Green-eyed beauty Jean Elizabeth Peters flashed across the screen as a bright star during her relatively brief tenure in Hollywood. After just seven years under contract to 20th Century Fox (1947 to 1954), she joined in the reclusive lifestyle of her eccentric billionaire husband, Howard Hughes, and all but vanished from public view. Jean was born in Canton, Ohio, in October 1926. Her father died when she was ten years old. Her mother owned a tourist camp on the outskirts of town and there was enough money around to send Jean to college. She received the latter part of her tertiary education at Ohio State University and graduated with a diploma qualifying her as an English teacher. A campus popularity contest put paid to those plans, since it came gift-wrapped with a trip to Hollywood and a screen test. In short order, “Miss Ohio State University” was offered a bona fide 7-year contract at 20th Century Fox with a starting salary of $150 a week.
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