Jean Rogers

Jean Rogers

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birthname = Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren
birthdate = March 25, 1916
birthplace = Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
deathdate = February 24, 1991
deathplace = Sherman Oaks, California, United States
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yearsactive = 1933-1950
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Jean Rogers (March 25, 1916 - February 24, 1991) was an American actress. She is best remembered today as Dale Arden in two of the three Flash Gordon serials.

Early life

Jean Rogers was born Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1916. Originally, she had hoped to study art. However, as a teenager in 1933, she won a local beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures, which helped launch a career in Hollywood. Rogers starred in a number of serials for Universal from 1935 to 1938, including "Ace Drummond" and "Flash Gordon".

Flash Gordon

Rogers got her biggest assignment when she played the role of Dale Arden in the first two Flash Gordon serials between 1936 and 1939. Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers were perfectly cast as hero and heroine in the first serial ("Flash Gordon"), and Rogers' fragile beauty, long blonde hair, and revealing costume endeared her to thousands of moviegoers during the late 1930s. She was lusted after by "Ming the Merciless" (Charles B. Middleton) and most of the male audience as Flash Gordon rescued her from one life threatening situation after another in the serial. In the first serial, Dale competed with Princess Aura (Priscilla Lawson) for Flash Gordon's amorous attention. Rogers and Lawson were two completely different types of character actress. Jean Rogers was fragile, small-chested, diminutive and totally dependent on the all-powerful Flash Gordon for her survival. Lawson, on the other hand, was domineering, independent, voluptuous, well endowed, conniving, sly, and determined to take Flash for herself. The competition between the two women for Flash Gordon's attention is one of the highlights of the film. In the second Flash Gordon Serial ("Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars"), Jean Rogers sports a totally different look. She has dark hair and wears the same full length, modest costume in each episode. Rogers matured both physically and mentally after the first serial, and there are no sexual overtones in "Trip To Mars" as there were in "Flash Gordon".

Feature films

Fearing that she was becoming a "serial queen," she asked the studio to allow her to do feature films, which they did. She eventually left Universal and started working for 20th Century Fox, and shortly before retiring in 1951, she moved on to working for MGM.

Later life

Rogers is said to have become an artist after retiring. Jean Rogers and Buster Crabbe were reunited in 1975, thirty-nine years after the first Flash Gordon serial was filmed in 1936. They met under less hostile and dangerous conditions the second time around. She died in 1991 at age 74 in Sherman Oaks, California as a result of complications from surgery.

elected filmography

*"Eight Girls in a Boat" (1934)
*"Manhattan Moon" (1934)
*"Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery" (1935 serial)
*"The Adventures of Frank Merriwell" (1936 serial)
*"Flash Gordon" (1936 serial)
*"My Man Godfrey" (1936)
*"Ace Drummond" (1936 serial)
*"Night Key" (1937)
*"When Love is Young" (1937)
*"Secret Agent X-9" (1937 serial)
*"Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" (1938 serial)
*"Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence" (1939)
*"Charlie Chan in Panama" (1940)
*"Viva Cisco Kid" (1940)
*"Whistling in Brooklyn" (1943)
*"Hot Cargo" (1946)
*"Backlash" (1947)
*"Speed to Spare" (1948)
*"Fighting Back" (1948)
*"The Second Woman" (1951)
*"Spaceship to the Unknown" (1966, edited serial)
*"Deadly Ray from Mars" (1966, edited serial)

External links

* [ Tony LoBue's Dale Arden Page]
* [ NYT Article on Jean]
* [ Rotten Tomatoes Jean Rogers Filmography]
* [ Jean Rogers at Find-a-Grave]

NAME= Rogers, Jean
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Lovegren, Eleanor Dorothy
DATE OF BIRTH= March 25, 1916
PLACE OF BIRTH= Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
DATE OF DEATH= February 24, 1991
PLACE OF DEATH= Sherman Oaks, California, United States

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