JENNIFER JONES GONE

Published on: December 17, 2009
JENNIFER JONES GONE

Hollywood legend Jennifer Jones passes at 90 in her home at Malibu.

The luminous Jones who was Oscar nominated five time was also known as Phyllis Walker when she was wed to Robert Walker (Shadow of A Doubt).  Walker and Jones had met in acting school.

Under the tutelage of producer David O. Selznick she was groomed for stardom.  Selznick changed her name to Jennifer Jones and after she divorced Walker, married the doey eyed beauty.

For Selznick' studio she made The Song of Bernadette about a French peasant who sees the
Virgin Mary in a vision in Lourdes.  The film boosted her to super-stardom and her first Academy Award win for Best Actress.

Other Jones classics include Portrait of Jennie  (classic romantic fantasy about love beyond death),  Since You Went Away, Duel in the Sun, Beat the Devil with Humphrey Bogart and Love is a Many Splendored Thing.

After Selznick died in 1965, Jennifer went into semi-retired but appeared in one last major film The Towering Inferno in producer Irwin Allen's all-star disaster epic paired with hoofer Fred Astaire.

She is survived by her son, actor Robert Walker, Jr.

Adieu, Jennie.