Jane Isbell Actor

Jane Isbell (May 1, 1927 - October 19, 1981) was a minor actress, a bit player and extra who appeared in some of the major films produced during Hollywood's Golden Era in the 1930s-40s. She was born Clarita Jane Isbell in Meridian, Mississippi, the daughter of Theodore Clark Isbell and Elizabeth (Gully) Isbell. Her father was a Vaudeville performer and her mother a granddaughter of Chief Justice George Washington Stone (1811–1894) of the Alabama Supreme Court. Clark Isbell's great-great-grandfather was a colorful Revolutionary War soldier who once saved the life of Andrew Jackson. The Isbells moved to Los Angeles when Jane was an infant. The elder of two sisters, she began modeling and appearing as an extra in films when only four years old. In 1932, she made her first Mickey McGuire comedy starring Mickey Rooney and would eventually make five films in the Mickey McGuire series, similar to the Our Gang films. She grew up with child stars for playmates and was among those tested for the role of Bonnie Butler in Gone With the Wind. She and Ann Gillis were best friends, working in several films together, usually with Gillis the featured player and Isbell an extra and stand-in.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 1st, 1927
United States of America
Date of death
October 19th, 1981 at age of 54
Place of death
Los Angeles, California, United States of America



Movie performances

1. Bathing Beauty (1944)

Comedy, Musical
played Western Union Girl
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
23 Show list $2.36M

Bathing Beauty is a 1944 musical starring Red Skelton, Basil Rathbone and Esther Williams and directed by George Sidney. Although this was not Williams' screen debut, it was her first Technicolor musical. The film was initially to be titled "Mr. Co-Ed" with Red Skelton having top billing. However, once MGM executives watched the first cut of the film, they realized that Esther Williams' role should be showcased more, and changed the title to "Bathing Beauty," giving her prominent billing and featuring her bathing-suit clad figure on the posters. The film is also Janis Paige's film debut. After this film Paige would go to Warner Brothers to make such films as Of Human Bondage, Hollywood Canteen, and Romance on the High Seas. In later years, Paige would return to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in few films.


Top cast

Backstage Manager
Captain of Waiters
George Adams
Mrs. Allenwood
Chester Klazenfrantz
Adams Club Maitre d' at
Ms. Hanney
Faculty Member #2
Steve Elliot
Dean Clinton
Mr. Allenwood
Caroline Brooks
Mme. Zarka
Professor Willis Evans
Professor Hendricks
Music Teacher
Co-Ed #13
Professor Nichols
Stage Manager
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
United States of America


Check Jane Isbell on wikipedia.

Facebook comments