U.S. Jeanna Eagles, 1900s // Adolf De Meyer | Jeanne Eagels (1890 – 1929) was an American actress on Broadway and in several motion pictures. She was a former Ziegfeld Follies Girl who went on to greater fame on Broadway. She was posthumously considered for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her 1929 role in The Letter after dying suddenly that year at the age of 39. That nomination was the first posthumous Oscar consideration for any actor, male or female.
Bette Davis, as Joyce Heath, reading in Dangerous (1935). - Not even considered a good film back in 1935, Dangerous is held together by the mesmerizing performance of Bette Davis. The star is cast as alcoholic, self-destructive stage actress Joyce Heath, a character obviously based on Jeanne Eagels.
Jeanne Eagels (1890-1929) - American actress on Broadway and in several motion pictures. She was a former Ziegfeld Follies Girl who went on to greater fame on Broadway and in the emerging medium of sound films. Died young. This picture is a publicity shot from Metro Goldwyn Mayer from the 1920s.
Jeanne EAGELS (1890-1929) * AFI Top Actress nominee > Active 1913-29 > Born Eugenia Eagles 26 Jun 1890 Missouri > Died 3 Oct 1929 (aged 39) New York, drug overdose > Spouses: Morris Dubinsky (m.?; div.?) Edward Harris "Ted" Coy (1925-28 div) > Children 1 (a son who either died or who was given up for adoption after she and Dubinsky separated). Notable films ~ The Professor's Love Story (1917); The Letter (1929)