Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jeanette Loff's Story

Jeanette Loff was a beautiful blonde with a soprano voice who almost became a Hollywood superstar. She was born Jeanette Clarinda Loff on October 9, 1906 in Orofino, Idaho. Her father Maurice was a violinist and her mother Inga was a housewife. She had three sisters and a brother. When Jeanette was an infant her family moved to Canada. A few years later they moved to Minnesota. Jeanette loved to sing at the age of sixteen she had a starring role in the operetta Treasure Hunters. In 1933 she moved with her family to Oregon. Jeanette studied music at the Ellison and White Conservatory and got a job playing the organ. On October 8, 1926 she married Harry K. Rosebloom, a jewelry salesman.

While on vacation in California Jeanette made a screen test and landed a bit role in the film Young April. For a brief time she used the stage name "Jan Lov".Cecil B. Demille offered her a contract and she quickly became one of Hollywood busiest starlets. In 1928 she had featured roles in Annapolis, Love Over Night, and Hold 'Em Yale. After her parents divorced Jeanette's mother and sisters came to live with her in California. She divorced her husband Harry in 1929. Jeanette claimed that he got jealous when he saw her onscreen. In 1930 she was engaged to song writer Walter O'Keefe but they broke up over their religious differences.

 She also had love affairs with producer Paul Bern and actor Gilbert Roland. Jeanette was becoming a popular leading lady and she got the chance to show off her soprano voice in films like King Of Jazz and Party Girl. By 1931 she had grown tired of playing ingenues and decided to take a break from making movies. She moved to New York city where she starred in several successful Broadway shows. Jeanette also performed with Buddy Rogers in vaudeville. She returned to Hollywood and tried to make a comeback with the 1934 drama St. Louis Woman. The movie wasn't a hit and her career stalled. Her final film was the comedy Million Dollar Baby.

She retired from acting and married liquor salesman Bert E. Friedlob in 1936. The couple had a tumultuous relationship and broke up several times. Jeanette began suffering from a stomach ailment and was often ill. Despite her problems she told friends that she was happy and didn't miss being an actress. On August 4, 1942 Jeanette died from ammonia poisoning. Three days earlier she had swallowed a bottle ammonia at her home. It is unclear whether her death was an accident or a suicide. Jeanette was only thirty-five years old. She was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. Jeanette was a lovely and talented actress but her career and life were cut tragically short.

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