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Jane Wyman was an American singer and actress

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BirthdayJanuary 5, 1917
Died onSeptember 10, 2007
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Singers
City/StateMissouri
SpousesRonald Reagan
Known asSarah Jane Mayfield
Childrens Christine Reagan, Maureen Reagan, Michael Reagan (adopted)
Birth PlaceSaint Joseph, Missouri, United States
GenderFemale
FatherManning Jefferies Mayfield
MotherGladys Hope Christian
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inSaint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Famous asActress, Singer
Died at Age90

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Who is Jane Wyman?

Sarah Wyman was an American singer and actress. She had a long a distinguished career in Hollywood that spanned almost seven decades. She started her career as a singer on radio with the name Jane Durrell. Then she started appearing in small roles in films where she called herself Sarah Jane Fulks. After that she signed a contract with ‘Warner Brothers’ and acted in both ‘A’ and ‘B’ grade movies under the name Jane Wyman. She won four Oscar nominations for the ‘Best Actress’. She had bitter a childhood and her mother had to look after her ailing father. Her father died when she was four-year-old and she had to accompany her mother to Los Angeles in search of a job. Sarah tried to get a job in the studios there but nobody gave any wok to the snub-nosed girl and she had to return to St. Joseph. She was ultimately adopted by the Fulks couple and got a home where she could live in peace. According to an interview she survived four different cycles in pictures which were ‘the brassy blonde’, ‘the musicals’, ‘the high dramas’ and then the ‘inauguration of television’ and was able to survive the town which was notorious for exploiting talent and discarding it.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield in St. Joseph, Missouri, on January 5, 1917. Her father was Manning Jefferies Mayfield and her mother was Gladys Hope Christian, a doctor’s stenographer and office assistant.

Her parents divorced in 1921 and her father died the next year after which her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in search of work.

Sarah Jane was adopted by Richard and Emma Fulks at the age of five and assumed the name Sarah Jane Fulks.

She attended the ‘Lafayette High School’ in St. Joseph, Missouri but dropped out in 1932 when she was only 15.

Career

Jane Wyman worked as a manicurist and switchboard operator before singing for the radio under the name Jane Durrell.

She started her acting career by doing bit parts in films starting with ‘The Kid From Spain’ in 1932, ‘King of Burlesque’ in 1935, ‘My Man Godfrey’ and ‘Cain and Mabel’ in 1936.

She signed a contract with ‘Warner Bros’ in 1936.

She acted in ‘Gold Diggers’ in 1937 and starred in ‘Public Wedding’ in 1937 opposite William Hopper. During this period she changed her name from Durrell to Wyman.

She appeared in film ‘Brother Rat’ in 1938 and its sequel ‘Brother Rat and a Baby’ in 1940 opposite Ronald Reagan whom she married later.

In 1941 she became famous for her 3-minute 5-second kissing scene in ‘You’re in the Army Now’. She acted opposite Dennis Morgan in ‘Bad Men of Missouri’ in the same year.

Billy Wilder’s drama film ‘Lost Weekend’ gave her a big break in 1945 when she played the role of the fiancée of an alcoholic writer ‘Ray-Milland’.

She played the role of ‘Ma Baxter’ in ‘The Yearling’ in 1946 opposite Gregory Peck and won an Oscar nomination.

She played the role of ‘Belinda MacDonald’, a deaf-mute rape victim in ‘Johnny Belinda’ in 1948 and won an Oscar without speaking a word in the era of talkies.

In 1951 she starred in her favorite film ‘The Blue Veil’ opposite Charles Laughton for which she received another Oscar nomination.

She starred in many more films such as Frank Capra’s ‘Here Comes the Groom’ in 1951, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Stage Fright’ in 1950, Michael Curtiz’s ‘The Story of Will Rogers’ in 1952, ‘The Glass Menagerie’ in 1950, opposite Bing Crosby in ‘Just for You’ in 1952 and ‘Let’s Do It Again’ in 1953.

She also starred in ‘So Big’ in 1953, ‘Magnificent Obsession’ opposite Rock Hudson in 1954 which won her another Oscar nomination, ‘All That Heaven Allows’ and ‘Lucy Gallant’ in 1955, ‘Miracle in the Rain’ in 1956, ‘Polyanna’ in 1960, ‘Holiday for Lovers’ in 1959 and ‘Bon Voyage’ in 1962.

During the period 1955-1958 Jane moved to the television and hosted, co-produced and starred in the shows ‘Jane Wyman Presents Fireside Theater’ and ‘Jane Wyman Theater’.

Her last feature film was ‘How to Commit Marriage’ in 1969 opposite Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason.

From 1981 to 1990 she starred in the TV series ‘Falcon Crest’ in the role of ‘Angela Charming’ which lasted nine seasons. She also acted in many TV movies.

She made a guest appearance in ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ in 1993.

After ‘Falcon Crest’ ended, Jane withdrew from public life and gave very few interviews.

Awards & Achievements

Jane Wyman was nominated for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress Award’ in 1947 for ‘The Yearling’.

In 1949 she won the ‘Oscar for the Best Actress’ and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress’ for ‘Johnny Belinda’.

In 1951 she won the ‘Golden Globe’ as the ‘World Film Favorite Female Actress’.

In 1952 she won the ‘Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama’ and an ‘Oscar nomination for Best Actress’ for ‘Blue Veil’ made in 1951.

In 1955 she won a nomination for the ‘Oscar for Best Actress’ for ‘Magnificent Obsession’ made in 1954.

In 1957 she was nominated for the ‘Emmy for Best Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Series’ for ‘Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater’.

In 1983 she was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama’ for ‘Falcon Crest’.

In 1984 she won the ‘Golden globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama’ for ‘Falcon Crest’.

Personal Life & Legacy

She married Myron Futterman, a wealthy children’s clothes manufacturer, on June 29, 1937 in New Orleans, and divorced him on November 1, 1938.

She married Ronald Reagan, a co-actor at Warner Brothers, on January 26, 1940 and divorced him on June 28, 1948.

She had a daughter, Maureen, born on January 4, 1941 but died of cancer on August 8, 2001.

She and Ronald adopted a three-day old boy named Michael on March 21, 1945.

Her second daughter Christine, born prematurely on June 26, 1947, passed away nine hours later.

She married Fred Karger, a studio music director, on November 1, 1952 and divorced him on December 7, 1954. She re-married him on March 11, 1961 and divorced him again on March 9, 1965. She remained single thereafter.

Jane Wyman died on September 10, 2007 at her home in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California at the age of 90 due to diabetes and arthritis complications.

Humanitarian Work

Jane Wyman presented the ‘Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award’ annually on behalf of the ‘Arthritis Foundation’. She donated generously to the ‘Sacred Heart Church’ in Palm Desert and the ‘Arthritis Foundation’. She also supported the ‘Covenant House’ and ‘Our Lady of Angels Monastery’ financially.

Trivia

She was the only wife of an American President to have received an ‘Oscar for Best Actress’.

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Jane Wyman awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

1949Best Actress in a Leading RoleJohnny Belinda (1948)

Golden Globe Awards

1984Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaFalcon Crest (1981)
1952Best Actress - DramaThe Blue Veil (1951)
1951World Film Favorite - FemaleWinner
1949Best ActressJohnny Belinda (1948)

Jane Wyman biography timelines

  • // 5th Jan 1917
    Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield in St. Joseph, Missouri, on January 5, 1917. Her father was Manning Jefferies Mayfield and her mother was Gladys Hope Christian, a doctor’s stenographer and office assistant.
  • // 1921
    Her parents divorced in 1921 and her father died the next year after which her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in search of work.
  • // 1932
    She attended the ‘Lafayette High School’ in St. Joseph, Missouri but dropped out in 1932 when she was only 15.
  • // 1936
    She signed a contract with ‘Warner Bros’ in 1936.
  • // 1937
    She acted in ‘Gold Diggers’ in 1937 and starred in ‘Public Wedding’ in 1937 opposite William Hopper. During this period she changed her name from Durrell to Wyman.
  • // 29th Jun 1937 To 1st Nov 1938
    She married Myron Futterman, a wealthy children’s clothes manufacturer, on June 29, 1937 in New Orleans, and divorced him on November 1, 1938.
  • // 1938 To 1940
    She appeared in film ‘Brother Rat’ in 1938 and its sequel ‘Brother Rat and a Baby’ in 1940 opposite Ronald Reagan whom she married later.
  • // 26th Jan 1940 To 28th Jun 1948
    She married Ronald Reagan, a co-actor at Warner Brothers, on January 26, 1940 and divorced him on June 28, 1948.
  • // 1941
    In 1941 she became famous for her 3-minute 5-second kissing scene in ‘You’re in the Army Now’. She acted opposite Dennis Morgan in ‘Bad Men of Missouri’ in the same year.
  • // 4th Jan 1941 To 8th Aug 2001
    She had a daughter, Maureen, born on January 4, 1941 but died of cancer on August 8, 2001.
  • // 1945
    Billy Wilder’s drama film ‘Lost Weekend’ gave her a big break in 1945 when she played the role of the fiancée of an alcoholic writer ‘Ray-Milland’.
  • // 21st Mar 1945
    She and Ronald adopted a three-day old boy named Michael on March 21, 1945.
  • // 1946
    She played the role of ‘Ma Baxter’ in ‘The Yearling’ in 1946 opposite Gregory Peck and won an Oscar nomination.
  • // 1947
    Jane Wyman was nominated for ‘Academy Award for Best Actress Award’ in 1947 for ‘The Yearling’.
  • // 26th Jun 1947
    Her second daughter Christine, born prematurely on June 26, 1947, passed away nine hours later.
  • // 1948
    She played the role of ‘Belinda MacDonald’, a deaf-mute rape victim in ‘Johnny Belinda’ in 1948 and won an Oscar without speaking a word in the era of talkies.
  • // 1949
    In 1949 she won the ‘Oscar for the Best Actress’ and the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress’ for ‘Johnny Belinda’.
  • // 1951
    In 1951 she starred in her favorite film ‘The Blue Veil’ opposite Charles Laughton for which she received another Oscar nomination.
  • // 1951
    In 1951 she won the ‘Golden Globe’ as the ‘World Film Favorite Female Actress’.
  • // 1951 To 1952
    In 1952 she won the ‘Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama’ and an ‘Oscar nomination for Best Actress’ for ‘Blue Veil’ made in 1951.
  • // 1954 To 1955
    In 1955 she won a nomination for the ‘Oscar for Best Actress’ for ‘Magnificent Obsession’ made in 1954.
  • // 1955 To 1958
    During the period 1955-1958 Jane moved to the television and hosted, co-produced and starred in the shows ‘Jane Wyman Presents Fireside Theater’ and ‘Jane Wyman Theater’.
  • // 1957
    In 1957 she was nominated for the ‘Emmy for Best Continuing Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Series’ for ‘Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theater’.
  • // 1969
    Her last feature film was ‘How to Commit Marriage’ in 1969 opposite Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason.
  • // 1981 To 1990
    From 1981 to 1990 she starred in the TV series ‘Falcon Crest’ in the role of ‘Angela Charming’ which lasted nine seasons. She also acted in many TV movies.
  • // 1983
    In 1983 she was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama’ for ‘Falcon Crest’.
  • // 1984
    In 1984 she won the ‘Golden globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series – Drama’ for ‘Falcon Crest’.
  • // 1993
    She made a guest appearance in ‘Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman’ in 1993.
  • // 10th Sep 2007
    Jane Wyman died on September 10, 2007 at her home in Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, California at the age of 90 due to diabetes and arthritis complications.

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Jane Wyman's FAQ

  • What is Jane Wyman birthday?

    Jane Wyman was born at 1917-01-05

  • When was Jane Wyman died?

    Jane Wyman was died at 2007-09-10

  • Where was Jane Wyman died?

    Jane Wyman was died in Rancho Mirage, California, United States

  • Which age was Jane Wyman died?

    Jane Wyman was died at age 90

  • Where is Jane Wyman's birth place?

    Jane Wyman was born in Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States

  • What is Jane Wyman nationalities?

    Jane Wyman's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jane Wyman spouses?

    Jane Wyman's spouses is Ronald Reagan

  • Who is Jane Wyman childrens?

    Jane Wyman's childrens is Christine Reagan, Maureen Reagan, Michael Reagan (adopted)

  • Who is Jane Wyman's father?

    Jane Wyman's father is Manning Jefferies Mayfield

  • Who is Jane Wyman's mother?

    Jane Wyman's mother is Gladys Hope Christian

  • What is Jane Wyman's sun sign?

    Jane Wyman is Capricorn

  • How famous is Jane Wyman?

    Jane Wyman is famouse as Actress, Singer