American Legends: The Life of Jean Arthur

ISBN: 9781499568387
*Includes pictures.
*Includes Arthur's own quotes about her life and career.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

"I guess I became an actress because I didn't want to be myself.” – Jean Arthur

“It's a strenuous job every day of your life to live up to the way you look on the screen.” – Jean Arthur

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

At the peak of the Golden Era of Hollywood, one of the film industry’s most popular genres was the screwball comedy, making stars out of young actresses like Jean Harlow and helping pave the way for future ones like Marilyn Monroe. But at the height of the era of the screwball comedy, the actress most associated with them was Jean Arthur, whose ability to portray everyday women made her incredibly popular in the 1930s and 1940s. As one critic put it, “No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her."
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