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Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

A longtime yoga practitioner.

After she reportedly tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized, and was temporarily in a coma after being found at the foot of a 400-foot cliff in Malibu, she got strongly involved in mental health issues.

Attended Northwestern University.

Chairman of the Norton Simon Museum.

Daughter Mary Jennifer Selznick was born Aug 12, 1954 and committed suicide on May 11, 1976.



Daughter Mary Jennifer Selznick, who was prone to emotional breakdowns and had difficulty accepting her father's death back in 1965, plunged to her death from the 22nd floor of a hotel in west Los Angeles in 1976 while Jennifer was back in Tulsa, Oklahoma visiting her dying father. An autopsy showed traces of morphine, barbiturates and alcohol in her system. The death was ruled a suicide.

Her daughter with David O. Selznick, Mary Jennifer Selznick, killed herself on May 11, 1976, only two days after Mother's Day.

Her first Oscar nomination for The Song of Bernadette (1943) marks her first of 4 consecutive nominations, a feat she shares with Thelma Ritter (1950-53), Marlon Brando (1951-54) Elizabeth Taylor (1957-60) and Al Pacino (1972-75). (Pacino and Brando's 4 consecutive nominations are the record for male actors. The female record is 5 in a row by Bette Davis (1938-1942) and Greer Garson (1941-1945).).

In 1980 she donated $1 million to establish the Jennifer Jones Simon Foundation for Mental Health and Education

In 1981 she bought the rights to Larry McMurtry's novel "Terms of Endearment" with the intention of starring in the film but director James Brooks told her that she was too old for the part. The role eventually went to 'Shirley Maclaine', who won an Oscar.

In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi, except Beat the Devil (1953) where she was dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta.

Is one of fifteen actresses who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a nun. The others, in chronological order, are: Gladys Cooper for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Ingrid Bergman for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Loretta Young and Celeste Holm for Come to the Stable (1949); Deborah Kerr for Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957); Audrey Hepburn for The Nun's Story (1959); Lilia Skala for Lilies of the Field (1963); Julie Andrews and Peggy Wood for The Sound of Music (1965); Anne Bancroft and

It was Jennifer, who was fascinated by Eastern philosophy, who persuaded husband Norton Simon to take his first trip to India. Simon became captivated by the art of regions he had hardly considered and later became a major force in the Indian and Southeast Asian art market.

Measurements: 33-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Mother of Robert Walker Jr. and Michael Walker.

On November 9, 1967, she checked into a Malibu motel and took an overdose of sleeping pills. She was found unconscious on the beach and rushed to a nearby hospital and eventually recovered.

Once had interest in returning to the screen to play convicted murderess Jean Harris but abandoned the project when Ellen Burstyn appeared in a successful televised movie.

She is a breast cancer survivor.

She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Tau chapter (Northwestern) in 1937.

She met her third husband Norton Simon when he tried to buy the portrait of Jones used in her film Portrait of Jennie (1948). Her romance with the multimillionaire philanthropist and art collector started at a party hosted by fellow collector Walter Annenberg.

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