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Jean Arthur

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from trailer for Public Hero No. 1 (1935)
from trailer for Public Hero No. 1 (1935)

Jean Arthur (October 17, 1900 – June 19, 1991) was an American actress and a major film star of the 1930s and 1940s. She remains arguably the epitome of the female screwball comedy actress. Arthur is best known for her feature roles in three Frank Capra films: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It With You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), films that championed the everyday heroine. A memorable later performance was in George Stevens' Shane (1953), her last screen appearance. Shortly before her retirement, at nearly 50 years of age, she played perpetually young Peter Pan in the 1950 musical adaptation Peter Pan.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1944 for her performance in The More the Merrier (1943).

She died from heart failure at the age of 90. Her ashes were scattered at sea near Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6331 Hollywood Blvd.

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