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December 18, 2009

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bill

Dan O'Bannon, too.

Glenn Kenny

...was controlled by Selznick? Oh, no, passed away. Yes, that's very much too bad. I'm trying to formulate a proper response, don't know that I'll be able to today.

bill

Maybe both. What do I know? This is shaping up to be a bad day, though, I know that much.

Jimmy

A beauty. May she rest in peace.

James Keepnews

Interesting thesis, though I don't entirely agree. I think she's great in Indiscretions of an American Wife, admittedly not her most Selznick-y work whatever Dave's participation. Quite apart from her gorgeousness, she was also unusally accomplished in conveying the emotional undercurrent of character and scenes pretty unique for someone who never went Method. Insofar as she wasn't in control of her material and/or the choices of same -- i.e., like virtually every other actress of her generation -- I take your meaning, but even in her worst films, I'd say whatever we were seeing of her on the screen had EVERYTHING to do with her. And we never saw nearly enough of her from the 60's on. So long, JJ...

Jaime

"a very handsome older woman, all dignity and refinement."

Ever-so-slightly compromised by one of the most grotesque depictions of defenestration committed to celluloid. Not much dignity in falling 60+ stories, hitting a landing, bouncing off, and falling 20+ more. But she is a gracious lady before that...

Glenn Kenny

@ James: You articulate a conundrum that frankly did not occur to me, and I find myself siding with you on it. Nicely done.

@ Jaime: Oh, yes, I had forgotten how ruthlessly she was disposed of in the film. Indeed it is grotesque...and even more so in Blu-ray!

Dan Coyle

Wow, I remember Duel in the Sun. I liked it, but I was the right age for seeing it, all unhappiness and adolescent rage.

Michael Dempsey

Jennifer Jones also deserves notice for her work in John Huston's grossly neglected "We Were Strangers".

jbryant

Jones' demise in Towering Inferno is indeed grotesque, especially since it's preceded by at least one extended nerve-wracking sequence of her narrowly escaping death by fire. By the time she gets on that ill-fated elevator, you think she's home free. Then whoopsie! The only thing more devastating would have been for her to land on the hopefully waiting Fred Astaire and take him out with her.

I guess she didn't really get a lot of great roles, but there are few actors who could pull off such disparate characters as Bernadette and Pearl. RIP

Andy

I had forgotten before viewing a gallery of photos of her how absolutely gorgeous she was in her prime, as your photo from "Duel in the Sun" shows. I find even her worst failures to be rather fascinating - it helps that Selznick saw to it that she always worked with fine directors and actors.

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