Marine Jahan

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Marine Jahan
Born (1959-01-01) January 1, 1959 (age 55)
Versailles, France
Occupation Dancer, actress

Marine Jahan (born January 1, 1959, Versailles, France) is a French actress and dancer.

In the United States, she is most widely known for having doubled for Jennifer Beals in the 1983 movie Flashdance.[1][2] At the time of its release, Jahan's role in the movie was controversial for several reasons. Beals was an unknown actress when Flashdance came out, and throughout the movie there were a lot of close up shots of what was implied to be Beals' body. However Marine Jahan's role was not listed on the movie's opening or ending credits, and because the movie was a huge hit by the time the truth had come out, some felt deceived to find out it was neither Beals' body nor her dancing.[3] The producers of the film stated it was never a secret that they had used a stunt double, and that Jahan's name not appearing in the film was due to Paramount Pictures shortening the closing credits.[4] Marine Jahan's other major film appearance was as a dancer in "Torchie's" bar in the 1984 movie Streets of Fire.

Jahan was also the model used for Snoopy in the Peanuts special It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown. That is, Snoopy was animated just like Jahan's dance moves via rotoscoping.

Jahan also played the role of Madame St. Cyr in the 1997 Broadway production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. She also made a guest appearance on the short-lived television series, The Wizard in 1986. She played the part of a dancer who is paralyzed after being shot by a stalker.


  1. ^ "Hoofers Hidden in the Shadows Dream of the Limelight". People. April 2, 1984. 
  2. ^ Maniac on the Floor, Entertainment Weekly issue #956 dated September 28, 2007
  3. ^ Jennifer Beals biography, Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Dancer not getting credit for work in "Flashdance" The Ledger April 22, 1983

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