Jean Hagen is one of those actresses with a lack of popularity I can’t quite figure out. She was so talented, beautiful, and colorful… how can she not be better-known. It can’t be her, personally, because she has no flaw and never comes up short in any performance.
The only thing I can think of as a possible reason is perhaps her roles weren’t “front and center” often enough. She gave strong performances and had some wonderful films – but she was more often than not a supporting player. You know, the type of player a team can’t possibly function without but often falls under the heading of, “I know that face…. what’s the name again???”
I’m working my way through her filmography and I grow to love her more with each and every scene.
The photo here is a behind the scenes picture from Singin’ in the Rain.
You can find Singin’ in the Rain (Amazon link) on dvd – a classic every old Hollywood lover must have in their collection!