- ° 11 augustus 1915
- ∧ Deer Lodge, Powell County, Montana, USA
Jean Parker, born Lois Mae Green was born of Louis Green, a well-known gunsmith and hunter, and Melvina Burch, one of eighteen children of a pioneer family that came to Deer Lodge from the Missouri area. Jean's maternal grandfater was a presbyterian minister. Jean lived with both her mother and father, the latter of whom in her early years was head chef at the landmark Green Hotel in Pasadena, California. Before being discovered by Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer's personal assistant, Jean was an accomplished gymnast, and was adopted by the Spickard family of Pasadena during her formative years when both her father and mother were unemployed during the Great Depression. Jean had entered a poster painting contest and won for portraying Father Time. She made several important films in her career, including the Ghost Goes West with Robert Donat; Sequoia, with Russell Hardie; Little Women, with Joan Bennett and Katharine Hepburn; Operator 13, with Marion Davies and many other fine films. After several successful trips cross country entertaining injured servicemen during World War II, she lost her successful flying service, co-owned with Doug Dawson in Palm Springs, and moved on to New York to star in the play Loco. She also starred on Broadway with Bert Lahr in Born Yesterday, briefly filling for Judy Holliday. Her husband, actor Robert Lowery, played opposite her as Brock in the play for a short stint. Jean is now 85, and lives at the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, CA. She has one son, Robert, an executive with the City of Los Angeles who makes his home in Redondo Beach, CA; and two grandchildren, twin girls.