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Subject: ARCHIVE: December 7, 1984 ~Jeanne Cagney, American film, stage, and television actress, who as sister of Hollywood star, made her own way, appearing 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), dies of cancer at 65. ...

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Date Posted: Saturday, December 08, 09:06:38pm

American film, stage, and television actress. ...

Jeanne Cagney
[ Jeanne Carolyn Cagney ]
(March 25, 1919 – December 7, 1984)

Early years …
Born in New York City, Jeanne 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. She attended Hunter College High School. Majoring in French and German, 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. Following her college graduation, she studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.

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

Film …
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. 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). …

Cagney, seen here in her famed role as George M. Cohan's sister in "Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). …

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

Armstrong's Theatre of Today

Screen Guild Players
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Silver Theater
Wanted -- Adventure for Two

The Kate Smith Hour
Till We Meet Again

Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station
A Lion Is in the Streets

Family Theater
The Red Head

Television …
In 1954, Cagney made a television pilot for a mystery series, Satan's Waiting, but it apparently was not sold. Later, she served as the fashion commentator of Queen for a Day, 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.

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

Death …
Jeanne Cagney, at age 65, died of lung cancer in Newport Beach, California, on December 7, 1984. Survivors included brothers William and James Cagney, daughters Theresa Cagney and Mary Anne Roberts, and a grandson. 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. …

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Reading of Miss Cagney, I found that her niece (daughter of brother Dr. Edward Cagney) was a victim of fatal domestic violence over 50 years ago! ...Sad StorySunday, December 09, 01:34:54am
He was 85, not 65. (NT)SciteaSunday, December 09, 07:37:40pm

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