Jergens and Glenn Langan in 1950
Adele Louisa Jurgens (or Jurgenson)
November 26, 1917
Brooklyn, New York. U.S.
|Died||November 22, 2002 (aged 84)|
Camarillo, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Glenn Langan (1949-1991) (his death) 1 child|
Adele Jergens (November 26, 1917 – November 22, 2002) was an American actress.
Early life and career
Born in Brooklyn, New York, as Adele Louisa Jurgens (some sources say Jurgenson), she rose to prominence in the late 1930s when she was named "Miss World's Fairest" at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In the early 1940s, she briefly worked as a Rockette and was named the Number One Showgirl in New York City.
After a few years of working as a model and chorus girl, including being an understudy to Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway show Star and Garter in 1942, Jergens landed a movie contract with Columbia Pictures in 1944, with brunette Jergens becoming a blonde.
At the beginning of her career she had roles in movies in which she was usually cast as a blonde floozy or burlesque dancer, as in Down to Earth starring Rita Hayworth (1947) and The Dark Past starring William Holden (1948).
She played Marilyn Monroe's mother in Ladies of the Chorus (1948) despite being only nine years older than Monroe. She played an exotic dancer in Armored Car Robbery (1950) and appeared in the movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951).
She had a part in The Cobweb (1955), directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Richard Widmark and Lauren Bacall. She worked in the 1950s radio show Stand By for Crime as 'Glamourpuss' Carol Curtis with her real-life husband Glenn Langan as Chuck Morgan.
Personal life and death
In 1949, while filming Treasure of Monte Cristo, a film noir set in San Francisco, she met and married co-star Glenn Langan. They had one child, a son named Tracy Langan, who eventually worked in Hollywood behind the scenes as a film technician. Jergens and Langan remained married until his death from lymphoma on January 26, 1991, at age 73. Tracy Langan died of a brain tumor in 2001.
- Hello Frisco, Hello (1943)
- Sweet Rosie O'Grady (1943)
- The Gang's All Here (1943)
- Jane Eyre (1943)
- Pin Up Girl (1944)
- Black Arrow (1944)
- Dancing in Manhattan (1944)
- Together Again (1944)
- Tonight and Every Night (1945)
- State Fair (1945)
- Fallen Angel (1945)
- She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945)
- A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
- Down to Earth (1947)
- The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947)
- When a Girl's Beautiful (1947)
- Blondie's Anniversary (1947)
- The Dark Past (1948)
- I Love Trouble (1948)
- The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
- The Woman from Tangier (1948)
- Ladies of the Chorus (1948)
- The Prince of Thieves (1948)
- Slightly French (1949)
- Treasure of Monte Cristo (1949)
- The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949)
- Law of the Barbary Coast (1949)
- Make Believe Ballroom (1949)
- The Mutineers (1949)
- Side Street (1950)
- Armored Car Robbery (1950)
- Beware of Blondie (1950)
- Blonde Dynamite (1950)
- Everybody's Dancin' (1950)
- Radar Secret Service (1950)
- Edge of Doom (1950)
- The Traveling Saleswoman (1950)
- Blues Busters (1950)
- The Sound of Fury (1950)
- Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
- Sugarfoot (1951)
- Show Boat (1951)
- Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
- Somebody Loves Me (1952)
- Fireman Save My Child (1954)
- Overland Pacific (1954)
- The Miami Story (1954)
- The Big Chase (1954)
- Strange Lady in Town (1955)
- The Day the World Ended (1955)
- Outlaw Treasure (1955)
- The Cobweb (1955)
- The Lonesome Trail (1955)
- Girls in Prison (1956)
- Fighting Trouble (1956)
- Runaway Daughters (1956)
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