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Hollywood Good Girl ~ Jean Arthur

Apart from the extremely steamy scene on the steps in The More the Merrier and the two husbands problem in Too Many Husbands, Jean actually was a very good girl. We saw it in innocent roles on screen in Easy Living as the broke writer who finds some good luck, and as the job seeking well meaning cook in If Only You Could Cook. Off screen Frank Capra could find no one more worthy to play his morally laced roles, even if she did throw up before shooting her scenes. Having left Hollywood at the height of her career after an Oscar nomination she went on to teach at Vassar for 5 years, and taught student Meryl Streep! Who knew?  Jean was only married twice(one annulled and one divorce), and spent the good part of her life alone with her cats… sad, and yet somehow, maybe for Jean Arthur, simply perfect.

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