Jean Rouverol, a screenwriter who was blacklisted by Sen. Joseph McCarthy and fled to Mexico with her husband, died Friday at the age of 100, according to a funeral notice posted by her family.
Rouverol Butler’s introduction to showbiz came at an early age. Her mother, playwright Aurania (Ellerbeck) Rouverol, was the creator Andy Hardy and many films for MGM. At 17, the young Rouverol was discovered in true Hollywood style while in a high school production. Her first professional acting role was as W.C. Fields’ daughter in “It’s a Gift” (1934), and she went on to appear in 11 other films.