Jeanne Cagney

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Jeanne Cagney
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Cagney c. 1942
Born(1919-03-25)March 25, 1919
DiedDecember 7, 1984(1984-12-07) (aged 65)
Cause of deathCancer [1]
Alma mater Hunter College [2]
Years active1939–1965
  • Kim Spalding
    (m. 1944;div. 1952)
  • Jack Sherman Morrison
    (m. 1953;div. 1973)
Relatives James Cagney (brother)
William Cagney (brother)

Jeanne Carolyn Cagney (March 25, 1919 December 7, 1984) was an American film, stage, and television actress.


Early years

Born in New York City, Cagney and her four older brothers were raised by her widowed mother. Two of the brothers were film actor James Cagney and actor/producer William Cagney. [3] She attended Hunter College High School. Majoring in French and German, [4] she was a cum laude graduate of Hunter College (now part of City University of New York) and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society. She also starred in plays produced by the college's dramatic society. [5] Following her college graduation, she studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. [3]

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James Cagney American actor and dancer

James Francis Cagney Jr. was an American actor and dancer, both on stage and in film. Known for his consistently energetic performances, distinctive vocal style, and deadpan comic timing, he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances. He is best remembered for playing multifaceted tough guys in films such as The Public Enemy (1931), Taxi! (1932), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), The Roaring Twenties (1939) and White Heat (1949), finding himself typecast or limited by this reputation earlier in his career. In 1999 the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its list of greatest male stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Orson Welles described Cagney as "maybe the greatest actor who ever appeared in front of a camera".

William Cagney American film producer and actor

William Jerome Cagney was an American film producer and actor, remembered for roles in the Monogram Pictures films Lost in the Stratosphere and Flirting with Danger, both filmed in 1934.


Cagney performed in the original stage production of The Iceman Cometh , which premiered on Broadway on October 9, 1946. [3] The play's author, Eugene O'Neill, cast her in the role of Margie, one of the "street walkers" in his story.

The Iceman Cometh is a play written by American playwright Eugene O'Neill in 1939. First published in 1946, the play premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 9, 1946, directed by Eddie Dowling, where it ran for 136 performances before closing on March 15, 1947.

Eugene ONeill American playwright, and Nobel laureate in Literature

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After being heard by a scout while appearing on Bing Crosby's radio program, Cagney had a film test with RKO Pictures. However, she signed a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures. [5] She appeared in 19 films between 1939 and 1965, including four films with her brother James: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), The Time of Your Life (1948), A Lion Is in the Streets (1953), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). Cagney gave a noted performance opposite Mickey Rooney in the film noir crime film Quicksand (1950).

Bing Crosby 20th-century American singer and actor

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Cagney briefly played the title role in the radio soap opera The Romance of Helen Trent . [6] Most of her other work on radio was as a guest in dramatic programs such as the following:

<i>The Romance of Helen Trent</i>

The Romance of Helen Trent was a radio soap opera which aired on CBS from October 30, 1933 to June 24, 1960 for a total of 7,222 episodes. The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert, who were among the most prolific producers during the radio soap era.

YearRadio ProgramEpisode/source
1942 Armstrong's Theatre of Today NA [7]
1942 Screen Guild Players Yankee Doodle Dandy [8]
1944 Silver Theater Wanted -- Adventure for Two [9]
1944The Kate Smith Hour Till We Meet Again [10]
1945 Grand Central Station NA [11]
1946 Grand Central Station A Lion Is in the Streets [12]
1952 Family Theater The Red Head [13]


In 1954, Cagney made a television pilot for a mystery series, Satan's Waiting, but it apparently was not sold. [14] Later, she served as the fashion commentator of Queen for a Day , [15] hosted by Jack Bailey on NBC and ABC from 1956 to 1963. This daytime "game show" is regarded as a forerunner of today's reality shows. Cagney hosted segments that provided viewers with tips on style and introduced to them the latest fashions.

A television pilot is a standalone episode of a television series that is used to sell the show to a television network. At the time of its creation, the pilot is meant to be the testing ground to gauge whether a series will be successful. It is, therefore, a test episode for the intended television series, an early step in the series development, much like pilot studies serve as precursors to the start of larger activity.

<i>Queen for a Day</i> US television program

Queen for a Day is an American radio and television game show that helped to usher in American listeners' and viewers' fascination with big-prize giveaway shows. Queen for a Day originated on the Mutual Radio Network on April 30, 1945, in New York City before moving to Los Angeles a few months later and ran until 1957. The show then ran on NBC Television from 1956 to 1960 and on ABC Television from 1960 to 1964.

Jack Bailey (actor) American actor and daytime game show

John Wesley Bailey Jr. was an American actor and daytime game show host. He was born in Hampton, Iowa, and died in Santa Monica, California.


Cagney married actor Ross Latimer (also known as Kim Spaulding) in 1944. She was divorced from him March 9, 1951. They had no children. [16] She married Jack Morrison, a faculty member in theater arts at UCLA, [15] on June 6, 1953; [17] they had two daughters, Mary and Terry. [15]

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Jeanne Cagney, at age 65, died of lung cancer in Newport Beach, California, on December 7, 1984. [3] Survivors included brothers William and James Cagney, daughters Theresa Cagney and Mary Anne Roberts, and a grandson. [3] Her grave is at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, California. Her brother William, who died in 1988, is buried next to her. [18]


1939 All Women Have Secrets Kay Parker Gregory
1940 Queen of the Mob Ethel Webster
1940 Golden Gloves Mary Parker
1940 Rhythm on the River Country Cousin
1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy Josie Cohan
1948 The Time of Your Life Kitty Duval
1950 Quicksand Vera
1952 Don't Bother to Knock Rochelle
1953 A Lion Is in the Streets Jennie Brown
1955 Kentucky Rifle Cordie Hay
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Carrie Chaney
1965 Town Tamer Mary Donley(final film role)

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