Jean Peters : Hollywood's mystery girl / Michelangelo Capua.

Capua, Michelangelo, 1966- [Browse]
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2024.
215 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.


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"Jean Peters was born in East Canton, Ohio where her strikingly beautiful looks helped to win the 1945 Miss Ohio State Pageant while she was studying at Ohio State University. She was awarded with a screen test with 20th Century Fox and later made her screen debut opposite Tyrone Power in the adventure picture Captain from Castile. She returned to Ohio until the film was released with great acclaim. After that, Peters's career immediately took off. She became one of the hottest new female faces in Hollywood, appearing in Academy Award-nominated films such as Viva Zapata and Three Coins in the Fountains working opposite most prestigious directors and stars as Marilyn Monroe (Niagara), Burt Lancaster (Apache), Spencer Tracy (Broken Lance), Marlon Brando (Viva Zapata) and many others. Peters was a competent, dedicated actress, but her career was suddenly put a stop when she accepted to marry tycoon Howard Hughes. During her marriage with the billionaire recluse, which lasted from 1957 to 1971, Peters retired from acting and social events in Hollywood. She was frequently involved in numerous activities, such as charitable work, arts and crafts, and university studies including psychology and anthropology. Her life became an intriguing mystery since once agreed never to speak of her marriage to Hughes. For a time, they lived only fifty yards apart in separate bungalows in the Beverly Hills Hotel, but communicated almost entirely by memos and telephone. After her divorce, Peters resumed her acting career and worked in some television productions, but she never regained her star status. This detailed volume fills a gap in film studies and in the performing arts library collections since it's the first and definitive book written in more than fifty years on this extraordinary actress"-- Provided by publisher.
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