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Hazel Brooks (September 8, 1924 – September 18, 2002) was an American actress.
|Born||September 8, 1924|
Cape Town, South Africa
|Died||September 18, 2002 (aged 78)|
|Other names||Hazel Brooks Ross|
Hazel Brooks Gibbons
(m. 1944; died 1960)
(m. 1967; died 1999)
The daughter of a sea captain, Brooks was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Her father died when she was three years old, and she moved with her mother to Brooklyn, New York. Her mother remarried and then divorced, resulting in custody battles over Brooks' half-brother. Brooks described her childhood as "very unhappy", noting that she attended 14 schools.
Brooks became a model for Harry Conover when she was 16. A talent scout picked her and five other models to appear in the film Du Barry Was a Lady (1943). She made a series of pictures at the studio during the 1940s, culminating with a lead role in 1947 Body and Soul with John Garfield.
She had captured almost as much attention three years earlier in 1944 when, at age 19, she married the long-time head of her studio's fabled art department, Cedric Gibbons, then 54. The wedding occurred on October 25, 1944. Although the age difference inspired a certain amount of winking in the gossip columns at the time, the marriage proved a strong one and lasted until Gibbons' death in 1960. Brooks subsequently married Dr. Rex Ross (1908-1999), a surgeon and founder of the Non-invasive Vascular Clinic at Hollywood Hospital.
According to long-time friend Maria Cooper Janis, Gary Cooper's daughter, Ross in the years after her retirement from films became a skilled still photographer. She also worked actively for a number of children's charities.
|1943||Du Barry Was a Lady'||Miss June||Uncredited|
|1944||Meet the People||Show Girl||Uncredited|
|1944||Marriage Is a Private Affair||Bridesmaid||Uncredited|
|1944||Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo||Girl in Officers' Club||Uncredited|
|1945||Without Love||Girl on Elevator||Uncredited|
|1946||The Harvey Girls||Dance-Hall Girl||Uncredited|
|1947||Body and Soul||Alice|
|1948||Sleep, My Love||Daphne|
|1948||Arch of Triumph||Sybil||Uncredited|
|1951||The Basketball Fix||Lily Courtney|
|1953||The I Don't Care Girl||Stella Forrest|
- Dighton, Ralph (June 22, 1947). "Man Who Invented 'Oomph' To Make Hazel Brooks a Star". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. Associated Press. p. 25. Retrieved October 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Graham, Sheilah (March 2, 1947). "Watch the Smoke Of Hazel Brooks, A Sure-Fire Star". The Courier-Journal. Kentucky, Louisville. p. 28. Retrieved October 12, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- Hopper, Hedda (October 27, 1944). "Cedric Gibbons marries actress Hazel Brooks". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. 13. Retrieved October 11, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
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