Jean Hagen - biography

Actor from United States of America

Jean Hagen Jean Hagen (August 3, 1923 — August 29, 1977) was an American film actress. Hagen was born as Jean Shirley Verhagen in Chicago, to Christian Verhagen (born August 10, 1890 — died April 1983), 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 and worked as a theater usherette before making her Broadway theatre debut in Another Part of the Forest in 1946. Jean Hagen married Tom Seidel on June 12, 1947 in Brentwood. They had 2 children, Dean Seidel (born January 2, 1948) and Angela Seidel (born May 16, 1952). After a marriage full of domestic violence, she divorced Seidel on November 1, 1965 in Los Angeles . Her film debut was as a femme fatale in Adam's Rib in 1949. The Asphalt Jungle (1950) provided Hagen with her first starring role beside Sterling Hayden and excellent reviews. She appeared in the film noir Side Street (1950) playing a gangster's sincere, but none-too-bright, gun moll. She is arguably best remembered for her comic performance in Singin' in the Rain as the vain and talentless silent movie star Lina Lamont; Hagen received an Academy  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Known as
Jean Shirley Verhagen
Date of birth
1923-08-03
Place of birth
Chicago
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Marie, Christian Verhagen
Spouse(s)
Tom Seidel
Children
Aric Christine
Profession
Actor

Performances

Year Performance Character
1962 Panic in Year Zero! Ann Baldwin
1955 The Big Knife
1953 Half a Hero Martha Dobson
1952 Shadow in the Sky Stella Murphy
1952 Singin' in the Rain Lina Lamont
1951 No Questions Asked Joan Brenson
1949 Adam's Rib

Death

Date of death
1977-08-29
Cause of death
Esophageal cancer
Place of death
Los Angeles

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