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Jean Dixon
Jean Jacques

(1893-07-14)July 14, 1893
DiedFebruary 12, 1981(1981-02-12) (aged 87)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1929–1960
Spouse(s)Edward Stevenson Ely (1936–1980; his death)

Jean Dixon (born Jean Jacques,[1] July 14, 1893[citation needed] or 1896 (sources differ) – February 12, 1981[citation needed]) was an American stage and film actress.

Early years

Dixon was born in Waterbury, Connecticut. Her education came at St. Margaret's School in Waterbury and in France. While there, she studied dramatics under Sarah Bernhardt.[1]


She made her Broadway stage debut in 1926, in a comedy melodrama called Wooden Kimono, and continued to perform there even after she retired from films.[2] Her style of "brittle comedy" was seen in plays like June Moon (1929) by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner and Once in a Lifetime (1930) by Kaufman and Moss Hart. Her final Broadway performance was in the play The Gang's All Here in 1959-60.[2]

Dixon made her screen debut in 1929 in The Lady Lies and appeared in 11 other films, including My Man Godfrey, before her final studio film, Holiday (1938), which starred Edward Everett Horton, Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. She continued to act on stage throughout the 1940s and 1950s[3] and made some appearances in TV series and TV movies in the 1950s and in 1960.[citation needed]

Personal life

In January 1936, Dixon eloped with Edward Stevenson Ely; they were married in Yuma, Arizona.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Peak, Mayme Ober (July 16, 1936). "Reel Life in Hollywood". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 20. Retrieved 14 July 2019 – via
  2. ^ a b "Jean Dixon" on the Internet Broadway Database
  3. ^ "Jean Dixon – Broadway Cast & Staff | IBDB".
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