When Jennifer Jones arrived in Hollywood in 1939, she still called herself Phylis Isley. Her face and especially her eyes drew the attention of the producer David O. Selznick, who did not only allow her a great career but also fell in love with her and finally married Jennifer Jones in 1949. For her role in The Song of Bernadette (1943), she won an Oscar as best actress. Between the years 1946 and 1948, she consolidated her fame as either the innocent adolescent or the passionate lover: e.g. in Cluny Brown (1946), Duel in the Sun (1946) or Portrait of Jennie (1948). Was represented by the John Robert Powers agency, when she was a fashion model, in the 1930s.Mother of Robert Walker Jr. and Michael Walker.Her daughter with David O. Selznick, Mary Jennifer Selznick, killed herself on May 11, 1976, only two days after Mother's Day.Turned 25 years old on the day that she won the Oscar for The Song of Bernadette (1943).Attended Northwestern University.She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Tau chapter (Northwestern) in 1937.In 1981, she bought the rights to Larry McMurtry's novel, "Terms of Endearment", with the intention of starring in the film but director James Brooks told her that she was too old for the part. The role eventually went to Shirley MacLaine, who won an Oscar.Chairman of the Norton Simon Museum.In 1980 she donated $1 million to establish the Jennifer Jones Simon Foundation for Mental Health and EducationOnce had an interest in returning to the screen to play convicted murderess Jean Harris but abandoned the project when Ellen Burstyn appeared in a successful televised movie.On November 9, 1967, she checked into a Malibu motel and took an overdose of sleeping pills. She was found unconscious on the beach and rushed to a nearby hospital and eventually recovered.She is a breast cancer survivor.Daughter Mary Jennifer Selznick was born Aug 12, 1954 and committed suicide on May 11, 1976.Was a good friend of Peggy Knudsen.In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi, except Beat the Devil (1953) where she was dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta.Her first Oscar nomination for The Song of Bernadette (1943) marks her first of 4 consecutive nominations, a feat she shares with Thelma Ritter (1950-1953), Marlon Brando (1951-1954) Elizabeth Taylor (1957-1960) and Al Pacino (1972-1975). (Pacino and Brando's 4 consecutive nominations are the record for male actors. The female record is 5 in a row by Bette Davis (1938-1942) and Greer Garson (1941-1945).).Son Michael Walker born on March 13, 1941, died December 23, 2007.Son Robert Walker Jr. born on April 15, 1940.Is one of 15 actresses who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a nun. The others, in chronological order, are: Gladys Cooper for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Ingrid Bergman for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Loretta Young and Celeste Holm for Come to the Stable (1949); Deborah Kerr for Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957); Audrey Hepburn for The Nun's Story (1959); Lilia Skala for Lilies of the Field (1963); Julie Andrews and Peggy Wood for The Sound of Music (1965); Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly for Agnes of God (1985), Susan Sarandon for Dead Man Walking (1995); Meryl Streep and Amy Adams for Doubt (2008/I).Stepmother of L. Jeffrey Selznick and Daniel Selznick.The late actress Susan Strasberg, a fellow breast cancer victim who died of the disease in 1999, was married, at one time, to actor Christopher Jones and named their daughter Jennifer Robin Jones, in the actress's honor.She met her third husband Norton Simon when he tried to buy the portrait of Jones used in her film Portrait of Jennie (1948). Her romance with the multimillionaire philanthropist and art collector started at a party hosted by fellow collector Walter Annenberg.After she reportedly tried to commit suicide and was hospitalized, and was temporarily in a coma after being found at the foot of a 400-foot cliff in Malibu, she got strongly involved in mental health issues.Daughter Mary Jennifer Selznick, who was prone to emotional breakdowns and had difficulty accepting her father's death back in 1965, plunged to her death from the 22nd floor of a hotel in west Los Angeles in 1976 while Jennifer was back in Tulsa, Oklahoma visiting her dying father. An autopsy showed traces of morphine, barbiturates and alcohol in her system. The death was ruled a suicide.It was Jennifer, who was fascinated by Eastern philosophy, who persuaded husband Norton Simon to take his first trip to India. Simon became captivated by the art of regions he had hardly considered and later became a major force in the Indian and Southeast Asian art market.A longtime yoga practitioner.Studied at Northwestern University before focusing on acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, where she met her first husband Robert Walker.Was the daughter of the owners and stars of Isley Stock Col, a tent show that toured the Midwest. Became interested in acting while young and appeared in her parent's shows.Was named president of the Norton Simon Museum when Simon became incapacitated by Guillain-Barre syndrome. She was given emeritus status in 2003.Had 7 grandchildren, all from her son Robert Walker Jr..Served as matron of honor at the wedding of Lauren Bacall to Jason Robards in Mexico on July 4, 1961.She was considered for the lead role in the movie The Country Girl, but had to bow out when she became pregnant.Outlived all three of her husbands, and two of her children.