Jean Kent (Joan Mildred Summerfield)

Jean Kent

Born Joan Mildred Summerfield in Brixton, London, the only child of variety performers Norman Field (né Summerfield) and Nina Norre, Jean Kent started her theatrical career in 1931 as a dancer. She used the stage name Jean Carr when she appeared as a chorus girl in the Windmill Theatre in London. She signed to Gainsborough Pictures during the Second World War. The turning point in her career came when she was given a dramatic part in 1945 film Fanny by Gaslight. She appeared in several British films during the 1940s and 1950s before turning to television probably best remembered for her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the TV historical adventure series Sir Francis Drake (TV series) filmed in 1961-62. Jean Kent was married to Austrian actor Josef Ramart from 1946 until his death in 1989. They met on the set of Caravan. Actor Stewart Granger was the best man at their wedding. They appeared together in the films Caravan and Trottie True. She was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1974 when she was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at the Strand Theatre. Jean Kent died in the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds on 30 November 2013, following a fall at her home in Westhorpe. The coroner recorded a narrative verdict that Jean Kent died from accidental injuries and that cardiac disease may have contributed to a fall.

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Born

  • June, 29, 1921
  • United Kingdom
  • Brixton, London, England

Died

  • November, 30, 2013
  • United Kingdom
  • Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England

Cause of Death

  • accidental injuries

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