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Jean Muir Fullarton

Jean Muir Fullarton

Female 1911 - 1996  (85 years)

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  • Name Jean Muir Fullarton 
    Born 13 Feb 1911  Suffern, Rockland County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Name Jean Muir 
    1940 Census 10 May 1940  Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • ED 19-66, sheet 13B
      1018 Carol Dr.
      Fullerton, Jean Miss     Head  F  M  29  S   New York  1935: Hollywood, Calif    Actress - Films
    Died 23 Jul 1996  Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 25 Jul 1996  New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    New York TImes 
    • Jean Muir, Actress Penalized By 50's Blacklist, Dies at 85
      By WILLIAM GRIMES

      Jean Muir, whose dismissal from the television series "The Aldrich Family" in 1950 brought widespread attention to the television industry's practice of blacklisting suspected Communists, died on Tuesday at a nursing home in Mesa, Ariz. She was 85.

      On Aug. 27, 1950, Ms. Muir was preparing to appear in the role of Mother Aldrich in the premiere episode of "The Aldrich Family," when the show was abruptly canceled by NBC and the General Foods Corporation, the sponsor of the series. The company and the network were responding to angry telephone calls and telegrams from readers of Red Channels, a publication that had included Ms. Muir on a list of suspected Communists and Communist sympathizers in television and radio.

      Ms. Muir denied the charges. "I am not a Communist, have never been one, and believe that the Communists represent a vicious and destructive force, and I am opposed to them," she said after being dismissed from "The Aldrich Family." General Foods said it had no opinion on the accuracy of the charges against Ms. Muir but that it had no choice but to dismiss her because the accusations made her "a controversial personality." Ms. Muir did not work in television again until 1958.

      Ms. Muir was born in Suffern, N.Y., and attended schools in nearby Ridgewood, N.J. She found her way into acting by chance. Returning to the United States from France after studying French at the Sorbonne, she struck up a shipboard acquaintance with members of the English company of "Bird in Hand," which was headed to New Haven for a Broadway tryout. She agreed to become an understudy, and after acting in several stock productions, she appeared in such short-lived Broadway shows as "The Truth Game," "Peter Ibbetson," and "Life Begins." In 1933, as one of the stars of "Saint Wench," she was spotted by a talent scout and signed to a contract at Warner Brothers, which shortened her name from Jean Muir Fullarton.

      She made more than two dozen B pictures in her four years with Warner, often playing ingenues with a bit of flash and fire. Her films included "As the Earth Turns," "Desirable," "Gentlemen Are Born" and "The White Cockatoo." In "A Midsummer Night's Dream," she appeared in the role of Helena. She also founded and managed a little theater company.

      In 1937 she left Hollywood and, after appearing in London in J. B. Priestley's "People at Sea" and the British film "Jane Steps Out," returned to the New York theater. She toured with the Group Theater production of "Golden Boy" and performed in summer stock. In 1939 she helped organize the American Guild of Variety Artists. In a brief return to films in the early 1940's, she appeared in "The Lone Wolf Meets a Lady," "One Is Beautiful," and "The Constant Nymph."

      She found her way back into television in a drama on "Matinee Theater" on NBC in 1958. From 1966 to 1976 she taught drama at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. After retiring, she taught briefly at several other colleges and universities, including the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

      She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Bauer of Mesa, and two sons, Michael of Los Angeles and David of Belmont, Calif.

      Correction: July 27, 1996, Saturday An obituary of the actress Jean Muir on Thursday misstated the title of one of her films. It is "And One Was Beautiful," not "One Is Beautiful."
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      Actress and educator. Jean Muir Fullarton stepped off the liner "President Hayes" in Los Angeles on June 4, 1933, listed her address as Warner Bros. Pictures and, soon, shortened her name. Tall and classy, Jean fitted neatly into a variety of roles in Warner's programmers like "Gentlemen Are Born" and "Dr. Monica." Her prestige role was as Helena opposite Ross Alexander in Max Reinhart's 1935 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She left Warner's in 1937 and made occasional appearances in films through 1943's "The Constant Nymph," but turned her attention to stage and radio. Her career was all but wrecked when, in 1950, on the eve of her casting in the early TV series "The Aldrich Family," she was tarred with allegations of being a Communist sympathizer, causing the sponsor to pull the plug on the show. She aggressively denied the allegations, which were never proven, but the damage was done. From the mid-1960s into the 1970s, she taught drama at St. Stephen's College in Columbia, MO. Jean died in a nursing home at age 85 in Mesa, AZ, survived by her daughter and two sons.
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      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0611368/bio

      Date of Birth
      13 February 1911, Suffern, New York, USA

      Date of Death
      23 July 1996, Mesa, Arizona, USA

      Birth Name
      Jean Muir Fullarton

      Height
      5' 7" (1.70 m)

      Mini Biography
      Tall, blond-haired US stage, screen and TV actress from the 30's through the mid-60's, after which she retired from acting to teach drama at a college in the US Midwest.

      Spouse
      Henry Jaffe       (19 December 1940 - 1960) (divorced) 3 children

      Trivia
      In 1950 she was blacklisted by the television industry as a suspected Communist.

      Was the original choice for Errol Flynn's leading lady in the classic swashbuckler Captain Blood (1935) but the role ultimately went to young 18-year-old Olivia de Havilland, who impressed critics and audiences in the film A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), which also co-starred Ms. Muir.

      In the 30s as a Warner Bros.' contract player, she was nicknamed "The Studio Pest" because she always had questions about everything from camera angles to publicity practices.

      Disappointed at never being given a strong movie part, she quit films in 1943 and moved to radio, TV and stage work.

      Her name appeared in "Red Channels" the "anti-Communist" pamphlet and her career was irreparably damaged. This led to a bout with alcoholism, which she recovered from.

      In later years she taught drama in community playhouses and summer drama schools.

      Her ex-husband, Henry Jaffe, was a New York City attorney.

      Personal Quotes
      I am not a Communist, have never been one, and believe that the Communists represent a vicious and destructive force, and I am opposed to them.
    Person ID I4810  Ridsdale Families
    Last Modified 13 Aug 2012 

    Father George Knox Fullarton,   b. Abt 1876, Govan, Lanark, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1934, New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Ida Eagleton Hanson,   b. 10 May 1881, New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jan 1969, Columbia, Boone County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married Abt Sep 1909 
    Family ID F1514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joshua Henry Jaffe,   b. 19 Jan 1907, New York, New York County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1992, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1940 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Divorced 1960 
    Children 
     1. D.H. Jaffe
     2. M.M. Jaffe
     3. M.A. Jaffe
    Last Modified 12 Aug 2012 
    Family ID F1515  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Feb 1911 - Suffern, Rockland County, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1940 Census - 10 May 1940 - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jul 1996 - Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - New York TImes - 25 Jul 1996 - New York, New York County, New York Link to Google Earth
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    Jean Muir Fullarton (1911-1996)
    Jean Muir Fullarton (1911-1996)
    Jean Muir was exquisite as Helena in Warner Bros.' "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1935.