“…and I cayn’t stand’im.”
Who can forget the whiny tones of silent screen star ‘Lina Lamont’ in Singin’ in the Rain. Brought to life by Jean Hagen who fully deserved her Oscar nomination.
Lina was perfect on screen – as long as she didn’t talk!
I always liked her line –
”I make more money than – than – Calvin Coolidge – put together!”
In an excellent current touring production of the show in the U.K., that line has been changed to;
I make more money than the Warner Brothers – and Sisters!”
Love Douglas Fowley in his vain attempts to get Lina to talk into the microphone.
Jean Hagen (1923-1977) was born Jean Verhagen in Chicago. After experience in radio and the stage, her first film was “Adam’s Rib” in 1949, followed by “The Asphalt Jungle” in 1950, in which she played the sympathetic girlfriend of Sterling Hayden.
She also played James Stewart’s wife in “Carbine Williams”, a Stewart film hardly ever seen.
Presumably with no good film roles on the horizon, Jean spent the next few years on TV, as the wife of Danny Thomas in “Make a room For Daddy.”
Jean’s health declined in the 1960s and her career never reached that peak again of playing Lina Lamont.
But she will be forever remembered as Miss Lamont, who was the triple threat -couldn’t act, sing or dance!