Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew

Front Cover
Limelight Editions, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 358 pages
5 Reviews

The luminous star of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Shane, and other classic films was, as the subtitle aptly puts it, "the actress nobody knew." Jean Arthur (1900-91) kept her personal life private, disdained the Hollywood publicity machine, and was called "difficult" because of her perfectionism and remoteness from costars on the movie set. John Oller, a lawyer, tracked down kinsfolk and friends never before interviewed to capture the elusive personality of a free spirit best embodied in her favorite role, Peter Pan. Arthur herself might have appreciated his warm, respectful portrait.

"...[An] insightful, painstakingly researched analysis of Arthur's life and career raises the curtain on the complex, conflicted person behind the screen persona...Captures the special shine of a unique star who turned out to be a genuine eccentric." -Chicago Tribune

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew

User Review  - John Kennedy - Goodreads

Very well-researched and well-written biography of one of my favorite actresses. She somehow could turn on the charm for the cameras, but remained insecure otherwise. Oller explores the enigma of Jean ... Read full review

Review: Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew

User Review  - Nunzio DeFilippis - Goodreads

Jean Arthur is possibly my favorite actress of all time, and this book paints a pretty tragic picture of her as riddled with insecurities. Once I got past the shattering of my hero worship, it was a fascinating read. Read full review


Prologue The American Garbo
Two Hidden Heritage
Four Suffering in Silents

15 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information