British actress Jean Kent in a publicity shot for Madonna of the Seven Moons (1945)

Jean Kent

1921–2013 | British actress

British leading lady of the 1940s, on stage aged ten, formerly (as Jean Carr) in the Windmill chorus

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Jean Kent Biography

Jean Kent, born Joan Mildred Field on 29th June, 1921 in Brixton, London, was a British film actress. She started her theatrical career at a tender age in 1931 as a dancer. Initially, she used the stage name of Jean Carr when she appeared as a chorus girl in the Windmill Theatre in London.

Gainsborough Pictures

Bit parts led to her first real break in 1942 with Tommy Handley and Greta Gynt in . Later, she signed to Gainsborough Pictures during the Second World War; the turning point in her career came when she was given a dramatic part alongside James Mason and in .

Marriage

In 1946 she married the Austrian Jusuf Ramart – with Stewart Granger as best man at her wedding – and the pair remained together until until his death in 1989. The couple appeared together in the films and .

Film and Television

She appeared in a large number British films during the 1940s and 1950s, which included many successful British melodramatic films, as the strawberry-blonde haughty, seductive type, who was often cast as a spiteful hussy or femme fatale. The latter part of her acting career was in television, including roles in Sir Francis Drake and Thicker Than Water in the 1960s, and in the 70s show Tycoon.

Autobiography

Billed at the BFI on her 90th birthday in 2011 as the ‘last of the Gainsborough Girls’, Kent was writing her eagerly anticipated autobiography before her death in late 2013.

With thanks to Michael Thornton for corrections to spellings of certain names.

Jean Kent Filmography

Mary Radcliffe
Frances Lane
The Encyclopedia Girl
Kitty
Lucy Beckett
Bridie Johnson
Dolly
Vittoria
Jani
Cigarette Girl
Jill Duncan
Toni
Jackson’s Doxy
Carnival (1946)
Irene Dale
Caravan (1946)
Rosal
Bianca
Lucy
Ellen Godden
Valya
Gwen Rawlings
Ricki Merritt
Trottie True
Agnes / Madame Astra / Parrot
Helena
Dorothy Pellegrini
Millie Crocker-Harri
Louise Parker
Florence Haddon
Maisie Springfield
Cora Seth
Mrs Helen Lombard
Janet Halliday
Louise Burt
Mme. Guillin
Mrs Smythe
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Personal Details

Born
Died
Jusuf Ramart
Husband m. 1946–1989 (his death)
Nina Norre
Mother
Norman Field
Father

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