Adele Jergens

Adele Jergens
Columbia Pictures


Adele Jergens
TV: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Nov. 26, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Died Nov. 22, 2002 in Camarillo, Calif.

Adele Jergens played brassy platinum-blond bombshells and film-noir femmes fatales in a string of B movies in the 1940s and '50s.

The former New York showgirl primarily played leads and second leads in 47 films, including "Ladies of the Chorus" opposite Marilyn Monroe, "The Fuller Brush Man" starring Red Skelton, "The Dark Past" with William Holden, and "Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man."

In 1939, she was named the Fairest of the Fair at the New York World's Fair.

Jergens, who also worked briefly as a Rockette, was named the No. 1 showgirl in New York at one point in the early '40s and received her first break understudying burlesque stripteaser Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway show "Star and Garter."

She made her film debut with an uncredited role in "Together Again" in 1944, then landed her first real part as a lead in a Columbia serial called "Black Arrow."

Dubbed "The Eyeful" by a studio publicist, Jergens made something of a splash in 1945 with her first significant role, playing a princess in "A Thousand and One Nights," starring Evelyn Keyes and Cornel Wilde.

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