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Girl Next Door: The Life and Career of Jeanne Crain Kindle Edition
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Mr. Alistair tells us of Jeanne's first movie appearance in 1943's "The Gang's All Here" in which she has one small scene and one line. But her next movies, released in 1944, would be the start of bigger and better things for the fledgling actress. Mr. Alistair tells us, in detail, of each of the movies that Jeanne would either star or be featured in over the next twenty-nine years, in addition to her television and summer stock stage appearances. We also learn of the movie roles that she was either suggested for, were not made with her, and myths about certain roles are dispelled. The truth about why she was not cast in the role of Eve Harrington in 1950's "All About Eve," for example, is finally given its due. Jeanne starred alongside some of the most recognized leading men and women in Hollywood, even traveling to Italy to star in foreign-made films in her later years.
Some Jeanne Crain fans and admirers may know of her mid-1950's near-divorce from husband Paul Brinkman, which was fan magazine fodder, and Mr. Alistair goes into extensive detail in Chapter 11 titled "Divorce Court." While reading the book, I was AMAZED at the facts presented in the various chapters. This is not the type of book you just throw together. The painstakingly exhaustive Notes and References and Bibliography sections at the end of the book prove that this was indeed a heartfelt tribute to a favorite leading lady of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Jeanne Crain sort of went into seclusion in her later life, and Mr. Alistair explains the final years of this one-time star, with the help of family members who shared their recollections with the author. The photographs labeled, "Courtesy of the Jeanne Crain Brinkman Family Trust," are an added treat for the reader. In the final chapter, Chapter 14 titled "An Armful of Babies or a Scrapbook Full of Screen Credits," Mr. Alistair sums up Jeanne Crain in this way, "Even with her star status at Twentieth Century-Fox, Crain shared many of the same traits as the characters she portrayed on the screen. The unpretentious niceness she illuminated in her movies translated behind the scenes, where she would always take the time to know the crews on her films. Punctual and polite on the movie set, and patient with the demands of stardom, Jeanne was known in the industry as being accessible and caring. Her generosity and warmth reflected in a golden, radiant and beautiful woman." What a marvelous sentiment!
KUDOS to you, Rupert Alistair! You have written the DEFINITIVE biography of Jeanne Crain! THANK YOU for a FASCINATING book!!