Portrait of Jennifer: A Biography of Jennifer Jones

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Capturing the joys and sorrows of a Hollywood legend, a biography of Jennifer Jones tells of a starlet dazzled by an older producer who won an Oscar for her first movie and spent a lifetime searching for her own identity. 20,000 first printing.

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The real-life characters in this tale are Jones herself, who won the Academy Award for her first major movie, The Song of Bernadette (and received four subsequent Oscar nominations); David O. Selznick, the fabled producer of Gone With the Wind, who fell in love with Jones, put her under contract, and spent the rest of his life reshaping her persona and career in an effort to make her an even bigger star (Jennifer's directors included John Huston, William Wyler, Ernst Lubitsch, King Vidor, Vincente Minnelli, and Michael Powell); Robert Walker, Jones's first husband, himself a successful actor, who felt betrayed by his wife and who - bitter, broken, and an alcoholic - died under mysterious circumstances in 1951 (some claim it was murder); and Norton Simon, her last husband, a billionaire businessman/art collector, who introduced Jennifer to a world of culture and high society. After Selznick's death and her marriage to Simon (the couple shared an intense interest in psychoanalysis), Jones, after three decades, finally gave up her screen career (Simon later optioned Terms of Endearment as a potential comeback vehicle for her). Jennifer's tumultuous personal life was to suffer a near-fatal blow when one of her three adult children committed suicide.

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Epstein (Mia: The Life of Mia Farrow), in this entertaining celebrity bio, details the successful career and tragic personal life of Jones, a versatile film star whose popularity peaked in the 1940s and '50s. Born Phyllis Isley in 1919, Jones was renamed by producer David O. Selznick, who brought her to public attention in Song of Bernadette, for which she won the 1943 Academy Award for best actress. The love affair between Jones and Selznick ended Jones's first marriage to actor Robert Walker and caused Selznick's wife, Irene, to divorce him. Walker later died under mysterious circumstances. An overbearing perfectionist, according to the author, Selznick married Jones and chose her film roles for her. Epstein describes Jones as a shy and emotionally fragile woman who, though ambitious, had difficulty adjusting to fame. After Selznick's death, she remarried billionaire Norton Simon and became a therapist. Photos not seen by PW. Movie Entertainment Book Club alternate.
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