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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Jean Spangler

Throwback Thursday and Jean Spangler

Born in Seattle Washington on September 2, 1923, Jean Elizabeth Spangler was an American dancer and model who also appeared in film and television. Some of those films include: Miracle of the Bells (1948), When My baby Smiles at Me (1948), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), and others.  Spangler disappeared on October 7, 1949 and the case remains unsolved today.

She married Dexter Benner in 1942. They had a daughter but divorced in 1948 and became involved in a long custody battle, with Spangler eventually receiving custody in 1948. When Spangler disappeared she and her daughter (age 5) were living with her mother and sister-in-law in Los Angeles.

Spangler left home about 5:00 pm on October 7, 1949 saying she was going to going to work on a night shoot for a film. She was never seen again. Two days later her purse, with its straps broken, was found near Griffith Park. Inside was a note: “Can't wait any longer, Going to see Dr. Scott. It will work best this way while mother is away,". Investigation produced no results.

For several years, the Los Angeles Police Department continued to search and circulated Spangler’s picture. Despite many possible sightings over the years, Spangler has never been found and the case has never been closed.

The television program Mysteries and Scandals did an episode on Jean Spangler https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IREdeDeIT7o.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #191:
“The disappearance of  Jean Spangler remains unsolved.”

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Charles Baxter, Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

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