- Bruce J. Evensen
Crain, Jeanne (25 May 1925–14 December 2003), actress, was born in the Mojave Desert town of Barstow, California, the daughter of George A. Crain, a high school English teacher, and Loretta Carr. Shortly after her birth the family relocated to Los Angeles, where her father became head of the English department at Inglewood High School. A sister, Rita, who served as a stand-in early in Jeanne's screen career, was born in 1927. Her parents, committed Catholics, encouraged their shy daughter in reading, the arts, and personal faith. “I was a very quiet, introspective child,” Crain recalled (Parish, p. 560). She attended St. Mary's Academy in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. Late in adolescence Crain dreamed of becoming a nun....