Adele Jergens

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Film actress Adele Jergens (November 26, 1917 - November 22, 2002) was born in Brooklyn, New York.

The beauty queen's birth date is sometimes listed as 1922. Jergens first rose to prominence in the late 1930s, when she was named "Miss World's Fairest" at New York's 1939 World's Fair and in the early 1940s, she worked as a Rockette, and was named the Number One Showgirl in New York City.

After a few years of working as a model and chorus girl, she got her first break into the big time understudying Gypsy Rose Lee as a burlesque strip artist in the Broadway show "Star and Garter" in 1942. Gypsy fell ill for two weeks during the show's run. A talent scout caught her performance and signed her to a contract with Columbia Pictures in 1944. That's when brunette Jergens became a blonde. Her chorus girl past came in handy when she played an exotic dancer in Armored Car Robbery (1950). She was usually cast as blonde floozies and burlesque dancers. She once played Marilyn Monroe's mother in Ladies of the Chorus (1948) despite the fact that Jergens was only 9 years older than Monroe.

  • She was dubbed "The Eyeful" by a publicist at Columbia Studios, and "the Girl with the Million Dollar Legs" by one of her dancing instructors.

Her only child, actor Tracy Langan, predeceased her.

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Filmography

  • "Soldiers of Fortune" .... Mitzi Danger (1 episode, 1956)
- The Danger Sisters (1956) TV Episode .... Mitzi Danger
  • Runaway Daughters (1956) .... Dixie Jackson
  • Fighting Trouble (1956) .... Mae Randle
  • Girls in Prison (1956) .... Jenny
  • Day the World Ended (1955) .... Ruby
  • "Damon Runyon Theater" .... Judy Jensen (2 episodes, 1955)
- Judy the Jinx (1955) TV Episode .... Judy Jensen
- Teacher's Pet (1955) TV Episode
  • The Lonesome Trail (1955) .... Mae
  • The Cobweb (1955) .... Miss Cobb
  • Outlaw Treasure (1955) .... Rita Starr
  • Strange Lady in Town (1955) .... Bella Brown
  • "I Married Joan" .... Helen Cavanaugh (2 episodes, 1954)
- Clothes Budget (1954) TV Episode .... Helen Cavanaugh
- Home of the Week (1954) TV Episode .... Helen Cavanaugh
  • The Big Chase (1954) .... Doris Grayson
  • The Miami Story (1954) .... Gwen Abbott
  • Fireman Save My Child (1954) .... Harry's Wife
  • Overland Pacific (1954) .... Jessie Loraine
... aka Silver Dollar (USA)
  • "The Public Defender" .... Patricia Murray (1 episode, 1954)
- Lost Cause (1954) TV Episode .... Patricia Murray
  • "The Ford Television Theatre" (1 episode, 1953)
... aka Ford Theatre (USA: short title)
- The People Versus Johnston (1953) TV Episode
  • Somebody Loves Me (1952) .... Nola Beach
  • "Dangerous Assignment" .... Marilyn (2 episodes, 1952)
- The Lagoon Story (1952) TV Episode
- The Art Treasure Story (1952) TV Episode .... Marilyn
  • Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) .... Gladys
... aka Marshmallow Moon (Philippines: English title) (UK)
  • "Racket Squad" .... Virginia 'Peggy' Christy (1 episode, 1952)
- The Case of the Hearse Chaser (1952) TV Episode .... Virginia 'Peggy' Christy
  • "The Abbott and Costello Show" .... Lou's Wife (1 episode)
- Amnesia (????) TV Episode .... Lou's Wife
  • Show Boat (1951) (uncredited) .... Cameo McQueen
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951) .... Boots Marsden
... aka Meet the Invisible Man
  • Sugarfoot (1951) .... Reva Cairn
... aka Swirl of Glory (USA: reissue title)
  • "Stars Over Hollywood" (1 episode, 1951)
- Yang Yin and Mrs. Wiswell (1951) TV Episode
  • The Sound of Fury (1950) .... Velma
... aka Try and Get Me (USA: reissue title)
  • Blues Busters (1950) .... Lola Stanton
  • Edge of Doom (1950) .... Irene
... aka Stronger Than Fear (UK)
  • Armored Car Robbery (1950) .... Yvonne LeDoux aka Mrs. Benny McBride
... aka Armoured Car Robbery (UK)
  • Beware of Blondie (1950) .... Toby Clifton
  • Everybody's Dancin' (1950)
  • Side Street (1950) .... Lucille 'Lucky' Colner
  • Blonde Dynamite (1950) .... Joan 'Joanie' Marshall
  • Radar Secret Service (1950) .... Lila
  • The Traveling Saleswoman (1950) .... Lilly
  • Treasure of Monte Cristo (1949) .... Jean Turner
  • The Mutineers (1949) .... Norma Harrison
... aka Pirate Ship
  • The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) .... Inez Gray
  • Law of the Barbary Coast (1949) .... Lita
  • Slightly French (1949) .... Yvonne La Tour
  • The Dark Past (1948) .... Laura Stevens
  • Ladies of the Chorus (1948) .... Mae Martin
  • The Fuller Brush Man (1948) .... Miss Sharmley
... aka That Mad Mr. Jones (UK)
  • The Woman from Tangier (1948) .... Nylon
  • I Love Trouble (1948) .... Boots Nestor
  • The Prince of Thieves (1948) .... Lady Christabel
  • Blondie's Anniversary (1947) .... Gloria Stafford
  • When a Girl's Beautiful (1947) .... Adele Jordan
  • Down to Earth (1947) .... Georgia Evans
  • The Corpse Came C.O.D. (1947) .... Mona Harrison
  • She Wouldn't Say Yes (1945) .... Allura
  • Fallen Angel (1945) (uncredited) .... Woman in audience
  • A Thousand and One Nights (1945) .... Princess Armina
... aka 1001 Nights
  • Tonight and Every Night (1945) (uncredited) .... Show Girl
  • Together Again (1944) (uncredited) .... Gloria LaVerne
  • Dancing in Manhattan (1944) (uncredited) .... Darnelle
  • Black Arrow (1944) .... Mary Brent
  • Jane Eyre (1944) (uncredited) .... Girl at Party
  • The Gang's All Here (1943) (uncredited) .... Chorine, New York Number
... aka The Girls He Left Behind (UK)
  • Hello Frisco, Hello (1943) (uncredited)

Notes

Adele Jergens originally appeared in the July 22, 1945 issue of YANK magazine

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