Jean Peters (1926-2000) left her home in Canton, Ohio to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. Her first film, CAPTAIN OF CASTILE (1947), with Tyrone Power was a hit, and afterwards Peters spent the new decade playing sexy spitfires, often in period dramas and Westerns (such as VIVA ZAPATA with Marlon Brando). Director Samuel Fuller chose Peters over Marilyn Monroe for the part of Candy in 1953's noir gem PICKUP OF SOUTH STREET. Peters and Monroe starred together in another 1953 film noir, NIAGRA. In 1957, after her divorce from her first husband, Texas oilman Stuart Cramer, Peters married Howard Hughes. They divorced in 1971.