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Jean Hagen

Jean Hagen
Jean Hagen 1955.jpg
Hagen in 1955
Born Jean Shirley Verhagen
(1923-08-03)August 3, 1923
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 29, 1977(1977-08-29) (aged 54)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death esophageal cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1945–1977
Spouse(s) Tom Seidel (m. 1947–1965; divorced) 2 children
Children Christine Patricia (b. 1950)
Aric Phillip (1952-2012)

Jean Hagen (August 3, 1923 – August 29, 1977) was an American actress best known for her role as Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain (1952), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Hagen was also nominated three times for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Margaret Williams on the television series Make Room For Daddy.

Jean Shirley Verhagen was born on August 3, 1923 in Chicago, to Christian Verhagen, a Dutch immigrant, and his Chicago-born wife, Marie. The family moved to Elkhart, Indiana, when she was 12 and she subsequently graduated from Elkhart High School. She studied drama at Northwestern University, where she was a roommate of actress Patricia Neal. She graduated from Northwestern in 1945. She also worked as a theater usherette.

Hagen began her show business career in radio in the 1940s, performing in Light of the World, Hollywood Story, and other programs. Using her maiden name (Jean Verhagen), she played Betty Webster on Those Websters.

Hagen first appeared on Broadway in Swan Song. She also acted in Another Part of the Forest, Ghosts, Born Yesterday, and The Traitor.

Her film debut was as a comical femme fatale in the Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn classic, Adam's Rib, directed by the iconic George Cukor in 1949. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) provided Hagen with her first starring role alongside Sterling Hayden. Hagen received excellent reviews playing "Doll" Conover, a woman who sticks by criminal Dix's side until the bitter end. She appeared in the film noir Side Street (1950) playing a gangster's sincere, but none-too-bright, nightclub-singer girlfriend.


Film Year Role Notes
Adam's Rib 1949 Beryl Caighn film debut. National Film Registry
The Asphalt Jungle 1950 "Doll" Conovan National Film Registry
Side Street 1950 Hariette Sinton
Night Into Morning 1951 Girl Next Door
No Questions Asked 1951 Joan Brensen
Singin' in the Rain 1952 Lina Lamont nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. National Film Registry. Selected by AFI as Best Movie Musical.
Carbine Williams 1952 Maggie Williams
Half a Hero 1953 Martha Dobson
Shadow in the Sky 1952 Stella
Latin Lovers 1953 Anne Kellwood
Arena 1953 Meg Hutchins
The Big Knife 1955 Connie Bliss
The Shaggy Dog 1959 Freeda Daniels
Sunrise at Campobello 1960 Marguerite "Missy" LeHand
Panic in Year Zero 1962 Ann Baldwin
Dead Ringer 1964 Dede Marshall last film
Television series Role Year Notes
Make Room for Daddy Margaret Williams 117 (3 seasons) 1953–1956 later called The Danny Thomas Show; first family sitcom character to be killed off
The Andy Griffith Show Elizabeth Crowley Season 2 episode 3, Oct. 16, 1961 "Andy and the Woman Speeder "
The Streets Of San Francisco Landlady Season 4 episode 19, Nov. 1976 "Judgement Day"
Year Program Episode/source
1952 Stars in the Air The Yearling

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