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Name: Jean Parker  
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Date of Birth: 11th August 1915
Place of Birth: Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana, USA
Profession: Actress
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Actress Jean Parker in an undated promotional photo

Jean Parker (born Lois Mae Green on August 11, 1915, in Deer Lodge, Montana) is an American movie actress. She was once married to actor Robert Lowery (who played Batman in 1949). She appeared in 70 movies from 1932 through 1966. She was discovered by Ida Koverman, secretary to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer after she saw a poster created by Ms. Parker portraying Father Time. Ms. Parker attended Pasadena schools and graduated from John Muir High School. Her original aspirations were in the fine arts and illustration.

After a successful career at MGM, RKO and Columbia (including important roles such as Beth in the original Little Women, among many other film appearances including Frank Capra's Lady for A Day and Gabriel Over the White House; Sequoia; The Ghost Goes West, opposite Robert Donat; and Rasputin and the Empress, with fellow players, the Barrymore siblings (John, Ethel, and Lionel) in the only movie they all made together.

Ms. Parker stayed active throughout the forties in actioners and managed her own airport in Palm Springs, California.

During World War II, she toured many of the veteran hospitals throughout the U.S. and also performed on radio. In 1949, she replaced Judy Holliday who had left Born Yesterday on Broadway to film Bells Are Ringing; and Jean Parker enjoyed a successful run in this classic. Ms. Parker also appeared on Broadway opposite Bert Lahr in the play Burlesque; did summer stock in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; was on tour in the play Candlelight and Loco; and peformed on stage in a variety of other professional productions.

She married Robert Lowery in 1950, and in 1952 gave birth to a son, Robert Lowery, Jr., who is now an executive with the city of Los Angeles, California.

Robert Jr. has provided her with two granddaughters, Katie and Nora Lowery, who both have acting aspirations. Later in life, she began a successful stint on the west coast theater circuit and as an acting coach.

She now resides in the Motion Picture Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California, and she turned 90 on August 15, 2005.

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