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Took out inexplicable "frog-like" adjective. Clarityfiend 21:30, 11 July 2006 (UTC)
I think you'll find that was a common description of her voice. While it may not sound especially "frog like" to us, if you listen to her early films especially, she had a very distinctive voice. "Husky" doesn't really cover it. When she first heard herself in a talkie, she allegedly ran out of the room in horror as she thought it was so awful. Personally I think it was great. 188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:06, 24 January 2010 (UTC)
The statement,"She remains, arguably, the quintessential female exemplar of the 1930s/1940s film genre known as screwball comedy is very arguable. How many screwball comedies besides "Mr. Deeds" did Jean Arthur star in? Bzuk 06:41, 15 June 2007 (UTC).
A quote from an expert, James Harvey, author of the definitive book on screwball: "Romantic Comedy in Hollywood," (Knopf, 1987), p. 351: "No one was more closely identified with the screwball comedy than Jean Arthur. So much was she part of it, so much was her star personality defined by it, that the screwball style itself seems almost unimaginable without her." The screwball books by Ed Sikov, Elizabeth Kendall, Ted Sennett and anybody else who has ever written a book about the genre all include Jean Arthur among the half dozen or so most prominent screwball actresses.
Screwball comedies Jean Arthur appeared in include: The Whole Town's Talking (1935); If You Could Only Cook (1935); Mr. Deeds (1936); The Ex-Mrs. Bradford (1936); Adventure in Manhattan (1936); Easy Living (1937 --a classic of the screwball genre); You Can't Take it With You (1938); Too Many Husbands (1940); The More the Merrier (1943). Other classics such as The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) and The Talk of the Town (1942), while not technically screwball, had a number of screwball elements.
The Wikipedia article itself on screwball comedy lists Arthur as one of the 7 actresses most commonly associated with the genre.
Birth Date incorrect?
Has anyone seen the film Shane? She plays the wife of a homesteader with a 10 year old son. The film was made in 1951, which would make her 51 years old when the film was shot! That can't possibly be correct. I think her birthdate of 1900 must be incorrect. JettaMann 23:26, 31 August 2007 (UTC)
- Seems to be the correct date: Jean Arthur AKA Gladys Georgianna Greene. Born: 17-Oct-1900 Birthplace: Plattsburgh, NY Died: 19-Jun-1991 Location of death: Carmel, CA (www.nndb.com/people/545/000031452/) and also cited by the Internet Movie Database as Oct. 17, 1900. FWIW Bzuk 00:17, 1 September 2007 (UTC).
First marriage date correct?
Articles all seem to state 1928 as the year of her first marriage. However, some articles indicate her saying that she was a teenager and that she and her husband "lied about their ages". This doesn't make sense - she would have been at least 27 years old in 1928 (assuming she was actually born in 1900). Even if she were born in 1908 she would have been at least 19 years old (which I'm assuming wouldn't require lying, although I'm not familiar with the marriage laws in the 1920's). 184.108.40.206 (talk) 22:57, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
In the article it says, "... she avoided photographers and refused to become a part of any kind of publicity." There is a citation, but one only has to conduct an image search on the internet to discover hundreds, maybe thousands, of publicity stills of Arthur. Interesting dilemma; the citation supports the claim but original research, which anyone with an internet connection can replicate, shows it to be a questionable claim. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 20:18, 19 February 2012 (UTC)