Actress Gloria Jean Dies of Heart Failure and Pneumonia at Age 92

Updated On 05 Sep, 2018 Published On

Gloria Jean, the 30's and 40's singer and actress who starred as a teenager in 1941 film Never Give a Sucker an Even Break alongside W.C. Fields, has died at the age of 92, multiple sources have confirmed.

As for the cause of death, her biographers, Jan MacGillivray and Scott MacGillivray told The Hollywood Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter, Gloria died on Friday, August 31 of heart failure and pneumonia in Mountain View, Hawaii.

Born on April 14, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, Gloria moved to Scranton with her family when she was just 6 months old. She spent her childhood singing on the radio and in city vaudeville houses.

The lare actress rose to fame when she was cast as the lead in the 1939 Universal Pictures film, The Under-Pup; its world premiere was held at Scranton’s.

Jean co-starred with Bing Crosby in 1940 film If I Had My Way and with Mel Torme in 1944's Pardon My Rhythm.

The brunette beauty also appeared with Peggy Ryan and Donald O'Connor in a popular series of musical comedies like When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1942), What's Cookin' (1942), Get Hep to Love (1942), It Comes Up Love (1943) and Follow the Boys (1944).

Jean had appeared Olsen and Johnson in Ghost Catchers (1944) and alongside Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda in Copacabana (1947).

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Franco Cellini in 1962, and the former couple's son Angelo Cellini in 2017.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jennifer.

Rest In Peace Gloria!