Jane Wyman Net Worth

We sure love our actresses. Jane Wyman is no exception. As an Actress from Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States. Born on January 5, 1917 into the family of Gladys Hope Christian, Manning Jefferies Mayfield unknown, this American woman is famous for her many roles on large and small movies as well as TV. Standing at 5 ft 2 in (1.59 m), Jane Wyman studied and graduated from Lafayette High School, University of Missouri. The actress’ family is comprised of her spouse Fred Karger (m. 1961–1965), Fred Karger (m. 1952–1955), Ronald Reagan (m. 1940–1949), Myron Futterman (m. 1937–1938), Ernest Eugene Wyman (m. 1933–1935), kids Maureen Reagan, Michael Reagan, Christine Reagan. As most of famous actresses, Jane Wyman has amassed a large net worth with a lot of money under her name. Successful box office hits and terrific performances on the small and large screen have earned this woman tons of accolades and recognition across the board. So, what about numbers? Her net worth is calculated to be $15 Million.

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Jane had a very unsettled family life, with her father dying when she was young after her parents’ divorce. She lived with a foster family, and later attended Lafayette High School, where she started a radio singing career under the name Jane Durrell. She dropped out of high school at age 15 and took odd jobs in Hollywood, to support herself while she got small parts in films such as “My Man Godfrey”. In 1936, she signed a contract with Warner Brothers which led her to star in “Public Wedding”, so her net worth was established.

In 1939, Jane and Regis Toomey had the longest screen kiss in cinema history in “You’re in the Army Now”. Six years later, she appeared in the noir film “The Lost Weekend” for which she got critical acclaim. Her net worth started to increase after her Academy Award nomination for her performance in “The Yearling”, and two years later she would win an Academy Award after portraying a rape victim in “Johnny Belinda”, making her the first person in the sound era to win an Oscar without speaking a line of dialogue. This led her to appear in more high profile roles including “Stage Fright”, “The Story of Will Rogers”, “Magnificent Obsession”, and “Holiday for Lovers”.

For television, Wyman made her first guest appearance in an episode of “General Electric Theater”. This then continued with more television opportunities in “Wagon Train”, “The Investigators”, and “The Ford Show”. Her net worth continued to build, and she became the hostess of “The Bell Telephone Hour”. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her show “Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater”, but her popularity started declining, and she went into semi-retirement for most of the 1970s. She made a resurgence in 1981 in the soap opera “Falcon Crest” which aired until 1990; the series was very successful and was a ratings hit, and for her role as Angela Channing, Jane was five times nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award, and for two Golden Globe Awards. However, later in the show her health was becoming a problem which led her to miss episodes; she was absent for most of the final season.

For her personal life, it is known that Jane was married five times, firstly to Ernest Eugene Wyman in 1933, which led her to use the Wyman surname professionally. They divorced after two years, and in 1937 she married Myron Martin Futterman, but they separated after just three months and divorced a year later. In 1940, she married Ronald Raegan and they had three children together – their divorce made Raegan the first US president to have been divorced. In 1952, Wyman married Fredrick Maxwell Karger, but they divorced in 1955, however, they remarried in 1961 before divorcing again in 1965. Jane passed away in her sleep at her home at the age of 90 in 2007.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Jane Wyman
  • Net Worth: $15 Million
  • Date Of Birth: January 5, 1917
  • Died: September 10, 2007, Rancho Mirage, California, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
  • Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.59 m)
  • Profession: Actress
  • Education: Lafayette High School, University of Missouri
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Fred Karger (m. 1961–1965), Fred Karger (m. 1952–1955), Ronald Reagan (m. 1940–1949), Myron Futterman (m. 1937–1938), Ernest Eugene Wyman (m. 1933–1935)
  • Children: Maureen Reagan, Michael Reagan, Christine Reagan
  • Parents: Gladys Hope Christian, Manning Jefferies Mayfield
  • Nicknames: Sarah Jane Fulks , Sarah Jane Mayfield , Miss Jane Wyman , Jane Durrell , Jane Fulks , Button Nose , Minnie Mouse , Janie
  • IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0943837/
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama, Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorites
  • Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Continuing Performance – Actress in a Dramatic Series
  • Movies: Johnny Belinda, All That Heaven Allows, The Lost Weekend, Magnificent Obsession, The Yearling, Stage Fright, The Blue Veil, Lucy Gallant, Pollyanna, Brother Rat, Here Comes the Groom, Miracle in the Rain, How to Commit Marriage, Three Guys Named Mike, Holiday for Lovers, The Story of Will Rogers, Br…
  • TV Shows: Falcon Crest, Fireside Theatre, The Jane Wyman Show, Summer Playhouse

Quotes

  • [Who recalled about the dwindling family finances that made it very hard for her to find a job]: Well, it didn’t last long. I wasted more pies than I sold. So I was fired.
  • [Who had been too fast to deny that some sources that her mother talked her into becoming an actress]: The depression had started and my family was flat broke. I mean, we lost everything, except the little roofs over our heads. My mother wanted me to continue my education, but I didn’t have the grades to get into college because I had goofed off in high school. Besides, we needed the money.
  • Where else can you meet such fascinating people and go to such places as people in our business do? It’s a fabulous life.
  • [on her off-camera Falcon Crest (1981) relationships of the final season]: I love to work with David Selby, Lorenzo Lamas can do almost anything. He’s a wonderful dramatic actor, I said, ‘I want Rod Taylor in the show.’ He was occupied doing something else. I said ‘We’ll wait.’
  • [on former husband Ronald Reagan] Ask him the time and he’ll tell you how the watch was made.
  • [1982] When I first got into TV, it really was in its embryonic stage. Loretta [Young] and I both started our series at about the same time. And the pace! I had no idea you began work at 6 in the morning and quit at 10 at night, and that after shooting you went to your office to get the next scripts started – and it goes on and on and on. I’d limp home over that lousy Coldwater Canyon and I’d say, ‘Well, Lord, if you want me there tomorrow, you goin’ have to git me there!’ Of course it becomes second nature, but after four years I said: That does it, and if anybody pointed a Brownie at me I was in Chicago! You know? I thought: Never again.
  • I wasn’t unreceptive to working. It was just that nothing came around that I was even remotely interested in doing. Number two, I don’t think they were exactly looking for me with a fine-toothed comb.
  • [on learning that she was being awarded the Best Actress Oscar for Johnny Belinda (1948)] I heard my name called and the first thing that came to my mind was ‘Did I or didn’t I put on my girdle tonight? Then I thought, ‘So what? Let it bounce.’
  • [In 1988]: Egyptians have become addicted to Falcon Crest. They’ve become very attached to it.
  • I never go into anything except with both feet and a lot of enthusiasm.
  • [In 1993]: I was there for the first 20 years ago. I’m just pleased as punch to do it again. Watching people waste away is terrible. Nobody knows what arthritis is like unless you have it.
  • [When she came back to do theatrical acting in the 1970s]: Since making How to Commit Marriage (1969) with Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason, there just wasn’t anything to get excited about. I’m hopeful The Falling of Raymond will be the start of a good deal, more activity.
  • [In 1971]: Actually, I’ve worn the Dutch-bob since I was three years old. It certainly helped my career from an identity standpoint.
  • People are used to me in the softer roles – but I think they get used to Angie.
  • [In 1981]: The movies were changing, and the kinds of things that they were offering me I wouldn’t look at, much less do. They were sordid. I have spent too many years in my craft, in my own little niche, my own little way, and it didn’t matter to me. I didn’t want to work anyway.
  • [on commenting her newspaper interview in 1981 about her almost 50 year career in films]: I’ve been through four different cycles in pictures: the brassy blonde, then came the musicals, the high dramas, then the inauguration of television.
  • [In 1984]: Women are like tea bags. You never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.
  • It was all Donald O’Connor’s idea. He suggested that I join his nightclub act when he plays at Harrah’s at Lake Tahoe this month. I couldn’t think of a good reason why I shouldn’t.
  • [on her popularity while playing the sixty-something Angela Channing on Falcon Crest]: It’s not that she’s vicious, it’s that she wants her own way. She’s demanding. But she’s old enough – I’m playing her in her 60s – that she can demand the respect. People cross her once in a while, and she doesn’t fight them as much as she asks ‘how can I get around this?’ It’s a different role for me. I like it. I think the closest I ever came to this kind of character before was Aunt Polly in Pollyanna. Aunt Polly was a matriarch of sorts and always held the family together. And that’s what Angie does. She’s a multi-faceted character who treats everybody differently.
  • [Who said in 1985 about accepting the role of Angela Channing, 4 years earlier]: I really like her, she’s a head’s up lady. You can’t miss on a thing like this, you really can’t. If you do, you’re dumb.
  • I don’t know why I’d have to cooperate because he knows everything I know. I’m just going to live my life and have fun.
  • [Upon her return to Falcon Crest (1981)’s final year, after almost a year’s medical leave]: I’m back and I’m feelin’ fine and I’m really gonna raise hell.
  • [As to how Falcon Crest (1981) differentiates those of: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dynasty (1981)]: Our shows begin and end each week. They’re not continuous like the others. That makes our program unique. Another thing that makes it special is that sex isn’t necessary on our series. Maybe just enough to get by. It’s really an intrigue story about a dynasty family.
  • [In 1989]: Remember, I’ve been in this business fifty-four years. I made eighty-six pictures and 350 television shows. I have not been idle.
  • [When asked if she loved television better than film]: The reason I enjoy TV more than pictures now is that I like the pace better. You’ve got so many hours to do so much, and you have to get it done. I was on The Yearling for eleven and a half months! Sometimes we only did two pages of dialogue in four days.
  • [on The Lost Weekend (1945)]: It was my biggest chance yet, and I was determined to make the most of it. I was determined to act from the inside out, to disregard all surface effects, and delve into the character of a sturdy woman who endured hardship stoically and who concealed a deeply emotional nature under a frosty, pragmatic exterior. I meditated on the role at great length; I wanted to get to the bottom of this woman’s psyche. And in doing so I dredged up all the early hardships and disappointments in my own life, looking constantly for some points of reference that would link our respective inner schemes.
  • [Who said in 1964 about growing up in an unhappy, humorless household]: Shyness is not a small problem; it can cripple the whole personality. It crippled mine for many years. As a child, my only solution to the problem of shyness was to hide, to make myself as small and insignificant as possible. All through grade school I was a well-mannered little shadow who never spoke above a whisper.
  • We were just two rows behind Irene Dunne. There was something about the line of her neck that convinced me she was going to get the prize. I was slumped low in my seat, sort of trying to hide so that I could sneak out. I was so sure I wouldn’t win that when I heard my name called out, I didn’t recognize it. I didn’t get up. But Jerry Wald poked me, and my handbag dropped to my lap. My lipstick and everything went rolling onto the floor. I must have been quite a sight trying to pick up things and get to the stage at the same time. I was the most surprised girl in the world.
  • [on her dismissal in the last season of Falcon Crest (1981)]: I wanted to tie up the show, mention everyone who was gone – the grandfather, Melissa, Cole and Maggie, so that the loyal audience we had wouldn’t feel cheated they they had been taken in a different direction by the producers that they didn’t understand (and frankly, I didn’t either). It was a wonderful experience, but I wasn’t sorry to see it end because of the way it was going. The first six years of the show were marvelous, then they started tampering with it. I get so much mail from people saying they can’t understand what happened.
  • [on the cancellation of Falcon Crest (1981)]: It’s a funny feeling, because you wake up and say, ‘I’m not going to see my friends again, you know!’ Because I never done anything this long.
  • [Who said in 1968 on her refusal to publicly discuss the political career of her ex-husband, Ronald Reagan]: It’s not because I’m bitter or because I don’t agree with him politically. I’ve always been a registered Republican. But it’s bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that’s all. Also, I don’t know a damn thing about politics.
  • [on her ex-husband’s, Ronald Reagan’s death in 2004]: America has lost a great president, and a great, kind gentleman.
  • [on winning the 1949 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role of Johnny Belinda (1948)]: I won this award for keeping my mouth shut, so I think I’ll do it again now.
  • I guess I just don’t have a talent for it, some women just aren’t the marrying kind – or anyway, not the permanent marrying kind, and I’m one of them.
  • The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself everytime you meet a human being.

Facts

  • On an episode of Falcon Crest (1981), her character was hospitalized in a coma, in real-life, before filming, she was also hospitalized.
  • On Falcon Crest (1981), she was the grandmother, in real-life, she was also a grandmother of 2.
  • Knew Lorenzo Lamas since his birth.
  • During the last season of Falcon Crest (1981), her character was hospitalized in a coma, in real-life, she was hospitalized, the year before the last season started.
  • When she married Myron Futterman, she wanted to have children, her first husband didn’t. She would later divorce him, a year later.
  • When Wyman received the script for her starring role on Falcon Crest (1981), she was undecided about undertaking her character, so different from the self-sacrificing characters of her movie days.
  • To protect and prevent her health, she fell asleep early, before arriving to work early on the set of Falcon Crest (1981).
  • She brought along her old family and her old friends to the set of Falcon Crest (1981).
  • Met Julie London, Virginia Mayo, Eve Arden and Lauren Bacall, when the five were under contract with Warner Bros. in 1949. Wyman was (by far) the longest-running member of the contract company, since she was 19.
  • When one of her Falcon Crest (1981) co-stars, Lorenzo Lamas, was bungling his lines, she cautioned him not to come to work, when battling drugs.
  • She and her first husband Ronald Reagan had a stillborn daughter Christine June 27, 1947.
  • Lifelong friends of: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Merv Griffin, Arlene Dahl, Esther Williams, Doris Day and Agnes Moorehead.
  • She was left-handed. When it was shown in Johnny Belinda (1948), her character tried to print her name in chalk.
  • At least nine actors named her as their favorite actress: Anne Jeffreys, Jane Greer, Eddie Albert, Celeste Holm, John Saxon, Gina Lollobrigida, Shannon Tweed, Cindy Morgan and Bob Curtis, all nine worked with her on Falcon Crest (1981).
  • Her ex-Falcon Crest (1981) co-star, Lorenzo Lamas, had said in an interview, Wyman was the grandmother he never had.
  • She was most widely known to be a very private and shy lady.
  • Was the 32nd actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Johnny Belinda (1948) at The 21st Academy Awards on March 24, 1949.
  • Her children to attended boarding school.
  • Met Aaron Spelling on Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955), where the two became friends, until Spelling’s death in 2006.
  • The hardest scene she’d ever worked on was with Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945).
  • Longtime friend of Dick Powell. She and Ronald Reagan both attended his funeral in 1963.
  • Worked with Fred MacMurray in both: Bon Voyage! (1962) and on My Three Sons (1960).
  • Despite her divorce from Ronald Reagan, they remained close friends until his death in 2004.
  • Her favorite comedienne was Betty Hutton.
  • Was considered for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
  • Now living in Palm Springs, California, in retirement. [April 2003]
  • Was a longtime friend of Eve Arden, who guest-starred alongside Wyman on Falcon Crest (1981).
  • Began her show Falcon Crest (1981) at age 64.
  • She studied music at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
  • Before Merv Griffin became a successful talk show host and producer, he worked with her, when he began his contract career at Warner Bros. in 1954.
  • When Sarah Jane was age 15, she landed a job as dancer in the chorus of Busby Berkeley’s The Kid from Spain (1932) at MGM. Other dancers and unfamiliar actresses on the lot included Lucille Ball, Betty Grable and Paulette Goddard.
  • Had missed two episodes of Falcon Crest (1981), because she underwent abdominal surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, just 3 days before her 69th Birthday. An adhesion on her intestine was removed there, making her surgery so successful. [2 January 1986].
  • Resided in Santa Monica, California, from 1985 to 1993.
  • Jane Wyman was deceased on September 10, 2007. Her longtime friend, Merv Griffin, died on August 12, 2007, just 4 weeks before her.
  • Of German descent.
  • On her retirement in 1993, she moved to Rancho Mirage, California, and lived there until she died.
  • Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide four times.
  • Missed a lot of episodes in the last season of Falcon Crest (1981), because of the direction the show was going.
  • Jack Benny gave Jane her nickname of Minnie Mouse because he believed that she resembled what the Disney character would look life if human.
  • Acting mentor and friends of Lorenzo Lamas, Ana Alicia and David Selby.
  • She was the last surviving member of Brother Rat (1938).
  • Grandmother of Cameron and Ashley.
  • Quit her hosting duties on Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955), because she was exhausted from putting on a miniature movie once a week.
  • Her adopted son Michael Reagan had a recurring role on Falcon Crest (1981) with her.
  • Was raised Roman Catholic.
  • Created the character of Angela Channing of Falcon Crest (1981), who also had no intention of letting her character become a sort of J.R. Ewing of the wine business who felt she was representing all women in business. She was also a very, tough character at first, but wanted Angela to show she was also capable of love.
  • After she won the Oscar, Jack Warner announced Wyman for “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Ethan Frome.’ Vivien Leigh played the role in “Streetcar” and Warner Bros. never made “Frome.”.
  • Was buried as a third-degree nun [from an interview by Michael Reagan to Megyn Kelly on America Live (2010) on May 29, 2012].
  • Was supposed to reprise her role as Aunt Polly in The Adventures of Pollyanna (1982), but was unavailable, because she was under contract working on Falcon Crest (1981), hence, the role was ultimately given to Shirley Jones.
  • Was reported that she also died of natural causes in her sleep.
  • After her guest-starring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), she retired from acting at age 76.
  • She and Eddie Albert were best friends from 1938 to Thursday, May 26, 2005, when Eddie Albert lost his life.
  • Was also a friend of John Forsythe. Coincidentally, Wyman starred on Falcon Crest (1981), after Forsythe starred on Dynasty (1981), in the same year.
  • Had relocated from Los Angeles and back to Saint Joseph, Missouri, in 1930, when young Jane was only age 13.
  • Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest (1981).
  • Went into semi-retirement after she starred in two failed TV pilots in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Wrote a soliloquy for the series finale of Falcon Crest (1981).
  • After her retirement from acting, and long before her death, she attended other charity and honorable events, as well as the funeral of her best friends.
  • Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman had a daughter Christine who was born June 26, 1947 and lived 9 hours.
  • Had met her first husband, Ronald Reagan, on the set of Brother Rat (1938).
  • Interred at Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California, USA.
  • Survived by two grandchildren and one adopted grandchild.
  • After her father’s death and the divorce of her mother, she lived with her foster mother, when she was a little girl.
  • Her ex-husband, Ronald Reagan, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia. [5 June 2004].
  • Former sister-in-law of Neil Reagan.
  • Ranks fourth behind Mickey Rooney, Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis, but in front of Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine, in appearances of movies, she was featured in over 80 films.
  • Was a heavy smoker for years.
  • She died only 9 months before her Falcon Crest (1981) co-star Mel Ferrer.
  • Was born in the same city as Ruth Warrick.
  • Future Falcon Crest (1981) co-stars, David Selby, Ana Alicia and Lorenzo Lamas were all being idolized by her, during childhood.
  • The youngest of three children.
  • Began singing and dancing at an early age.
  • The first actress ever to have lots of name changes. After she took the name of Sarah Jane Fulks, she dropped her first name and used Jane, as her middle name, hence, she legally changed her name to Jane Durrell, however, she was asked to change her last name to Wyman, the same last name as her adoptive siblings – her mother had first been married to a Dr. Weymann.
  • Before she was a successful actress, she had lots of jobs, especially that of a radio singer.
  • She had been battling health problems for years, so producers thought they rewrote the scripts in such a way that her character didn’t do most of the walking on the Falcon Crest (1981) set.
  • Her best friend Esther Williams is the stepmother of Falcon Crest (1981), co-star, Lorenzo Lamas, whose father was Fernando Lamas, who married Williams on New Years’ Eve, 1969, till his death in 1982. Ironically, Wyman, Lamas and Williams, knew each other for many years, before.
  • Was a staunch Republican.
  • Her parents were Gladys Hope Christian, an a doctor’s stenographer and office assistant and Manning Jefferies Mayfield, a meal-company laborer.
  • Remained good friends with Susan Sullivan and Lorenzo Lamas during and after Falcon Crest (1981).
  • Was hospitalized with a liver ailment and diabetes after she collapsed on the set of Falcon Crest (1981)’s ninth season. [20 February 1989].
  • Was a spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation from the mid-1970s.
  • On an episode of Falcon Crest (1981), Wyman’s movie The Blue Veil (1951), showed flashback scenes when her character reminisces about being told in the hospital that her newborn son had died.
  • Was a very good friend of Aaron Spelling. She appeared on both of his shows: Charlie’s Angels (1976) and The Love Boat (1977).
  • Met Lorenzo Lamas’s father, Fernando Lamas, on an episode of Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955), when at the time of filming, Lorenzo was a 3 month old infant. By the time Lorenzo Lamas was 21, he persistently auditioned for a co-starring role in the long-running TV series, Falcon Crest (1981), opposite Wyman, as her grandson. His persistence paid off, and he won the role.
  • Was not the first choice for Angela Channing on Falcon Crest (1981). It was after her best friend Barbara Stanwyck turned down this part, that producers Earl Hamner Jr. and Michael Filerman immediately cast her in the role.
  • Lived in a retirement home in Palm Springs, California, before she resided at the Rancho Mirage Country Club, where she died.
  • Wyman had appeared in almost every episode of Falcon Crest (1981) from 1981 to 1989, before she missed 16 episodes in the final season. Against her doctor’s advice, she came back for the series’ final three shows, for a total of 208 of the 227 episodes of the series.
  • In 1991, she received the Golda Meir Award from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • Her father, Manning Jefferies Mayfield, died when she was only 5.
  • Her Falcon Crest (1981) co-star, Susan Sullivan, won the 1998 Jane Wyman Award at the Arthritis Foundation.
  • Her Falcon Crest (1981) co-stars, Susan Sullivan and Lorenzo Lamas, both went to visit her in the hospital, while the ninth and final season was filming.
  • Began her career as a contract player for Warner Bros. in 1936.
  • Was the recipient of the Charles B. Harding Award in 1977, which was the highest national award given by The Arthritis Foundation.
  • She had 10 hobbies: landscape painting, golfing, dancing, collecting CDs, listening to music, playing piano, singing, philanthropy, reading and politics.
  • She dropped out of Lafayette High School, during her freshman year, and took on odd jobs such as a waitress and manicurist.
  • She attended Lafayette High School in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  • Was a close friend of USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Drew Casper.
  • In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lidia Simoneschi or Dhia Cristiani. She was occasionally dubbed by Rosetta Calavetta, Renata Marini, Rina Morelli or Giovanna Scotto.
  • She would never talk about Ronald Reagan in an interview, but voted for him three times and attended his funeral.
  • Replaced Gracie Allen for an evening of “The Burns and Allen Radio Show” when Gracie had a migraine. It turned out to be the only time Gracie missed their show in all the years Burns and Allen performed together.
  • Was very good friends with: Julie London, John Forsythe, Barbara Stanwyck, Virginia Mayo, Rod Taylor, Dennis Morgan, Alexis Smith, Chao Li Chi, Bob Curtis, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Robert Conrad, Ernest Borgnine, Danny Thomas, Buddy Ebsen, Cary Grant, Robert Mitchum, Cesar Romero, Doris Day, Fernando Lamas, Arlene Dahl, Betty Grable, Carol Channing, Anne Jeffreys, Esther Williams, Ann Doran, Ray Milland, Loretta Young, Tony Curtis, Betty Hutton, Mickey Rooney, Aaron Spelling, Earl Hamner Jr., Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Howard Keel, Eddie Albert, Gavin MacLeod, Ann Sheridan, Eve Arden, Karl Malden, Abby Dalton, Ruta Lee, Claire Trevor, Fred MacMurray, William Demarest, Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Broderick Crawford, Rock Hudson, Leslie Nielsen, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin, Lauren Bacall, Yvonne De Carlo and Agnes Moorehead.
  • Before she was a successful actress, she was a chorus girl.
  • Appeared in every episode of Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955) and was nominated for an Emmy twice.
  • Daughter, Maureen Reagan, was admitted to the John Wayne Cancer Institute for malignant melanoma. [11 December 2000]
  • Would never talk about Ronald Reagan in an interview.
  • Has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Was always good friends with Loretta Young.
  • Was a diabetic.
  • Had taken a break on the ninth and final season of Falcon Crest (1981), during the third episode, due to the health problems she was suffering, but came back for the last three episodes of the series.
  • Before she was a successful actress, she was once a switchboard operator.
  • Holds the record for the longest screen kiss, with Regis Toomey in You’re in the Army Now (1941), at 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
  • Daughter, with third husband – actor/former president Ronald Reagan – Maureen Reagan dies of malignant melanoma (skin cancer) at her Sacramento-area home. [August 2001]
  • Mother of Maureen Reagan and Michael Reagan.
  • Apparently broke up with Ronald Reagan over her love for Lew Ayres, but that relationship failed in the long run.
  • Several sources have given her date of birth as January 4, 1914, which would mean she was one of the first (and one of the very few) actresses to make herself older. She is a serious convert to Roman Catholicism, attending Mass with good friend Loretta Young.
  • Her name changed to “Jane Faulks” when she was unofficially “adopted” by the Faulks family, middle-aged neighbors of her single mother. Moved to So. California with Mrs. Faulks when she was widowed in 1928
  • Adopted mother of nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Reagan.
  • Her Best Actress Oscar for Johnny Belinda (1948) makes her the only wife of a future U.S. President (Ronald Reagan) ever to win such an award.

Trademarks

  • Short stature
  • Usually played women who either become engaged or soon get married.
  • Played roles that were either physically challenged or disabled.
  • Her hairdo, bangs over her forehead.
  • Her husky voice.

Filmography

Actress
Title Year Status Character
Make Your Own Bed 1944 Susan Courtney
Princess O’Rourke 1943 Jean Campbell
Footlight Serenade 1942 Flo La Verne
My Favorite Spy 1942 Connie
Larceny, Inc. 1942 Denny Costello
You’re in the Army Now 1941 Bliss Dobson
The Body Disappears 1941 Joan Shotesbury
Bad Men of Missouri 1941 Mary Hathaway
Honeymoon for Three 1941 Elizabeth Clochessy
Tugboat Annie Sails Again 1940 Peggy Armstrong
My Love Came Back 1940 Joy O’Keefe
Gambling on the High Seas 1940 Laurie Ogden
Flight Angels 1940 Nan Hudson
An Angel from Texas 1940 Marge Allen
Alice in Movieland 1940 Short Carlo’s Guest (uncredited)
Brother Rat and a Baby 1940 Claire Terry
Private Detective 1939 Myrna Winslow
Kid Nightingale 1939 Judy Craig
Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite 1939 Torchy Blane
The Kid from Kokomo 1939 Marian Bronson
Tail Spin 1939 Alabama
Brother Rat 1938 Claire Adams
The Crowd Roars 1938 Vivian
Wide Open Faces 1938 Betty Martin
Fools for Scandal 1938 Party Guest (uncredited)
He Couldn’t Say No 1938 Violet Coney
The Spy Ring 1938 Elaine Burdette
Over the Goal 1937 Co-ed (uncredited)
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air 1937 Marjorie Day
Public Wedding 1937 Florence ‘Flip’ Lane
The Singing Marine 1937 Joan
Little Pioneer 1937 Short Katie Snee
Slim 1937 Stumpy’s Girl
The King and the Chorus Girl 1937 Babette Latour
Ready, Willing and Able 1937 Dot
Smart Blonde 1937 Dixie – Hatcheck Girl
Gold Diggers of 1937 1936 Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Polo Joe 1936 Girl at Polo Field (uncredited)
The Sunday Round-Up 1936 Short Butte Soule
Here Comes Carter 1936 Nurse (uncredited)
Cain and Mabel 1936 Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Stage Struck 1936 Bessie Funfnick (uncredited)
My Man Godfrey 1936 Socialite (uncredited)
Bengal Tiger 1936 Saloon Girl (uncredited)
Anything Goes 1936 Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Freshman Love 1936 Co-Ed (uncredited)
King of Burlesque 1936 Dancer (uncredited)
Broadway Hostess 1935 Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Stolen Harmony 1935 Chorine (uncredited)
George White’s 1935 Scandals 1935 Chorine (uncredited)
All the King’s Horses 1935 Chorine on Train (uncredited)
Rumba 1935 Chorus Girl (uncredited)
College Rhythm 1934 Chorine (uncredited)
Harold Teen 1934 Graduate (uncredited)
Gold Diggers of 1933 1933 Gold Digger (uncredited)
Elmer, the Great 1933 Game Spectator (uncredited)
The Kid from Spain 1932 Goldwyn Girl (uncredited)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1993 TV Series Elizabeth Quinn
Falcon Crest 1981-1990 TV Series Angela Channing
Charlie’s Angels 1980 TV Series Eleanor Willard
The Love Boat 1980 TV Series Sister Patricia
The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1979 TV Movie Granny Arrowroot (as Miss Jane Wyman)
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 1974 TV Series Sophia Ryder
Amanda Fallon 1973 TV Movie Dr. Amanda Fallon
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1972-1973 TV Series Dr. Amanda Fallon
The Sixth Sense 1972 TV Series Ruth Ames
The Failing of Raymond 1971 TV Movie Mary Bloomquist
My Three Sons 1970 TV Series Sylvia Cannon
How to Commit Marriage 1969 Elaine Benson
The Red Skelton Hour 1968 TV Series Clara Appleby
Insight 1962-1967 TV Series Auschwitz Victim / Marie
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series Addie Joslin
Wagon Train 1958-1962 TV Series Hannah Barber / Dr. Carol Ames Willoughby
Bon Voyage! 1962 Katie Willard
The Investigators 1961 TV Series Elaine
Checkmate 1960 TV Series Joan Talmadge
Pollyanna 1960 Aunt Polly
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse 1960 TV Series Dr. Kate
Holiday for Lovers 1959 Mrs. Mary Dean
Lux Playhouse 1959 TV Series Selena Shelby
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 1955-1958 TV Series Cleary Penryn / Cleary Pendrun / Carol / …
Miracle in the Rain 1956 Ruth Wood
Lucy Gallant 1955 Lucy Gallant
All That Heaven Allows 1955 Cary Scott
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series Dr. Amelia Morrow
Summer Playhouse 1954 TV Series Host (1957)
Magnificent Obsession 1954 Helen Phillips
So Big 1953 Selina DeJong
Let’s Do It Again 1953 Constance Stuart
Three Lives 1953 Short Commentator
Just for You 1952 Carolina Hill
The Story of Will Rogers 1952 Betty Rogers
Starlift 1951 Jane Wyman
The Blue Veil 1951 Louise Mason
Here Comes the Groom 1951 Emmadel Jones
Three Guys Named Mike 1951 Marcy Lewis
The Glass Menagerie 1950 Laura Wingfield
Stage Fright 1950 Eve Gill
The Lady Takes a Sailor 1949 Jennifer Smith
It’s a Great Feeling 1949 Jane Wyman (uncredited)
A Kiss in the Dark 1949 Polly Haines
Johnny Belinda 1948 Belinda McDonald
Magic Town 1947 Mary Peterman
Cheyenne 1947 Ann Kincaid
The Yearling 1946 Orry Baxter
Night and Day 1946 Gracie Harris
One More Tomorrow 1946 Frankie Connors
The Lost Weekend 1945 Helen St. James
Hollywood Canteen 1944 Jane Wyman
Crime by Night 1944 Robbie Vance
The Doughgirls 1944 Vivian Marsden Halstead
Soundtrack
Title Year Status Character
Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary performer: “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”
How to Commit Marriage 1969 performer: “Dream”
Startime 1960 TV Series performer – 1 episode
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957-1958 TV Series performer – 2 episodes
Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall 1958 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Miracle in the Rain 1956 performer: “I’ll Always Believe in You”
Let’s Do It Again 1953 performer: “The Call of the Wild”, “It Was Great While It Lasted”, “I’m Takin’ a Slow Burn”, “These Are the Things I Remember”
Just for You 1952 performer: “Checkin’ My Heart”, “He’s Just Crazy for Me”, “The Maiden of Guadalupe”, “Zing a Little Zong”
Starlift 1951 performer: “I May Be Wrong, But I Think You’re Wonderful” – uncredited
Here Comes the Groom 1951 performer: “IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENING”
Magic Town 1947 performer: “MY BOOK OF MEMORY”
Night and Day 1946 performer: “I’m in Love Again” 1924, “Let’s Do It” 1928, “You Do Something to Me” 1929 – uncredited
Movieland Magic 1946 Short performer: “The Soubrette on the Police Gazette” – uncredited
Hollywood Canteen 1944 performer: “What Are You Doin’ the Rest of Your Life” 1944
The Doughgirls 1944 performer: “Jeepers Creepers” – uncredited
You’re in the Army Now 1941 performer: “I’m Glad My Number Was Called” 1941 – uncredited
Kid Nightingale 1939 performer: “Hark, Hark, the Meadowlark” 1939 – uncredited
Public Wedding 1937 performer: ” I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” 1860 – uncredited
Little Pioneer 1937 Short performer: “My Little One” – uncredited
The Sunday Round-Up 1936 Short performer: “The Soubrette on the Police Gazette” – uncredited
Writer
Title Year Status Character
Falcon Crest 1990 TV Series monologue writer – 1 episode
Producer
Title Year Status Character
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 1957 TV Series producer – 1 episode
Self
Title Year Status Character
The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2008 TV Special Memorial Tribute
Hitchcock and ‘Stage Fright’ 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Biography 2000 TV Series documentary Herself
Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s 1997 Documentary Herself
Inside the Dream Factory 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1995 Documentary Herself
The 1993 Annual American Friends Hebrew University Scopus Awards Honors: A Salute to Aaron Spelling 1993 TV Special Herself
5th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1989 TV Special Herself
4th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
Hour Magazine 1987 TV Series Herself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Herself
This Is Your Life 1987 TV Special Herself
The 2nd TV Academy Hall of Fame 1985 TV Movie Herself
March of Dimes Telethon 1985 TV Movie Herself
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1984 TV Special Herself – Winner: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Outstanding Drama Special
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1983 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny 1982 TV Movie Herself
The 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock 1979 TV Movie documentary Herself
Dinah! 1978 TV Series Herself
This Is Your Life 1971 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1964-1971 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Jim Nabors Hour 1969-1970 TV Series Herself
Insight 1970 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1970 TV Series Herself – Co-Host
Allen Ludden’s Gallery 1969 TV Series Herself
The Bob Hope Show 1961-1969 TV Series Herself / Herself – Guest
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Herself – Audience Member
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Herself
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1967 TV Series Herself
The Match Game 1964 TV Series Herself – Team Captain
You Don’t Say 1964 TV Series Herself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1964 TV Series Herself – Hostess
The Andy Williams Show 1963 TV Series Herself
The Christophers 1963 TV Series Herself
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1963 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Henrietta Award World Film Favorite – Male
Here’s Hollywood 1962 TV Series Herself
The Annual National Sports Awards 1961 TV Special Herself – Presenter
The National Sports Awards 1961 TV Special Herself – Presenter
I’ve Got a Secret 1960 TV Series Herself – Guest
What’s My Line? 1960 TV Series Herself – Mystery Guest
Academy Award Songs 1960 TV Movie Herself – Host
Startime 1960 TV Series Herself – Hostess
The 31st Annual Academy Awards 1959 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Best Sound
America Pauses for Springtime 1959 TV Movie Herself
Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall 1958 TV Series Herself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show 1957-1958 TV Series Herself – Actress / Singer
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 1955-1958 TV Series Herself – Hostess / Herself – -Hostess
The Lux Show 1957 TV Series Herself
The Rosemary Clooney Show 1957 TV Series Herself
Hollywood Mothers and Fathers 1955 Documentary short Herself
The 27th Annual Academy Awards 1955 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Costume Design Awards
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Herself – Co-Presenter: Short Subject Awards
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards 1951 Documentary short Herself
The Screen Director 1951 Short Herself (uncredited)
Ship’s Reporter 1948 TV Series Herself
Shoot Yourself Some Golf 1942 Short Herself
Breakdowns of 1942 1942 Short Herself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood 1940 Documentary short Herself, Tennis Fan
Breakdowns of 1937 1937 Short Herself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Reagan 2011 Documentary Herself
Shooting the Hollywood Stars 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Rock Hudson: Dark and Handsome Stranger 2010 Documentary Helen Phillips (uncredited)
Johnny Mercer: The Dream’s on Me 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself – Memorial Tribute
14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2008 TV Special Herself – In Memoriam
The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 TV Special Herself – In Memoriam
Quand la peur dévore l’âme 2007 Short Cary Scott
Las 50 imágenes de nuestra vida 2006 TV Movie Angela Channing
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Angela Channing
50 y más 2005 TV Movie Angela Channing
How William Shatner Changed the World 2005 TV Movie documentary Amanda
The Making of ‘Far from Heaven’ 2002 TV Short documentary Cary Scott in “All That Heaven Allows” (uncredited)
Biography 1998 TV Series documentary Laura Wingfield
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary actress ‘All That Heaven Allows’ (uncredited)
Rock Hudson’s Home Movies 1992 Documentary Helen Phillips
Sex Violence & Values: Changing Images 1986 TV Movie Mother (uncredited)
Presidential Blooper Reel 1981 Video short Herself
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color 1963-1970 TV Series Katie Willard / Aunt Polly Harrington
Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 Documentary Herself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960 TV Series Aunt Polly – Scene from ‘Pollyanna’
MGM Parade 1956 TV Series
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1955 TV Series Lucy Gallant
The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story 1951 Documentary
Movieland Magic 1946 Short
Breakdowns of 1941 1941 Short Herself (uncredited)

Pictures

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