Jeanne Cagney

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Jeanne Cagney
Jeanne Cagney 1942.JPG
Born (1919-03-25)March 25, 1919
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died December 7, 1984(1984-12-07) (aged 65)
Newport Beach, California, U.S.
Alma mater Hunter College[1]
Occupation Film, television actress
Years active 1939–1965
Spouse(s) Ross Latimer
(m. 1944–1952) (divorced)
Jack Sherman Morrison
(m. 1953–1973) (divorced)
Children Theresa Cagney Morrison
Mary Anne Roberts

Jeanne Carolyn Cagney (March 25, 1919 – December 7, 1984) was an American film and television actress.

Early years[edit]

Born in New York City, Cagney and her four older brothers were raised by her widowed mother. Two of the brothers were film actor James Cagney and actor/producer William Cagney.[2] She attended Hunter College High School. Majoring in French and German,[3] she was a cum laude graduate of Hunter College of City College of New York and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. She also starred in plays produced by the college's dramatic society.[4] Following her college graduation, she studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.[2]

Stage[edit]

Cagney was one of the stars of the original production of The Iceman Cometh on Broadway.[2]

Film[edit]

After being heard by a scout while appearing on Bing Crosby's radio program, Cagney had a film test with RKO Pictures. However, she signed a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures.[4] She appeared in 19 films between 1939 and 1965, including four films with James Cagney: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), The Time of Your Life (1948), A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). Cagney gave a noted performance opposite Mickey Rooney in Quicksand (1950). In 1946 Eugene O'Neill cast her as Maggie in his play "The Iceman Cometh."

Radio[edit]

Most of Cagney's appearances on radio were as a guest in dramatic programs as noted below. She briefly played the title role in the soap opera The Romance of Helen Trent.[5]

Television[edit]

In addition, she also served as the fashion commentator of Queen for a Day,[6] hosted by Jack Bailey on NBC and ABC from 1956 to 1963. This "game show" is regarded as a forerunner of today's reality shows. Cagney hosted segments providing tips on style and introducing the latest fashions.

In 1954, Cagney made a pilot for a mystery series, Satan's Waiting,, but it apparently was not sold.[7]

Family[edit]

Cagney married actor Ross Latimer (also known as Kim Spaulding) in 1944. She was divorced from him March 9, 1951. They had no children.[8] She married Jack Morrison, a faculty member in theater arts at UCLA,[6] on June 6, 1953;[9] they had two daughters, Mary and Terry.[6]

Death[edit]

Cagney died in Newport Beach, California from lung cancer, aged 65.[2] Survivors included brothers Bill and James Cagney, daughters Theresa Cagney and Mary Anne Roberts, and a grandson.[2]

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source
1942 Armstrong's Theatre of Today NA[10]
1942 Screen Guild Players Yankee Doodle Dandy[11]
1944 Silver Theater Wanted -- Adventure for Two[12]
1944 Kate Smith Hour Till We Meet Again[13]
1945 Grand Central Station NA[14]
1946 Grand Central Station A Lion Is in the Streets[15]
1952 Family Theater The Red Head[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2245&dat=19841210&id=KJwzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zDIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=7088,5467577&hl=en
  2. ^ a b c d e "Actress Jeanne Cagney Morrison, 65". Chicago Tribune. December 11, 1984. p. 14 - Section 2. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Ferguson, Betty Jane (June 9, 1938). "Movie Tough Guy's Sister Knows He Is Only Putting on a Good Act". The Piqua Daily Call. p. 18. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ a b "At Last Jeanne Cagney Has A Role That Suits Her Name". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 7, 1943. p. 31. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ Wolters, Larry (July 19, 1953). "Helen Trent's Romance Now 20 Years Old". Chicago Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c Thompson, Ruth E. (June 13, 1964). "TV Rates with Jeanne Cagney". Simpson's Leader-Times. p. 13. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ "Malone Firm To Produce Mystery Films". Billboard. November 27, 1954. p. 5. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jeanne Cagney Wins Divorce". The Ogden Standard-Examiner. March 9, 1951. p. 15. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Jeanne Cagney Weds". The Anniston Star. June 7, 1953. p. 1. Retrieved May 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Jeanne Cagney Guest Star on Theatre of Today". Harrisburg Telegraph. June 20, 1942. p. 24. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "Players to Open Season With 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'". Harrisburg Telegraph. October 17, 1942. p. 19. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Jeanne Cagney Guest on Silver Theater Hour". Chicago Tribune. July 9, 1944. p. Part 3 - Page 4. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Comedy". The Lincoln Star. September 24, 1944. p. 28. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Jeanne Cagney On WSOY". The Decatur Herald. May 12, 1945. p. 6. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "Jeanne Cagney in St. Patrick Story, On 'Grand Central'". Harrisburg Telegraph. March 16, 1946. p. 21. Retrieved May 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  16. ^ Kirby, Walter (February 24, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 38. Retrieved May 28, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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