Jeanne Saint-Calbre, Former Actress and Talent Agent, Dies at 87

Courtesy of Don Spradlin
Jeanne Saint-Calbre

She worked at the Writers & Artists Agency after appearing on Broadway and television.

Jeanne Saint-Calbre, a former theatrical agent at Writers & Artists, has died. She was 87.

Saint-Calbre died Jan. 24 in Hossegor, France, according to Don Spradlin of Essential Talent Management.

At Writers & Artists (since acquired by Paradigm), Saint-Calbre represented actors including G.W. Bailey (The Closer), Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager), Michael Jeter (Evening Shade), Belita Moreno (George Lopez) and Perfect Strangers star Bronson Pinchot, who described her as "a mix between Snow White and Blanche DuBois."

Born Jeanne Elinor Smith in Memphis, Tenn., she spent her childhood in Jackson, Miss. and attended the University of Mississippi.

Billed as Jeanne Shelley, she played Johnnie Ree Peacock in the original 1956 Broadway production of the Eudora Welty comedy The Ponder Heart and appeared on a 1958 installment of CBS' General Electric Theater opposite Fred MacMurray.

She married Louis Saint-Calbre in France, returned to the U.S. after her husband’s death and retired in 1996.

Survivors include sons Louis and Sven and seven grandchildren.

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