Jones was nominated
for 1944's Best Supporting Actress in Since You Went Away the year after winning the Best Actress Award for The Song of Bernadette.
portrayed the wife of her real-life husband Robert Walker
in Since You Went Away, although they were divorced by the time
she received the Oscar nomination. She would go on to marry her mentor
David O. Selznick (pictured with her after winning her Oscar) in 1949,
union that lasted until his death in 1965. She received three additional
Best Actress nominations, for Love Letters (1945), Duel in the Sun (1946), and Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955).
Jones made her final appearance in The Towering Inferno (1974), although
attempted a comeback in the early eighties by buying the film rights
to the novel Terms of Endearment and hiring James L. Brooks to
direct and write the screenplay. Brooks ultimately convinced her
to back out of the role and cast Shirley MacLaine in her place.
Jones received a Special Thanks credit in the final film, for which both
Brooks and MacLaine won Oscars.
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