Today is the 101st birthday of the actress Jean Brooks. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.
BEST KNOWN FOR: American film actress and singer who appeared in over thirty films.
Brooks was born Ruby Kelly in Houston, Texas. Some publications list her date of birth as December 23, 1915, though biographer Douglass Daniel lists Brooks’ birth year as 1916 in his book Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks. She spent her early years in Houston, as well as New York City and Costa Rica. She was fluent in both English and Spanish.
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