She is a bold, courageous, and persistent magician. She won’t give up her skills to anyone just because she is a woman.
She has the same chance as any man of succeeding in this profession. Watch as Houdini performs her tricks for you today.
Though there is no true proof of her having done trickery before, Houdini shows she has talent and a true love for magic.
In the film industry, there are countless women who jump into the business as magicians, either as husbands or as girlfriends of one of the more successful magicians.
The first notable female magician in Hollywood was probably Alice Cooper’s wife Jeannie Tremaine, although Marilyn Monroe’s career in magic dates back to a time before she was famous.
It’s hard to say that any given woman magician who worked in Hollywood was doing so because she wanted to be a magician instead of just being that type of person.
female magician in hollywood movies :
1. Jeannie Tremaine :
Jeannie was born in Los Angeles, California on May 1, 1910. She met and married magician Harry Houdini when she was 20 years old.
She was fascinated by his magic tricks, and the two began an affair which lasted almost 10 years.
They left together for Seattle, Washington in 1926 where Jeannie joined Harry’s show as a female assistant (the two had been married for almost 6 years at that point).
When Harry decided to get out of the business and retire, he asked Jeannie to help him with his book, instead of giving her custody of their only child named Beatrice.
After they both died, Jeannie was left with a lot of debts that she had no chance of paying off. She died in 1973.
2. Maria Montez :
Maria Montez was born in 1879 and died in 1942. As a young woman, Maria moved to New York with her husband who was touring as a magician.
She did not have any magic tricks of her own, but she gradually became an expert in sleight of hand and illusions for making a living for herself and her family.
She eventually met and began working with Harry Houdini. They performed together, and stayed friends until his death during World War II, when he took over his show himself for a time. She died in an apparent suicide in 1942.
3. Jean Harlow :
In Hollywood’s golden age, almost every actress had a few tricks up her sleeve that we didn’t know about until the film was over – and sometimes, we still don’t.
Jean Harlow had quite a few tricks up her sleeves, including some serious magic as well as some side-jobs like manicurist and model.
In one of her most famous roles, she played a magician’s assistant in 1932’s Blonde Venus – which also featured Clark Gable and William Powell!
Yes, this was deeper into Clark Gable’s filmography than it sounds. Jean Harlow was married to magician Eric Hall at the time of filming Blonde Venus.
4. Marilyn Monroe :
Marilyn Monroe was born in 1926, and her father owned a magic shop, so she grew up with an interest in magic.
Later in life, she claimed magicians like Houdini and “The Great” Henry Aronson as inspirations for her career as a model, actress and singer.
She also inspired another magician’s daughter – Natalie Wood – who also had an interest in magic tricks and comedy as a young teenager.
5. Patricia Neal :
Patricia Neal was born on October 4th, 1931, in Portland Oregon and died on April 14th 1973 from uterine cancer at the age of 48.
In 1957, she was offered the lead role in The Haunting and became immortalized as a horror movie legend. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1962 and received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1963 for her performance.
However, her career suffered after making the movie, and she has not received much recognition since.
6. Alice Cooper :
Alice Cooper was born Vincent Furnier on December 5th 1944. He is best known for his music career involving bands such as Alice Cooper, The Nazz (previously named “The New York Dolls”), and Hollywood Vampires (featuring Johnny Depp). He has become a popular musician, actor, and author since his musical career began in the 1960’s.
7. Crystal Eastman :
Born in 1881, Crystal Eastman was an American lawyer, political activist, and writer. She married prominent lawyer Max Eastman and the couple worked together on suffrage and socialist issues.
She is perhaps best known for her writings “Women Can’t Win” (1925) and “The Sex Side of Life” (1928). In the 1930’s she became a member of the Communist Party USA, where she remained until her death in 1928 from lobar pneumonia at age 46.