Jeanne Crain is born in Barstow, California, 1925. The year 1949 was a banner one for the actress, appearing in The Fan, Pinky and—her best movie—A Letter to Three Wives. Though never one of Hollywood’s great actresses, she nonetheless acquitted herself well in Pinky, portraying a black woman passing for white. For the Elia Kazan-directed drama, Crain earned her only Oscar nomination. She got her start in movies when she won the title of Miss Camera Girl of 1942 in Florida and was signed by Fox. A small role in The Gang’s All Here (1943) led to 22 more films for the studio, mostly as the girl-next-door type. Her last film under contract with them was Vicki (1953). “I loved being at the studio,” said the actress, who left Fox in 1953 after filming Vicki. “After all, I started at 15, and I grew up there. But there comes a time when an actress stays too long in the same place. People get used to having you around, and they can't think of you in a different light.” In the years that followed, she made a handful of films at Warner Bros. and Universal. Crain made her final film—Skyjacked—in 1972.