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Jean Hagen

Highest Rated:   100% Dead Ringer (1964)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
100% Sunrise at Campobello
  • Missy Le Hand
1960
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Frieda Daniels
1959
80% 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
96% 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

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