Friday, May 23, 2008

Joel McCrea and Frances Dee

Joel McCrea was an actor whose movie career started in the 1930s. He may be best remembered for his roles in two features, Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940) and Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" (1942), though he made many movies right into the mid 1970s, mostly westerns for which he also attained popularity.

Frances Dee was an actress whose career also started in the 1930s. While she appeared in many movies right into the 1950s, I remember her for her role in Val Lewton's "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943).

Mr. McCrea and Miss Dee met on a movie set, and shortly after, were married, in 1933.

For many years, they lived on a ranch in Camarillo, California, and it was there that I sent them photos. This was in 1980. Both signed with only their names. Mr. McCrea's photo can be seen here, and Ms. Dee's photo can be seen here.

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