Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009)



The news today that Jennifer Jones has died at the age of ninety brought a mixture of emotions. Feeling as though a longtime friend of the family has passed away, I am brought up short to realize her age. How can a woman whose presence in certain films was the essence of all that is beautiful and heartbreaking about youth have reached such a great age? I believe that her best movies will live as long as films touch the human heart. I sincerely hope that her family and she are at peace tonight.

In tribute to Jennifer Jones, the January 7th, 2010 schedule on Turner Classic Movies has been altered. (All times shown are EST. )
8:00 PM Duel In The Sun (1946)

A fiery half-breed comes between a rancher's good and evil sons. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten. Dir: King Vidor. C-144 mins, TV-14, CC
10:30 PM Beat The Devil (1954)

A group of con artists stake their claim on a bogus uranium mine. Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones. Dir: John Huston. BW-90 mins, TV-PG, CC
12:15 AM Madame Bovary (1949)

A romantic country girl sacrifices her marriage when she thinks she's found true love. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, James Mason. Dir: Vincente Minnelli. BW-114 mins, TV-PG, CC
2:15 AM Indiscretion Of An American Wife (1954)

An American woman tries to break it off with her Italian lover. Cast: Jennifer Jones, Montgomery Clift, Richard Beymer. Dir: Vittorio De Sica. BW-63 mins, TV-PG

A complete obituary from the Los Angeles Times can be seen here and Laura's Miscellaneous Musings has a lovely appreciation of the actress, as does the insightful Self-Styled Siren here, reminding me that Jones, despite the drama in her on screen and off screen lives, was very fond of one of her least well known but most charming films, Cluny Brown (1946-Ernst Lubitsch), which allowed the actress an atypical playful role, as you can see in her blithe manner below, with Charles Boyer.

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