JEAN PETERS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Jean Peters was born October 25th, 1926 with the first name Elizabeth in Canton, Ohio. Her father, Gerald Peters was a laundry manager. She was raised on a farm in Canton and attended East Canton High School. Upon completion of High School she went on to study at the University of Michigan and also Ohio State University majoring in literature. While in college attempting to earn her teaching degree she entered a Miss Ohio beauty pageant in 1945. Peters won the pageant and her prize was a screen test with 20th Century Fox. She secured a seven year contract with Fox and decided to drop out of college and pursue a career as an actress.
Her first film role was on, "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (1947), however she was cast to portray an 'ugly duckling' character and therefore, prior to the film completing she dropped out. Peters actually returned to college while still pursuing a career as an actress to obtain her teaching degree as she felt she had made a mistake dropping out.
Peters was soon chosen to play the female lead in, "Captain from Castile" (1947) opposite Tyrone Power. The film was a hit. Her popularity was increasing and next she was offered a role in, "Western Yellow Sky" (1948), however, she turned down the role with the explanation that the role was just, 'too sexy'. Between this incident and her dropping out of the last film, the studio was irritated by her and put her on her first suspension.
However, roles kept coming her way with her second film being, "Deep Waters" (1948). This film did not reach the level of success that Captain from Castile did, but again she received recognition. Peters was named as one of the best female actress finds of the year.
In 1949, she was offered the part on, "Mr. Belvedere Goes to College" (1949), however she was later replaced with Shirley Temple taking on the role. She did take on another role instead though, playing Ray Milland's love interest in, "It Happens Every Spring" (1949). This film too was a success, however majority of it's popularity was given to the success of Milland's performance.
Peter's was very picky as too which roles she accepted due to the fact she did not want to be popular based on her appearance alone. She preferred to portray the more down to earth female characters on not rely solely on her sexiness.
Moving into the 1950's, Peters was losing her popularity and was almost completely forgotten although she was still working on films. She is possibly best remembered for her role on, "Pickup on South Street" (1953), where she was chosen over Marilyn Monroe for the role. She was also cast in, "Viva Zapata!" (1952) and also requested and was given the title role in, "Anne of the Indies" (1951). Her popularity was now beginning to bring her back to star status.
Peters worked with Marilyn Monroe on various projects one of which was, "As Young as You Feel" (1951) followed by "Niagara" (1953). Peters was next given the lead role in, "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954) and the film was another success.
Peters soon married Howard Hughes and decided she was ready for retirement. She completed one more film, "A Man Called Peter" (1955) and after the release of this film, although she was offered many other roles from her contract she refused them and was again put on suspension.
Jean finally decided to leave Fox and focus on her personal life. In 1970, there was rumors of her returing to the industry, and she did make a comeback but not to film. Jean chose to work on television with a role on a television movie, "Winesburg, Ohio" (1973) follwed by a supporting role on, "The Moneychangers" (1976) a TV miniseries. Her final appearance was as a guest star on, "Murder, She Wrote" (1988).
It was later reported that during her marriage to Hughs, Peters was involved in numerous activities, such as charitable work, arts and crafts, and university studies including psychology and anthropology at UCLA. She divorced Hughes in 1971 and remarried, Stanley Hough an executive for 20th Century Fox. The couple remained together until he passed away in 1990.
Jean Peters passed away ten years later after losing her husband in 2000. She lost the fight against leukemia and was seventy four years old.
1988 "Murder, She Wrote: Wearing of the Green
1981 Peter and Paul
1976 "Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers"
1973 Winesburg, Ohio
1955 A Man Called Peter
1954 Broken Lance
1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
1953 A Blueprint for Murder
1953 Pickup on South Street
1952 Full House
1952 Lure of the Wilderness
1952 Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
1952 Viva Zapata!
1951 Anne of the Indies
1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
1951 As Young as You Feel
1950 Love That Brute
1949 It Happens Every Spring
1948 Deep Waters
1947 Captain from Castile