Porter in 1945
Bennie Jean Porter
December 8, 1922
Cisco, Texas, USA
|Died||January 13, 2018 (aged 95)|
|Resting place||Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills)|
(m. 1948; died 1999)
Bennie Jean Porter (December 8, 1922 – January 13, 2018) was an American film and television actress. She was notable for her roles in The Youngest Profession (1943), Bathing Beauty (1944), Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945), Till the End of Time (1946), Cry Danger (1951), and The Left Hand of God (1956).
Porter was born in Cisco, Texas to a Texas and Pacific Railway worker and a music teacher. As a baby, she was called the "Most Beautiful Baby" in Eastland County. At 10 years old, she hosted a half-hour radio show on Saturday mornings on the WRR station in Dallas, and she got a summer job with Ted Lewis's vaudeville band.
At the age of 12, Porter arrived at Hollywood and took dancing lessons at the Fanchon and Marco dancing school, where she was discovered by director Allan Dwan. Porter acted in Dwan's 1936 musical Song and Dance Man, but did not appear in the credits.
While never a big star, she was active throughout the 1940s, appearing in almost 30 motion pictures alongside MGM stars such as Esther Williams, Mickey Rooney, and the comedy duo Abbott and Costello. In the 1950s, Porter appeared mainly in television series such as The Red Skelton Show, Sea Hunt, and 77 Sunset Strip. She retired from acting in 1961. Porter was lent to RKO to act in Till the End of Time.
She was married to film director and writer Edward Dmytryk, who was one of the Hollywood Ten, the most prominent blacklisted group in the film industry during the McCarthy-era. The two married May 12, 1948, in Ellicott City, Maryland. They had three children. Dmytryk was blacklisted because he refused to respond to allegations of communism. In the late 1940s, Porter and Dmytryk escaped to England. After they returned to the U.S. in 1951, Dmytryk was imprisoned for 6 months for contempt of Congress.
Porter was the author of the unpublished book The Cost of Living, about Dmytryk and her. She also wrote Chicago Jazz and Then Some, about jazz pianist Jess Stacy, and with her husband, On Screen Acting.
|1936||Song and Dance Man||Girl||Uncredited|
|1938||The Adventures of Tom Sawyer||Pauline||Uncredited|
|1939||The Under-Pup||Penguin girl||Uncredited|
|1940||One Million B.C.||Shell person||Uncredited|
|1941||The Hard-Boiled Canary||Girl||Uncredited|
|Kiss the Boys Goodbye||Girl going to audition||Uncredited|
|Never Give a Sucker an Even Break||Passerby||Uncredited|
|Henry Aldrich for President||Student||Uncredited|
|Babes on Broadway||Chorus girl||Uncredited|
|1942||Born to Sing||Dancer||Uncredited|
|Heart of the Rio Grande||Pudge|||
|Home in Wyomin'||Young fan||Uncredited|
|The Youngest Profession||Patricia Drew|||
|That Nazty Nuisance||Kela|||
|Young Ideas||Southern co-ed||Uncredited|
|1944||Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble||Katy Anderson|||
|Bathing Beauty||Jean Allenwood|||
|San Fernando Valley||Betty Lou Kenyon|||
|1945||Thrill of a Romance||Ga-ga bride||Uncredited|
|Abbott and Costello in Hollywood||Ruthie|||
|What's Next, Corporal Hargrove?||Jeanne Quidoc|||
|1946||Easy to Wed||Frances||Uncredited|
|Till the End of Time||Helen Ingersoll|||
|Betty Co-Ed||Joanne Leeds|||
|1947||Little Miss Broadway||Judy Gibson|||
|Sweet Genevieve||Genevieve Rogers|||
|That Hagen Girl||Sharon Bailey|||
|Two Blondes and a Redhead||Catherine Abbott|||
|Kentucky Jubilee||Sally Shannon|||
|G.I. Jane||Jan Smith|||
|1954||Racing Blood||Lucille Mitchell|||
|1955||The Left Hand of God||Mary Yin|||
|1961||Sea Hunt||Marna Gould||Season 4, Episode 31, (final appearance)|
- Dmytryk, Jean Porter (2010). Chicago Jazz and Then Some: As Told by One of the Original Chicagoans, Jess Stacy. BearManor Media. ISBN 978-1593935368.
- Barnes, Mike (January 14, 2018). "Jean Porter, Petite Starlet of MGM Films in the 1940s, Dies at 95". The Hollywood Reporter. ISSN 0018-3660.
- "Familiar Face In "Twice Blessed" -- Star Jean Porter". Big Spring Daily Herald. Texas, Big Spring. October 3, 1945. p. 3. Retrieved May 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Porter, Jean (17 December 2003). "DONNA AND ME: Camp Tours of Donna Reed and Jean Porter".
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- "Interview: Jean Porter". Westernclippings. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
- Weaver, Tom (2010). "Jean Porter on One Million B.C.". A Sci-Fi Swarm and Horror Horde: Interviews with 62 Filmmakers. McFarland & Company. p. 44. ISBN 978-0786446582.
- Jean Porter at AllMovie
- "Actress Jean Porter Weds Film Director". Kingsport Times. Tennessee, Kingsport. Associated Press. May 13, 1948. p. 3. Retrieved May 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Third Child". Albuquerque Journal. New Mexico, Albuquerque. United Press International. November 20, 1961. p. 21. Retrieved May 20, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jean Porter". Virginia Weilder. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Jean Porter Filmography". TV Guide. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
- "The Hard-Boiled Canary". CSFD. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Henry Aldrich for President". CSDF. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Calaboose". Letterboxd. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Young Ideas". Lauramiscmusings. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
- "Sweet Genevieve". TCM. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
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