Job Actress
Years active 1932-1972
Known for Hard-boiled, tough-talking broads, gangster's molls, dumb blondes, prostitutes
Top Roles Ward 33 Inmate, , Bessie Green, Seamstress, Gloria
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Adventure
Top TopicsBook-Based, Pre-Code Cinema, Gangsters
Top Collaborators (Producer), , (Producer), (Producer)
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Isabel Jewell Overview:

Character actress, Isabel Jewell, was born on Jul 19, 1907 in Shoshone, WY. Jewell died at the age of 64 on Apr 5, 1972 in Hollywood, CA .


Isabel Jewell was a petite American platinum blonde actress who never quite made it as a star after coming to Hollywood from Broadway success in 1932. She later played hard-bitten or world-weary dames before falling on hard times when acting roles dried up. She had several brushes with the law before her death from natural causes at age 64. She is best remembered as Gloria Stone (who decides to stay in Shangri-la) in the 1937 film "Lost Horizon".

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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What?s your best-remembered performance? Is it the ill-fated Laury Palmer,?who meets her end in?Born to Kill?(1947)?at the hands of her psychotic boyfriend? Or the seamstress who is condemned to die in A Tale of Two Cities (1935)? ?Maybe it?s Gloria in Lost Horizon (1937), the cynical,... Read full article

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Isabel Jewell Quotes:

Bessie Green: Who's calling, please? Mr. McKey? K as in kitty?

Sydney Carton: My poor child. It isn't understanding we need now. It's courage.
Seamstress: You're going to die in his place. Why?
Sydney Carton: He is my friend.
Seamstress: You're so brave... When we go to the guillotine, will you let me hold your hand? That might give me courage, too.
Sydney Carton: Yes. I'll hold it to the last.
Seamstress: To the last.

Mrs. Kraft: You know, you ought to put on some meat, Laury. You're so skinny, can't grab hold of you anywhere.
Laury Palmer: I haven't noticed anybody having any trouble.

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