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Jane Wyman

Mostly Credited As: Jane Wyman
Sometimes Credited As: Sarah Jane Fulks
Miss Jane Wyman

Birth Name: Sarah Jane Mayfield
Date Of Birth: January 05, 1917 (Age 90)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: St. Joseph, Missouri
Date Of Death: September 10, 2007
Cause Of Death: complications from arthritis and diabetes (Palm Sp
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Jane Wyman


Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress Jane Wyman was born on January 5, 1917 in Saint Joseph, Missouri as Sarah Jane Fulks. In 1928, Jane moved to California where her mother worked as a struggling actress. When her mother was unable to find enough work, the two moved back to Missouri in 1930. There, Jane began singing on the radio under the name Jane Durrell.

In 1932, Jane returned to Hollywood and landed her first roles: small parts in 1932's The Kid from Spain, and 1936's My Man Godfrey and Cain and Mabel. In 1936, Jane legally changed her name to Jane Wyman and was signed a contract with Warner Brothers. One year later, Jane got her big break in the film, Public Wedding.

Jane began to receive critical acclaim in 1939 after landing her first starring role in Torchy Plays With Dynamite. In years following, Jane starred in hit films including The Lost Weekend and The Yearling, a role that she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1946. In 1948, Jane won her first Academy Award for her role in the film Johnny Belinda, making her the first and only winner to earn the award without speaking any lines during the film. During her acceptance speech, Jane made the now-infamous quote: "I won this by keeping my mouth shut, and that's what I'm going to do now."

Post-Oscar win, Jane worked with high-profile directors and producers, receiving roles in Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright, Frank Capra's Here Comes the Groom and Michael Curtiz's The Story of Will Rogers. Jane landed another Oscar nomination for her role in the 1951 film The Blue Veil as well as for 1954's Magnificent Obsession. After a string of successful films, Jane made her final big screen movie in 1969 with How to Commit Marriage.

In addition to her extensive movie career, Jane also guest starred on several television series and starred on many others, including Falcon Crest (a role that landed Jane five Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, and one Golden Globe win in 1988).

While not filming or appearing on television, Jane led a complex personal life. She married her first husband, Myron Futterman, on June 29, 1937 divorced him soon after on November 1, 1938. After co-starring with future president Ronald Reagan in Brother Rat in 1938, they subsequently married on January 26, 1940. They divorced June 28, 1948 and share three children Maureen, Michael, and Christine. Jane married her third husband Frederick Karger in November of 1952. They divorced in December of 1955, later remarried on March 11, 1961, and divorced a second time in 1965.

Recently, Jane has lived in seclusion due to her serious health problems and is rarely seen in public. She attended the funeral for President Reagan in 2004 and currently resides in a retirement home in Palm Springs, California. During her extensive career, Jane appeared in 83 movies and two television series, appearing in 208 of 227 Falcon Crest episodes.

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TV Appearances

Main cast 
Falcon Crest (1981)As: Angela Channing
The Jane Wyman Show (1955)As: Herself (Various Characters)
Summer Playhouse (1954)As: Herself (Host 1957)
Episode Cast Credits 

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993) 
  The Visitor 01x03: (Jan/09/1993) As Elizabeth Quinn 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 41x01: (Jan/29/1984) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (for 'Falcon Crest') 
  The 9th Annual Golden Globe Awards 09x01: (Feb/21/1952) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (for 'The Blue Veil') 
  The 6th Annual Golden Globe Awards 06x01: (Mar/16/1949) As Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role (for 'Johnny Belinda') 

Charlie's Angels (1976) (1976) 
  To See an Angel Die 05x03: (Nov/30/1980) As Eleanor Willard, [Special Guest Stars]

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Another Time, Another Place/Doctor Who/Gopher's Engagement 03x23: (Mar/01/1980) As Sister Patricia 

The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1973) 
  The American Film Institute Salute to Alfred Hitchcock 07x01: (Mar/07/1979) As Herself 

Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law (1971) 
  The Desertion of Keith Ryder 03x22: (Mar/30/1974) As Sophia Ryder 

The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1969) 
  And Other Things I May Not See 04x16: (May/04/1973) As Dr. Amanda Fallon 
  Discovery at Fourteen 03x11: (Mar/05/1972) As Dr. Amanda Fallon 

The Sixth Sense (1972) 
  If I Should Die Before I Wake 02x09: (Dec/02/1972) As Ruth Ames, [Special Guest Stars]

This Is Your Life (1971) (1971) 
  Gen. Omar Bradley 01x17: (Dec/05/1971) As Herself 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Aug 07, 1971 09x45: (Aug/15/1971) As Herself 
  Episode dated 21 November 1968 06x05: (Nov/21/1968) As Herself 

The Jim Nabors Hour (1969) 
  Season 2, Episode 15 02x15: (Dec/31/1970) As Herself 
  Season 1, Episode 11 01x11: (Dec/11/1969) As Herself 

Insight (1960) 
  Prince of Apple Towns 11x05: (Nov/15/1970) As Herself 
  Why Does God Allow Men to Suffer? 07x13: (Jul/02/1967) As Herself 
  The Hermit 10x423: (Unknown/Unaired) As Marie 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  When Hell Froze 03x14: (Feb/02/1966) As Addie Joslin 

The Bell Telephone Hour (1959) 
  The Younger Generation 06x08: (Jan/14/1964) As Herself (Hostess) 

The Andy Williams Show (1962) (1962) 
  Carl Ballantine / Ernest Borgnine / Jane Wyman 02x03: (Oct/29/1963) As Herself 
  Red Norvo / Jane Wyman 01x16: (Jan/17/1963) As Herself 

Here's Hollywood (1960) 
  December 28, 1962 02x67: (Dec/28/1962) As Herself 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  Wagon Train Mutiny 06x01: (Sep/19/1962) As Hannah Barber, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Doctor Willoughby Story 02x06: (Nov/15/1958) As Dr. Carol Willoughby, [Special Guest Stars]

The Investigators (1961) (1961) 
  Death Leaves a Tip 01x09: (Nov/30/1961) As Elaine 

Checkmate (1960) 
  Lady on the Brink 01x04: (Oct/15/1960) As Joan Talmadge 

What's My Line? (US) (1950) 
  EPISODE #515 11x39: (May/29/1960) As Herself (Mystery Guest) 

Star Time (1950) 
  Academy Award Songs 01x24: (Mar/15/1960) As Herself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 31st Annual Academy Awards 07x01: (Apr/06/1959) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 27th Annual Academy Awards 03x01: (Mar/30/1955) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 25th Annual Academy Awards 01x01: (Mar/19/1953) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  The Deadly Guest 08x16: (Jan/09/1959) As Selena Shelby 

Lux Playhouse (1958) 
  A Deadly Guest 01x08: (Jan/09/1959) As Selena Shelby 

The Perry Como Show (1948) 
  Episode dated 20 December 1958 09x??: (Dec/20/1958) As Herself 

General Electric Theater (1953) 
  Amelia 03x14: (Jan/02/1955) As Dr. Amelia Morrow 
Crew Credits

Show Crew


The Jane Wyman Show (1955)• Co-Producer

Episode Crew


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Trivia

Jane was married to former President Ronald Reagan. They were married on January 26, 1940, but divorced eight years later on June 6, 1948.

With Ronald, she had three children - Maureen, Michael (whom they adopted), and Christine (who died the day of her birth).

Is an alumni of the University of Missouri.

She suffers from diabetes and arthritus.

Her parents are Manning J. Mayfield and Gladdys Hope Christian. Her father died when she was only three.

Her kiss with actor Regis Toomey in the film You're in the Army Now is often stated as the longest kiss in film, which lasted 185 seconds (3 minutes, 5 seconds).

Was nominated for nominated four multiple times for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Academy Awards. The first was in 1947 for The Yearling. The second, which she won, was in 1949 for Johnny Belinda. The third was in 1952 for The Blue Veil. Finally, the last time she was nominated was in 1955 for Magnificent Obsession.

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