% The Shaggy Dog Frieda Daniels 1959
86% The Big Knife Connie Bliss 1955
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Anne Kellwood 1953
No Score Yet Arena Meg Hutchins 1953
No Score Yet Carbine Williams Maggie Williams 1952
100% Singin' in the Rain Lina Lamont 1952
No Score Yet No Questions Asked Joan Brenson 1951
No Score Yet Night Into Morning (People in Love) Girl Next Door 1951
No Score Yet Shadow in the Sky Stella 1951
97% The Asphalt Jungle Doll Conovan 1950
83% Side Street Harriet Sinton 1950
No Score Yet Ambush Martha Conovan 1950
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Maggie Collins 1950
100% Adam's Rib Beryl Caighn 1949

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Elizabeth Crowley
  • 1961
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Madge
  • 1957

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