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Jean Hagen Overview:

Legendary actress, Jean Hagen, was born Jean Shirley Verhagen on Aug 3, 1923 in Chicago, IL. Hagen died at the age of 54 on Aug 29, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Chapel Of The Pines Crematory Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Hagen was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1952Best Supporting ActressSingin' in the Rain (1952)Lina LamontNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Happy Birthday (1923-1977)

By monty on Aug 3, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Best remembered as Lina Lamont, the silent-film star in Singin' in the Rain (1952), who could not manage the transition to talkies. That is, not without Debbie Reynolds's help.In Singin' in the Rain (1952), Debbie Reynolds character lip-synced to Jean's spoken voice for film-within-the-film, The Dan... Read full article


By Dawn on Apr 24, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

June Hagan's, first film was as a femme fatale in Adam's Rib in 1949.The Asphalt Jungle (1950). Was first starring performance which she received excellent reviews. She is best known for her wonderful performance in Singin' in the Rain. As the talentless silent movie star Lina Lamont, Hag... Read full article


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Jean Hagen Quotes:

Lina: What's wrong with the way I talk? What's the big idea? Am I dumb or something?


Freeda Daniels: There is nothing wrong with girls; they're character building.


Lina: You mean it's going to say on the screen that I don't talk and sing for myself?


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Jean Hagen Facts
Had two children with Tom Seidel, a daughter named Christine and a son named Aric.

Began her career on 1940s radio serials 'Light of the World' and 'Hollywood Story'. Became acquainted with writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur who cast her in their play 'Swan Song'. Had further notable roles on Broadway in 'Another Part of the Forest' (1946-47) and 'The Traitor' (1949) and was consequently signed to a contract by MGM.

A prolonged illness necessitated her early retirement in the mid-60s with her entering a convalescent home for the rest of her life. A desire to act one more time happened in 1977 when she appeared briefly as a landlady in the TV-movie Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn (1977) (TV). She died shortly after of throat cancer.

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