Jean Carmen

Jean Carmen (April 7, 1913—August 26, 1993), was an American film, stage, and radio actress of the 1930s. She also went by the stage name Julia Thayer. Born in Portland, Oregon on April 7, 1913, Carmen was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1934, the last year they were named. She had a supporting role as The Rider in the 1937 Republic Pictures western serial The Painted Stallion. She also worked in radio and on Broadway, in Stage Door and the original 1939 production of The Man Who Came to Dinner (as a replacement for the role of June Stanley). Modern audiences will also remember Carmen as one of three gold diggers in the 1938 Three Stooges comedy Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb. She should not be confused with another actress with a similar name, Jeanne Carmen, who was active in the 1950s and 1960s. Carmen died on August 26, 1993 in Charleston, South Carolina.


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