Jean Rogers (March 25, 1916 - February 24, 1991) was an American actress. She is best remembered today as Dale Arden in two of the three Flash Gordon serials.
Jean Rogers was born Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her father, Elinor Lövgren, was an immigrant from Malmo, Sweden. Originally, she had hoped to study art. However, as a teenager in 1933, she won a local beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures, which helped launch a career in Hollywood. Rogers starred in a number of serials for Universal from 1935 to 1938, including Ace Drummond and Flash Gordon.
Rogers got her biggest assignment when she played the role of Dale Arden in the first two Flash Gordon serials between 1936 and 1939. Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers were perfectly cast as hero and heroine in the first serial (Flash Gordon), and Rogers' fragile beauty, long blonde hair, and revealing costume endeared her to thousands of moviegoers during the late 1930s. She was lusted after by "Ming the Merciless" (Charles B. Middleton) and most of the male audience as Flash Gordon rescued her from one life-threatening situation after another in the serial. In the first serial, Dale competed with Princess