- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2009

Jennifer Jones, an Oscar-winning Hollywood leading lady in the 1940s and 1950s, died of natural causes at her home in Malibu, Calif., a spokeswoman said Thursday. She was 90.

Miss Jones, who won the best-actress Oscar in 1943 for her role in “The Song of Bernadette,” was hailed by critics and public alike for her roles alongside Hollywood heavyweights such as Gregory Peck, Humphrey Bogart, Rock Hudson and Laurence Olivier.

She was married three times, including to “Gone With the Wind” director David O. Selznick and to industrialist Norton Simon, whose art collection on his death in 1993 went to found the art museum in Pasadena, Calif., that bears his name.

Norton Simon Museum of Art spokeswoman Leslie Denk confirmed Miss Jones’ death to the Los Angeles Times.

Born Phyllis Lee Isley in 1919 in Tulsa, Okla., Miss Jones is best-remembered for “A Farewell to Arms” (1957) as well as the film for which she won the Academy Award and four other Oscar-nominated roles, in “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” (1955); “Duel in the Sun” (1946); “Love Letters” (1945) and “Since You Went Away” (1944).

Her last movie appearance was in 1974’s “The Towering Inferno.”

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