'Never Give a Sucker an Even Break' star has died at the age of 92

Cheryl Kahla
Sep 04, 2018
08:31 A.M.
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Singer and actress Gloria Jean, most famously known for her roles in "The Under-Pup" and "A Little Bit of Heaven," died at the age of 92.


According to her daughter-in-law Jennifer Cellini, she passed away on August 31 of heart failure, and the announcement was posted on her official website.

Jean's career spanned more than two decades, and the former child star landed her first role in "A Spot of Philanthropy" at the age of 10.

At the time of her death, she was the oldest surviving Universal Pictures celebrity and a short montage of her films can be seen below.


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In 1939, Jean was offered the leading role as Pip-Emma Binns in "The Under-Pup," and also went on to star in "If I Had My Way" the following year.

She received critical acclaim for her role in "A Little Bit of Heaven" and starring in "Never Give A Sucker an Even Break" made her a household name during Hollywood's Golden Era.

As a young adult, she also appeared in "Flesh and Fantasy" and "Ghost Catchers" before her contract with Universal Pictures expired in the early forties.


She went on two successful tours across America and Europe before returning to the silver screen three years later in "Copacabana."

Jean also pursued work in stage and television before retiring from the film industry in the early sixties.

Her last roles were as Ellen Ryan in an episode of "The Dick Powell Theatre," and as Sheila in an episode of "Saints and Sinners."


That same year, at the age of 36, she married Franco Cellini but the marriage lasted only four years. They had one son, Angelo Cellini.

After her divorce, Jean worked at cosmetics Redken Laboratories until her retirement in 1993, after which she moved to Hawaii to live with Angelo and his family.

She battled ill health during her last years, and Jean was preceded in death by her son in 2017.

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