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Jean Rogers

Jean Rogers, born Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren, was an American actress who starred in serial films in the 1930s and low–budget feature films in the 1940s as a leading lady. She is best remembered for playing Dale Arden in the science fiction serials Flash Gordon and Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars. She graduated from Belmont High School, and had hoped to study art, but in 1933, she won a beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures that led to her career in Hollywood. Rogers starred in several serials for Universal between 1935 and 1938, including Ace Drummond and Flash Gordon. Rogers was one of seven women chosen out of 2,700 passengers on excursion boats and ferries who were interviewed for roles in Eight Girls in a Boat. The group began work in Hollywood on September 3, 1933. By 1937, Rogers was the only one of the seven featured as an actress. Rogers was assigned the role of Dale Arden in the first two Flash Gordon serials. Buster Crabbe and Rogers were cast as the hero and heroine in the first serial, Flash Gordon, and Rogers' beauty, long blonde hair, and revealing costumes endeared her to moviegoers. The evil ruler Ming the Merciless lusted after her, and Gordon was forced to rescue her from one situation after another. While filming the series in 1937, her costume caught fire and she suffered burns on her hands. Co-star Crabbe smothered the fire by wrapping a blanket on her. In the first serial, Arden competed with Princess Aura for Gordon's attention. Rogers' character was fragile, small-chested, diminutive, and totally dependent on Gordon for her survival; Lawson's Princess Aura was domineering, independent, voluptuous, conniving, sly, ambitious, and determined to make Gordon her own. The competition for Gordon's attention is one of the highlights of the film. In Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, the second serial, Rogers sported a totally different look. She had dark hair and wore the same modest costume in each episode. Rogers matured after the first serial, and no sexual overtones are seen in Trip to Mars. Rogers told writer Richard Lamparski that she was not eager to do the second serial and asked her studio to excuse her from the third. Despite starring in serial films, Rogers felt she was not going to improve her career unless she could participate in feature films. She discovered that it was more tedious working in feature films. She played John Wayne's leading lady in the 1936 full-length motion picture Conflict and co-starred with Boris Karloff in the horror film Night Key the following year. During the 1940s, Rogers appeared solely in feature films, including The Man Who Wouldn't Talk with Lloyd Nolan, Viva Cisco Kid with Cesar Romero as the Cisco Kid, Design for Scandal with Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon, Whistling in Brooklyn with Red Skelton, A Stranger in Town with Frank Morgan, Backlash, and Speed to Spare with Richard Arlen. Still, she was unhappy with the studios, possibly because she was relegated to B-movie productions on a lower salary. She decided to freelance with companies such as 20th Century Fox and MGM. Her last appearance was in a supporting role in the suspense film The Second Woman, made in 1950 by United Artists. She died in Sherman Oaks in 1991 at the age of 74 following surgery. She was later cremated and her ashes returned to her family.


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Born:
Mar 25, 1916 In Belmont, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
49
First Appeared:
In the movie Twenty Million Sweethearts 1934-05-26
Latest Project:
Movie Spaceship To The Unknown 1966-01-01
Known For
Poster of Rough, Tough and Ready
Poster of Personalities
Poster of Time Out for Murder
Poster of Stormy

Jean Rogers Movies Filmography

Movie
Spaceship To The Unknown
Dale Arden (archive footage) 1966-01-01
Movie
The Second Woman
Dodo Ferris 1950-07-07
Movie
Squadron of Doom
Peggy Trainor 1949-12-15
Movie
Fighting Back
June Sanders 1948-07-30
Movie
Speed to Spare
Mary McGee 1948-05-14
Movie
Backlash
Catherine Morland 1947-03-01
Movie
Gay Blades
Nancy Davis 1946-01-25
Movie
Rough, Tough and Ready
Jo Matheson 1945-03-22
Movie
The Strange Mr. Gregory
Ellen Randall 1945-01-12
Movie
Whistling in Brooklyn
Jean Pringle 1943-12-01
Movie
Swing Shift Maisie
Iris Reed 1943-10-01
Movie
A Stranger in Town
Lucy Gilbert 1943-04-01
Movie
Dr. Kildare's Victory
Miss Annabelle Kirke 1942-02-04
Movie
Personalities
(uncredited) 1942-01-01
Movie
The War Against Mrs. Hadley
Patricia Hadley 1942-08-07
Movie
Sunday Punch
Judy 1942-05-08
Movie
Pacific Rendezvous
Elaine Carter 1942-05-21
Movie
Design for Scandal
Dotty 1941-12-01
Movie
Let's Make Music
Abby Adams 1941-01-17
Movie
Brigham Young
Clara Young 1940-09-27
Movie
Viva Cisco Kid
Joan Allen 1940-04-12
Movie
Charlie Chan in Panama
Kathi Lenesch (Baroness Kathi von Czardos) 1940-03-01
Movie
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Alice Stetson 1940-01-11
Movie
Inside Story
June White 1939-03-10
Movie
Stop, Look and Love
Louise Haller 1939-09-22
Movie
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence
Anita Santos 1939-11-03
Movie
Hotel for Women
Nancy Prescott 1939-08-03
Movie
While New York Sleeps
Judy King 1938-12-16
Movie
Mars Attacks the World
Dale Arden 1938-11-07
Movie
Always in Trouble
Virginia Darlington 1938-10-28
Movie
Time Out for Murder
Helen Thomas 1938-09-25
Movie
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars
Dale Arden 1938-03-21
Movie
Reported Missing
Jean Clayton 1937-08-15
Movie
Night Key
Joan Mallory 1937-04-18
Movie
Secret Agent X-9
Shara Graustark 1937-04-12
Movie
When Love Is Young
Irene Henry 1937-03-26
Movie
Crash Donovan
Blonde 1936-08-01
Movie
Rocket Ship
Dale Arden 1936-01-01
Movie
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Elsie Belwood 1936-01-13
Movie
Conflict
Maude Sangster 1936-11-29
Movie
My Man Godfrey
1936-09-02
Movie
Flash Gordon
Dale Arden 1936-10-10
Movie
Ace Drummond
Peggy Trainor 1936-10-18
Movie
Mysterious Crossing
Yvonne Fontaine 1936-12-27
Movie
Fighting Youth
Blonde Student 1935-11-01
Movie
Stormy
Kerry Dorn 1935-10-21
Movie
Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery
Betty Lou Barnes 1935-10-20
Movie
Manhattan Moon
Joan 1935-07-01
Movie
Twenty Million Sweethearts
Radio Fan (uncredited) 1934-05-26

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