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Marie Gelen Biography and Filmography
Marie Gelen
Birthday: December 25, 1908
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5' 3"
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Helen Twelvetrees was born Helen Marie Jurgens in Brooklyn, New York on December 25, 1908. Her interest in the theatricals was apparent at an early age. After graduating from high school. Helen embarked on a stage career. She participated in a number of plays in New York City, but gravitated toward film when she headed to the West Coast in late 1928. In 1929, Helen appeared in her first motion picture called THE GHOST TALKS. That was quickly followed by WORDS AND MUSIC and BLUE SKIES that same year. Through the early thirties, Helen appeared in a number of movies. Audiences appreciated the pixish, little blonde and the roles she played. Perhaps one of her finest roles was a June Perry in STATE'S ATTORNEY (1932) opposite John Barrymore. Helen's character was romantically involved with the district attorney and plays the part with absolute conviction. Helen continued a hectic filming pace until 1936. She filmed five movies in 1935, but played in only THOROUGHBRED in '36. In 1938, Helen went through a drought and made her last film the following year in UNMARRIED. Helen's film career had ended. Through the balance of her life there seemed to be a void. On February 13, 1958, died after she took an overdose of sedatives. She was 49.
Unmarried (1939)
Persons in Hiding (1939)
Hollywood Round-Up (1937)
Thoroughbred (1936)
Frisco Waterfront (1935)
The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)
She Gets Her Man (1935)
Times Square Lady (1935)
One Hour Late (1934)
[ Foby Wing ]
She Was a Lady (1934)
Now I'll Tell (1934)
[ Shirley Temple ]
All Men Are Enemies (1934)
A Bedtime Story (1933)
Broken Hearts (1933)
King for a Night (1933)
My Woman (1933)
Disgraced! (1933)
Unashamed (1932)
Is My Face Red? (1932)
State's Attorney (1932)
Young Bride (1932)
Panama Flo (1932)
Bad Company (1931)
A Woman of Experience (1931)
Millie (1931)
[ Joan Blondell ]
The Painted Desert (1931)
The Cat Creeps (1930)
Her Man (1930)
Swing High (1930)
The Grand Parade (1930)
Blue Skies (1929)
The Ghost Talks (1929)
Words and Music (1929)
  • Her cremated remains are buried in an unmarked grave in the Middletown Cemetery near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she died. Her husband, Conrad Payne was stationed at the former Olmsted AFB at the time of her death. The plot on which she is buried is titled in his name and is located in section "D" of the "new" section of the cemetery.
  • Her father, Williams Jurgens, was advertising manager for the Brooklyn edition of the New York Evening Journal.
  • Her career was born after noted artist George Bradshaw Crandall painted a portrait of her which made the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. She was a student at New York's Art Student League at the time studying music, painting and drama.
  • She met her first husband, Clark Twelvetrees, while both were enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. They eloped to Greenwich, Connecticut in 1927. They both worked in New York's theatre town -- she as an actress and he as a stage manager -- but he couldn't get his acting career going and turned to alcohol. They divorced in 1931 and he died seven years later of acute alcoholism following a street brawl.
  • Her first screen role required her to lisp and, following the movie's release, word spread that she had a serious speech impediment.
  • Played Blanche Du Bois in "A Streetcar Named Desire at Sea Cliff, Long Island in August of 1951. It was one of her last professional appearances.
  • First husband, Clark Twelvetrees was a despairing alcoholic who tried to commit suicide by throwing himself out a seventh floor window. He was saved by landing on a second floor awning. The tabloids accused Helen of deliberately pushing him out the window and was only released from custody after her husband regained consciousness and was able to tell the truth.
  • Second husband Frank Woody, by whom she had a child, Frank Woody Jr., also made the headlines in 1936 at Helen's expense. The couple were already estranged at the time. It seems Helen was dining with a male friend when her husband passed by and forced a fight with her male companion. The altercation left the other man with two black eyes and a front page news item.

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