Oscar Actors: Arthur, Jean–The More the Merrier

At least three of Jean Arthur’s screen accomplishments should have been recognized by the Academy: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, opposite Gary Cooper; Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, as Jimmy Stewart’s secretary; and in George Stevens’s classic Western Shane, in which she co-starred with Alan Ladd, Van Heflin, and Jack Palance.

All three movies were nominated for Best Picture and most of Arthur’s costars earned acting nominations: Cooper in Deeds, Stewart and others in Smith, and Brandon De Wilde and Jack Palance in Shane.

Vastly underestimated, Jean Arthur was nominated only once, for George Stevens’ war comedy The More the Merrier.