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Adele Jergens

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Adele Jergens (November 26, 1917 - November 22, 2002) was an American actress. Jergens first rose to prominence in the late 1930s, when she was named "Miss World's Fairest" at the 1939 New York World's Fair. In the early 1940s, she worked as a Rockette, and was named the Number One Showgirl in New York City.

After a few years of working as a model and chorus girl, including being an understudy to Gypsy Rose Lee, Jergens landed a movie contract with Columbia Pictures in 1944. That's when brunette Jergens became a blonde. Her chorus girl past came in handy when she played an exotic dancer in Armored Car Robbery (1950). She was usually cast as blonde floozies and burlesque dancers. She once played Marilyn Monroe's mother in Ladies of the Chorus (1948) despite the fact that Jergens was only 9 years older than Monroe.

Fact file

  • Born: November 26, 1917 Brooklyn, New York
  • Died: November 22, 2002 (aged 84) Camarillo, California
  • Years active: 1943-1956
  • Spouse(s): Glenn Langan (1949-1991) his death

Read more about Adele Jergens at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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