Isabel Jeans

About Isabel Jeans

Who is it?: Actress
Birth Day: September 16, 1891
Birth Place:  London, England, United Kingdom
Died On: 4 September 1985(1985-09-04) (aged 93)\nLondon, England, UK
Birth Sign: Libra
Years active: 1917–1972
Spouse(s): Gilbert Wakefield (1920–1963) his death Claude Rains (1913–1915) (divorced)

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Isabel Jeans was bornon September 16, 1891 in  London, England, United Kingdom, is Actress. Stately Isabel Jeans was brought to Hollywood by the director Anatole Litvak to appear as Fermonde Dupond in his comedy Tovarich (1937). The daughter of an art critic, Frederick George Jeans, she had aspired to be a singer but instead forged a career on the stage. Her first role came courtesy of theatre legend Herbert Beerbohm Tree when she was fifteen years old. Isabel went on to acquire a varied repertoire in the classics, as well as displaying a singular comic talent in contemporary works by Noël Coward, Ivor Novello, and others. By the late 1920's, she had become a fixture on the London stage, toured the United States, appeared with great success on Broadway and acted in two early films by Alfred Hitchcock: Downhill (1927) and Easy Virtue (1928). She had been married, thrice separated and eventually divorced from actor Claude Rains, having seemingly relished the role of the philandering wife. Her husband for a subsequently longer haul was to be a prominent English barrister.In stark contrast to Isabel's usually dignified appearance, her declared favorite pastimes were: playing a mean hand of poker, driving fast cars and going to the race track. On the other hand, there was this aura of maturity and elegance which made her one of the first actresses film producers would turn to when casting dignified socialites or upper class toffs. Hitchcock, for one, gave her another such role, as Mrs. Newsham, in Suspicion (1941). According to her ex Claude Rains, Isabel became a somewhat "mannered actress". Following an absence from the screen for almost ten years, she came once again into her own in delicious character parts, shining as Aunt Alicia in Gigi (1958) and in the satirical Peter Sellers comedy Heavens Above! (1963), as the land-owning Lady Despard.
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💰 Net worth: $800,000

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Biography/Timeline

1908

She planned to become a singer but began her career on the London stage in 1908 at age 15, at the invitation of Herbert Beerbohm Tree. An early Broadway appearance was in The Man Who Married a Dumb Wife in January 1915 and as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream in February 1915. She played Lady Mercia Merivale in the London musical hit Kissing Time (1919). She appeared in a production of James Elroy Flecker's Hassan at His Majesty's Theatre in London in 1923. Incidental music for the play was by Frederick Delius, and the ballet in the House-of-the-Moving Walls was created by Fokine. In 1924, she appeared in Ivor Novello's play The Rat at the Prince of Wales's Theatre in London. The following year, she was in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, The Rivals at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, together with Claude Rains, his ex-wife Marie Hemingway, and his then-current wife, Beatrix Thomson.

1913

She was married twice: first to the actor Claude Rains, from 1913 to 1918; and then to the barrister and Playwright Gilbert Edward "Gilley" Wakefield, from 1920 until his death in 1963. She enjoyed horse racing and poker.

1927

She appeared in major roles in two Alfred Hitchcock silent films, Downhill (1927) and Easy Virtue (1928) and various other British films, before playing a number of grande dames in Hollywood films starting in 1937, such as Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941), as well as in such films as Banana Ridge (1942), Gigi (1958) and A Breath of Scandal (1960).

1936

Later stage roles included a revival of The Happy Hypocrite in London in 1936. Later Broadway roles were Crystal Wetherby in The Man in Possession in 1930 and Mrs. Emmeline Lucas in Make Way for Lucia in 1948. English productions included Anton Chekhov's plays, The Seagull, (1949 at the Lyric Theatre, London and then St. James's Theatre), Jean Anouilh's play, "Ardele" (1951 at the Vaudeville Theatre), Noël Coward's play, The Vortex (1952 at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith), T.S. Eliot's play, The Confidential Clerk (1953 at the Lyric Theatre), and william Congreve's play, The Double Dealer (1959 at the Old Vic Theatre, and other plays there that season, with Judi Dench). She also acted in West End productions of plays by Oscar Wilde, including Lady Windermere's Fan (1945 at the Haymarket Theatre, directed by Sir John Gielgud; and 1966 at the Phoenix Theatre (London)), A Woman of No Importance (1953 at the Savoy Theatre) and as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (1968 at the Haymarket Theatre).