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from the trailer for
The Casino Murder Case (1935).
July 19, 1907|
Shoshoni, Wyoming, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 1972
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Other names||Isabel Jewel
|Spouse(s)||Paul Marion (1941-1943) (divorced)
Owen Crump (1936-?) (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, A Tale of Two Cities, and Gone With the Wind.
Early life and career
Born in Shoshoni, Fremont County, Wyoming, Jewell was the daughter of Emory Lee Jewell and Livia A. Willoughby Jewell. Her father was "a prominent ... doctor and medical researcher." She was educated at St. Mary's Academy in Minnesota and at Hamilton College in Kentucky.
After years in theater stock companies, including an 87-week stint in Lincoln, Nebraska, she hit the big time after getting a part on Broadway in Up Pops the Devil (1930). She received glowing critical reviews for Blessed Event (1932) as well.
Jewell's film debut came in Blessed Event (1932). She had been brought to Hollywood by Warner Brothers for the film version of Up Pops the Devil. Jewell gained other supporting roles, appearing in a variety of films in the early 1930s. She played stereotypical gangsters' women in such films as Manhattan Melodrama (1934) and Marked Woman (1937). She was well received playing against type, as the seamstress sentenced to death on the guillotine along with Sydney Carton (Ronald Colman in A Tale of Two Cities (1935). Her most significant role was as the prostitute Gloria Stone in Lost Horizon (1937). 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 performed in radio dramas in the 1950s, including This is Your FBI.
Jewell's first marriage (which "was not generally known during Jewell's lifetime ... [nor] mentioned in the press during her heyday in American films") occurred when she wed Lovell "Cowboy" Underwood when she was 19.
In the mid to late 1930s, Jewell was seen at nightclubs with actor William Hopper. (He appeared on the Perry Mason TV series and was the son of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and stage star DeWolf Hopper).
|1932||Blessed Event||Dorothy Lane||Uncredited|
|1933||The Crime of the Century||Bridge Player||Uncredited|
|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|
|Here Comes the Groom||Angy|
|She Had to Choose||Sally Bates|
|Evelyn Prentice||Judith Wilson|
|1935||Shadow of Doubt||Inez 'Johnny' Johnson - singer|
|I've Been Around||Sally Van Loan|
|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 Stone|
|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|
|Gone with the Wind||Emmy Slattery|
|1940||'Oh Johnny, How You Can Love||Gertie|
|'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers)||Jennie Coit|
|Babies for Sale||Edith Drake|
|Marked Men||Linda Harkness|
|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|
|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|
|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||Sweet Kill||Mrs. Cole|
|Ciao! Manhattan||Mummy||(final film role)|
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-11-28.
- Nissen, Axel (2016). Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood. McFarland. pp. 96–104. ISBN 9781476626062. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- "Isabel Jewell, film star, dead at 62". Redlands Daily Facts. California, Redlands. United Press International. April 6, 1972. p. 12. Retrieved October 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Isabel Jewell succumbs at 62". Evening Herald. Pennsylvania, Shenandoah. United Press International. April 6, 1972. p. 16. Retrieved April 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Divorces". Billboard. May 27, 1944. p. 32. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
- Isabel Jewell - Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Isabel Jewell - LA Times Hollywood Star Walk
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