Isabel Jewell

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Isabel Jewell
Isabel Jewell in The Casino Murder Case.jpg
from the trailer for
The Casino Murder Case (1935).
Born (1907-07-19)July 19, 1907
Shoshoni, Wyoming, U.S.
Died April 5, 1972(1972-04-05) (aged 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other names Isabel Jewel
Isobel Jewell
Occupation Actress
Years active 1932–1972
Spouse(s) Paul Marion (divorced)
Owen Crump (divorced)

Isabel Jewell (July 19, 1907 – April 5, 1972) was an American actress most active in the 1930s and early 1940s. Some of her most famous films were Ceiling Zero, Marked Woman, and Gone With the Wind.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Shoshoni, Fremont County, Wyoming, Jewell was a Broadway actress who achieved immediate success and glowing critical reviews in two productions, Up Pops the Devil (1930) and Blessed Event (1932).

She was brought to Hollywood by Warner Brothers for the film version of the latter. Jewell appeared in a variety of supporting roles during the early 1930s. She played stereotypical gangster's women in such films as Manhattan Melodrama (1934) and Marked Woman (1937). She was well received playing against type, as an innocent seamstress sentenced to death on the guillotine, in A Tale of Two Cities (1935).

Her most significant role was as the prostitute Gloria Stone in Lost Horizon (1937). In the mid to late 1930s, Jewell was seen at nightclubs with William Hopper (who appeared on Perry Mason and was the son of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and stage star DeWolf Hopper).

Jewell's films included Gone with the Wind (1939) (in the role of "that white trash, Emmy Slattery"), Northwest Passage (1940), High Sierra (1941), and the low-budget The Leopard Man (1943). By the end of the 1940s, her roles had reduced in significance to the degree that her performances were often uncredited, e.g. The Snake Pit. She also performed in radio dramas in the 1950s, including This is Your FBI.

In 1972, she appeared opposite Edie Sedgwick in the film Ciao! Manhattan. Her final film was the B movie Sweet Kill (1973), the directorial debut of future Academy Award winner Curtis Hanson.

Death[edit]

Jewell died in Los Angeles, California, aged 64, from undisclosed causes.

Isabel Jewell was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to motion pictures.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1932 Blessed Event Dorothy Lane Uncredited
1933 The Crime of the Century Bridge Player Uncredited
Bondage Beulah
Beauty for Sale Hortense Credited as Isobel Jewell
Bombshell Lily, Junior's Girl Friend Credited as Isobel Jewell
Day of Reckoning Kate Lovett
Advice to the Lovelorn Rose
The Women in His Life Catherine 'Cathy' Watson
Counsellor at Law Bessie Green
Design for Living Plunkett's Stenographer
1934 Men in White Scenes deleted
Let's Be Ritzy Betty
Manhattan Melodrama Annabelle
Here Comes the Groom Angy
She Had to Choose Sally Bates
Evelyn Prentice Judith Wilson
I've Been Around Sally Van Loan
1935 Shadow of Doubt Inez 'Johnny' Johnson - singer
Times Square Lady 'Babe' Sweeney
The Casino Murder Case Amelia Llewellyn
Mad Love Marianne Scenes deleted
A Tale of Two Cities Seamstress
1936 Ceiling Zero Lou Clarke
Dancing Feet Mabel Henry
The Leathernecks Have Landed Brooklyn
Big Brown Eyes Bessie Blair
Small Town Girl Emily 'Em' Brannan
36 Hours to Kill Jeanie Benson
The Man Who Lived Twice Peggy Russell
Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Lilli Eipper
Go West, Young Man Gladys
Career Woman Gracie Clay
1937 Lost Horizon Gloria
Marked Woman Emmy Lou Eagan
Love on Toast Belle Huntley
1938 Swing It, Sailor! Myrtle Montrose
The Crowd Roars Mrs. Martin
1939 They Asked for It Molly Herkimer
Missing Daughters Peggy
Gone with the Wind Emmy Slattery
1940 Oh Johnny, How You Can Love Gertie
'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) Jennie Coit
Irene Jane McGee
Babies for Sale Edith Drake
Scatterbrain Esther Harrington
Marked Men Linda Harkness
Little Men Stella
1941 High Sierra Blonde
For Beauty's Sake Amy Devore
1943 The Leopard Man Maria - Fortune Teller
The Seventh Victim Frances Fallon
Danger! Women at Work Marie
The Falcon and the Co-eds Mary Phoebus
1944 The Merry Monahans Rose Monahan
1945 Steppin' in Society Jenny the Juke
Sensation Hunters Mae
1946 Badman's Territory Belle Starr
1947 Born to Kill Laury Palmer
The Bishop's Wife Hysterical mother
1948 Michael O'Halloran Mrs. Laura Nelson
The Snake Pit Ward 33 Inmate Uncredited
Unfaithfully Yours First Telephone Operator Uncredited
Belle Starr's Daughter Belle Starr
1949 The Story of Molly X Mrs. Mack—Prison Laundry Matron Uncredited
1952 The Adventures of Kit Carson Mary Barker 1 episode
Fireside Theatre 1 episode
The Unexpected Sister 1 episode
Mr. & Mrs. North 1 episode
1953 Man in the Attic Katy
1954 Drum Beat Lily White
1955 Treasury Men in Action 1 episode
1956 Dr. Christian Mae 1 episode
1957 Bernardine Mrs. McDuff
Climax! Actress 1 episode
1961 The Aquanauts Miss Port 1 episode
Lock Up 1 episode
1962 The Untouchables Sophie 1 episode
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Mrs. Lyons 1 episode
1965 Gunsmoke Mme. Ahr 1 episode
1972 Ciao! Manhattan Mummy
1973 Sweet Kill Mrs. Cole

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