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Nationality
  
American

Role
  
Actress

Name
  
Jean Rogers

Years active
  
1933–1951

Occupation
  
Actress


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Full Name
  
Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren

Born
  
March 25, 1916 (
1916-03-25
)

Notable work
  
Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars

Died
  
February 24, 1991, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States

Spouse
  
Dan Winkler (m. 1943–1970)

Movies
  
Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon's Trip to Ma, Ace Drummond, A Stranger in Town, The Adventures of Frank

Similar People
  
Ford Beebe, Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor, Alex Raymond, Henry MacRae

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Jean Rogers (March 25, 1916 – February 24, 1991) was an American actress who starred in serial films in the 1930s and low–budget feature films in the 1940s as a leading lady. She is best remembered for playing Dale Arden in the serials Flash Gordon (1936) and Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938).

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Early life

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Rogers was born Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her father was an immigrant from Malmö, Sweden. She had hoped to study art, but in 1933 she won a beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures that led to her career in Hollywood. Rogers starred in several serials for Universal between 1935 and 1938, including Ace Drummond and Flash Gordon.

Flash Gordon

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Rogers was assigned the role of Dale Arden in the first two Flash Gordon serials. Buster Crabbe and Rogers were perfectly cast as the hero and heroine in the first serial Flash Gordon, and Rogers' beauty, long blonde hair, and revealing costumes endeared her to moviegoers. The evil ruler "Ming the Merciless" (Charles B. Middleton) lusted after her, and Flash Gordon was forced to rescue her from one situation after another. While filming the series in 1937, her costume caught fire and she suffered burns on her hands. Co-star Crabbe smothered the fire by wrapping a blanket on her.

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In the first serial, Dale competed with Princess Aura (Priscilla Lawson) for Flash Gordon's attention. Rogers' character was fragile, small-chested, diminutive, and totally dependent on Flash Gordon for her survival; Lawson's Princess Aura was domineering, independent, voluptuous, conniving, sly, ambitious, and determined to make Flash her own. The competition for Flash Gordon's attention is one of the highlights of the film. In the second serial, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, Jean Rogers sported a totally different look. She had dark hair and wore the same modest costume in each episode. Rogers matured after the first serial, and no sexual overtones are seen in Trip To Mars. Rogers told writer Richard Lamparski that she was not eager to do the second serial and asked her studio to excuse her from the third.

Feature films

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Despite starring in serial films, Rogers felt she was not going to improve her career unless she could participate in feature films. She discovered that it was more tedious working in feature films. She played John Wayne's leading lady in the 1936 full-length motion picture Conflict and co-starred with Boris Karloff in the horror film Night Key the following year. During the 1940s, Rogers appeared solely in feature films, including The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1940) with Lloyd Nolan, Viva Cisco Kid (1940) with Cesar Romero as the Cisco Kid, Design for Scandal (1941) with Rosalind Russell and Walter Pidgeon, Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) with Red Skelton, A Stranger in Town (1943) with Frank Morgan, Backlash (1947), and Speed to Spare (1948) with Richard Arlen. Still, she was unhappy with the studios, possibly because she was relegated to films on a lower salary. She decided to freelance with companies such as 20th Century Fox and MGM. Her last appearance was in a supporting role in the suspense film The Second Woman, made in 1950 by United Artists.

Later life

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Rogers married Dan Winkler in 1943 after she was dropped by MGM. She continued freelancing until retiring in 1951. Because she starred mainly in low-budget films, she was never a top star. In a 1979 interview, she explained what it was like and why she decided not to play Dale Arden in the third Flash Gordon serial.

She died in Sherman Oaks in 1991 at the age of 74 following surgery.

Filmography

Actress
1950
The Second Woman as
Dodo Ferris
1948
Fighting Back as
June Sanders
1948
Speed to Spare as
Mary McGee
1947
Backlash as
Catherine Morland
1946
Hot Cargo as
Jerry Walters
1946
Gay Blades as
Nancy Davis
1945
The Strange Mr. Gregory as
Ellen Randall
1945
Rough, Tough and Ready as
Jo Matheson
1943
Whistling in Brooklyn as
Jean Pringle
1943
Swing Shift Maisie as
Iris Reed
1943
A Stranger in Town as
Lucy Gilbert
1942
Personalities (Short)(uncredited)
1942
The War Against Mrs. Hadley as
Patricia Hadley
1942
Pacific Rendezvous as
Elaine Carter
1942
Sunday Punch as
Judy Galestrum
1942
Dr. Kildare's Victory as
Annabelle Kirke
1941
Design for Scandal as
Dotty
1940
Let's Make Music as
Abby Adams
1940
Yesterday's Heroes as
Lee Kellogg
1940
Brigham Young as
Clara Young
1940
Viva Cisco Kid as
Joan Allen
1940
Charlie Chan in Panama as
Kathi Lenesch
1940
The Man Who Wouldn't Talk as
Alice Stetson
1939
Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence as
Anita Santos
1939
Stop, Look and Love as
Louise Haller
1939
Hotel for Women as
Nancy Prescott
1939
Inside Story as
June White
1938
While New York Sleeps as
Judy King
1938
Always in Trouble as
Virginia Darlington
1938
Time Out for Murder as
Helen Thomas
1938
Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars as
Dale Arden
1937
Reported Missing! as
Jean Clayton
1937
The Wildcatter as
Helen Conlon
1937
Night Key as
Joan Mallory
1937
Secret Agent X-9 as
Shara Graustark
1937
When Love Is Young as
Irene Henry
1936
Mysterious Crossing as
Yvonne Fontaine
1936
Conflict as
Maude Sangster
1936
Ace Drummond as
Peggy Trainor
1936
My Man Godfrey as
Socialite (uncredited)
1936
Crash Donovan as
Blonde (uncredited)
1936
Flash Gordon as
Dale Arden
1936
Don't Get Personal as
Blondy
1936
The Adventures of Frank Merriwell as
Elsie Belwood
1935
Fighting Youth as
Blonde Student
1935
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery as
Betty Lou Barnes
1935
Stormy as
Kerry Dorn
1935
His Night Out as
Information (uncredited)
1935
Lady Tubbs as
Debutante (uncredited)
1935
Manhattan Moon as
Joan
1934
Dames as
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
1934
Twenty Million Sweethearts as
Radio Fan (uncredited)
1934
Stand Up and Cheer! as
Dancer (uncredited)
1934
8 Girls in a Boat as
School Girl (uncredited)
1933
Footlight Parade as
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Soundtrack
1940
Let's Make Music (performer: "Central Park")
Self
1933
Hollywood on Parade No. A-9 (Short) as
Self (uncredited)
Archive Footage
2020
Cineficción Radio (Podcast Series) as
Dale Arden
- Amazing Stories (2020) - Dale Arden
2013
American Experience (TV Series documentary) as
Dale Arden
- War of the Worlds (2013) - Dale Arden
2011
These Amazing Shadows (Documentary) as
Dale Arden (clip from Flash Gordon (1936)) (uncredited)
1966
Deadly Ray from Mars (TV Movie) as
Dale Arden
1966
Spaceship to the Unknown (TV Movie) as
Dale Arden
1949
Squadron of Doom (TV Movie) as
Peggy Trainor
1938
Mars Attacks the World as
Dale Arden
1938
Rocket Ship as
Dale Arden

References

Jean Rogers Wikipedia