Jennifer Jones Overview:

Legendary actress, Jennifer Jones, was born Phylis Lee Isley on Mar 2, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jones died at the age of 90 on Dec 17, 2009 in Malibu, CA and was cremated and her ashes given to family or friend.


It seemed that this dark-haired American actress, with her alabaster beauty, was forever after roles as tempestuous women of destiny (perhaps to escape her saintly Oscar for The Song of Bernadette) when what she was best at, in terms of getting an audience to respond to the character, were the Jennies, the Miss Doves, and the Cluny Browns of this world. Married to Robert Walker (1939-1945) and David O. Selznick (1949 until his death in 1965). She also received Oscar nominations for Since You Went Away, Love Letters, Duel in the Sun (making four consecutive years) and Love is a Many-Splendored Thing. Mother of actor Robert Walker Jr.

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Jennifer Jones was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for The Song of Bernadette (as Bernadette Soubirous) in 1943.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1943Best ActressThe Song of Bernadette (1943)Bernadette SoubirousWon
1944Best Supporting ActressSince You Went Away (1944)Jane HiltonNominated
1945Best ActressLove Letters (1945)SingletonNominated
1946Best ActressDuel in the Sun (1946)Pearl ChavezNominated
1955Best ActressLove Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)Han SuyinNominated

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

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(March 2, 1919 ? December 17, 2009) was an American Oscar-winning actress during the Hollywood golden years. Jones was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for her role as Bernadette Soubirous in “The Song of Bernadette” (1943). She married three times, most nota... Read full article

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Jennifer Jones Quotes:

Jane Deborah Hilton: Colonel Smollett, do you mind being talked to at breakfast?
Colonel William G. Smollett: I most certainly do mind.
Jane Deborah Hilton: It's about Bill.
Colonel William G. Smollett: About whom?
Jane Deborah Hilton: Bill. You remember, your grandson.
Colonel William G. Smollett: Yes indeed, I do remember. What about him?
Jane Deborah Hilton: He's a nice boy.
Colonel William G. Smollett: A most interesting observation, Miss Hilton.
Jane Deborah Hilton: I'm afraid you don't understand him. He really needs you to help him, like a mother. He has an inferiority complex, and -
Colonel William G. Smollett: Young woman, I have handled men for 35 years, and I don't think I require any instructions on the subject, least of all about my own grandson!
Jane Deborah Hilton: I was only trying to help! He respects you so much!
Colonel William G. Smollett: Then I'll thank you to do the same and stop your intrusion in my affairs!
Jane Deborah Hilton: If you only knew the first thing about psychology you'd know better than to try to browbeat him. Colonel Smollett! Colonel Smollett, if you'd only listen.
Colonel William G. Smollett: You may advise your mother that henceforth I shall have a decent breakfast downtown for forty cents!
Jane Deborah Hilton: I think you're a rude, mean, horrible, old goat!

Astrid Steele: I made thirty stag films and never faked an orgasm.

Jennie Appleton: There is no life, my darling, until you love and have been loved. And then there is no death.

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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.

Was the daughter of the owners and stars of Isley Stock Col, a tent show that toured the Midwest. Became interested in acting while young and appeared in her parent's shows.

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