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Jeanne Eagels Overview:

Legendary actress, Jeanne Eagels, was born Eugenia Eagles on Jun 26, 1890 in Kansas City, MO. Eagels died at the age of 39 on Oct 3, 1929 in New York City, NY .



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

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1928/29Best ActressThe Letter (1929)Leslie CrosbieNominated

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: A Life Revealed

on Feb 1, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Often used as the poster child for the pitfalls of Hollywood, has a tragic story commonly associated with the blondes of Tinsel Town; considering Eagels’ prolific career on the stage and in the early decades of Hollywood, she might be the origin of the stigma. Authors Tara Hanks ... Read full article


on Jun 26, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

The 1950s definitely enjoyed biopics, as evidenced by the amount I’ve previously reviewed (The Buster Keaton Story, The George Raft Story, Valentino). Probably one of the better remembered ones, was the proving ground for Kim Novak as a dramatic actress. Lambasted by the family t... Read full article


By FlickChick on Nov 13, 2014 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in the British Empire Blogathon, hosted by Phantom Empires and The Stalking Moon. Click HERE for more fabulous entries! What happens when you plunk a cool, icy Brit down in the middle of the steamy tropics? Do you really have to ask? Why, illicit sex, mayhem and usually m... Read full article


By Angela on Feb 10, 2011 From Hollywood Revue

In the late 1910s, (Kim Novak) was nothing more than an aspiring actress from Kansas City.? When she meets a traveling salesman who says he can fix it so she can win a beauty pageant at the carnival, she buys it hook, line, and sinker.? But when she gets to the pageant, Sal Satori (Jef... Read full article

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Jeanne Eagels Facts
Changed the spelling of her last name when she became famous from Eagles to Eagels because she thought it would look better in lights. It is the original spelling, not the stage spelling that is engraved on her headstone in Kansas City, Missouri.

Her Academy Award nomination for The Letter (1929) made her the first ever posthumous Oscar nominee.

Best known on Broadway for her role of Sadie Thompson in "Rain."

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