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Also Known As: Jeanne Kelly Died:
Born: December 23, 1916 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Oscar-winning visual effects expert Eric Brevig is a key figure in the resurgence of 3D photography. While attending the prestigious filmmaking school at UCLA in the late 1970s and early '80s, Brevig developed a fascination with the then-unfashionable 3D process. One of his first industry jobs upon graduation was supervising the 3D special effects on the Michael Jackson-starring "Captain EO" multimedia experience for the Walt Disney theme parks in 1986. Breaking into the industry with work on smaller films like the surprise hit vampire drama "The Lost Boys" and the campy cult favorite "Earth Girls Are Easy," Brevig went to the big leagues when he worked on James Cameron's 1989 underwater thriller "The Abyss." From there, he moved from blockbuster to blockbuster, including the science fiction smash "Total Recall" (for which he shared a Special Achievement Oscar for visual effects), Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan fantasy "Hook," the Will Smith vehicles "Men In Black" and "Wild Wild West" and Michael Bay's epic "Pearl Harbor"; on several of these films he also served as second unit director. Brevig made his move to feature film director with 2008's "Journey to The Center of the Earth," among the first...

Oscar-winning visual effects expert Eric Brevig is a key figure in the resurgence of 3D photography. While attending the prestigious filmmaking school at UCLA in the late 1970s and early '80s, Brevig developed a fascination with the then-unfashionable 3D process. One of his first industry jobs upon graduation was supervising the 3D special effects on the Michael Jackson-starring "Captain EO" multimedia experience for the Walt Disney theme parks in 1986. Breaking into the industry with work on smaller films like the surprise hit vampire drama "The Lost Boys" and the campy cult favorite "Earth Girls Are Easy," Brevig went to the big leagues when he worked on James Cameron's 1989 underwater thriller "The Abyss." From there, he moved from blockbuster to blockbuster, including the science fiction smash "Total Recall" (for which he shared a Special Achievement Oscar for visual effects), Steven Spielberg's Peter Pan fantasy "Hook," the Will Smith vehicles "Men In Black" and "Wild Wild West" and Michael Bay's epic "Pearl Harbor"; on several of these films he also served as second unit director. Brevig made his move to feature film director with 2008's "Journey to The Center of the Earth," among the first digital 3D features. He followed that with the 2010 family comedy "Yogi Bear."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Curfew (1989) Megan
2.
 Women in the Night (1948) Maya
3.
 The Falcon's Alibi (1946) Baroness
4.
 The Bamboo Blonde (1946) Marsha
5.
 Two O'Clock Courage (1945) Barbara Borden
6.
 The Falcon in Hollywood (1944) Roxanna
7.
 Youth Runs Wild (1944) Mary Coates
8.
 A Night of Adventure (1944) Julie Arden
9.
 The Falcon Strikes Back (1943) Spanish girl
10.
 The Seventh Victim (1943) Jacqueline Gibson
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Born Ruby M. Kelly in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1915 (incorrectly stated as 1916) and died November 25, 1963 in San Francisco from complications of alcoholism. Jean initially adopted the stage name Jeanne Kelly starting as a singer at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Her film career started modestly, working in small bit rolls at Paramount and Universal from 1935 until 1941. She married writer and film director Richard Brooks and continued working bit parts under the name Jean Brooks. In 1943 she was signed to RKO where she achieved her greatest success, although modest and short lived. Initially Brooks was kept busy at RKO, starring in many of The Falcon films with Tom Conway, and three Val Lewton produced films; The Leopard Man, The Seventh Victim, and Youth Runs Wilds. Sadly, only two years later her marriage to Richard Brooks ended in 1944 and it was rumored that she was drinking heavily. By 1946 her parts at RKO were smaller and smaller, and she was critcized for gaining weight. Reportedly she tore up her contract before RKO could fire her and she never made another movie again. In the mid 1950s she married Thomas H. Leddy of San Francisco and she worked there on a newspaper until her death from "nutritional inadequacy" and Cirrhosis of the liver in 1963 at age 48. She was buried at sea as reported by a Costa Rican newspaper. No mention of her death was published in any Hollywood trade papers. She died in obscurity.

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