Friday, May 12, 2017

Born Today May 12: Julia Dean


Actress Julia Dean (not to be confused with the actress of the same name who was born in 1830 and who was the younger Dean's aunt) was born on this day in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She made her Broadway debut in 1902 and her motion picture debut in 1915 in Judge Not; or The Woman Of Mona Diggings; a Universal production that she landed the leading role in--it also featured Harry Carey.  She acted in film up through the year 1919, but being first and foremost an actress of the stage, silent movie acting was just not appealing.  The last silent film that she made was the drama short An Honorable Cad (1919).  She did not return to film acting until the 1940's.  Her first sound film was the film that she is most remembered for today, the Val Lewton produced The Curse Of The Cat People in 1944.  She continued to work in film right up until her death in 1952.  Her last film appearance came in the romance comedy Your For Me (1952). Dean died on the 17th of October; she was 74.  She is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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