Jane Greer

Actor, Singer, Model
One day in 1940 a pretty 15-year-old girl who had worked as a child model was asked by her party date why she was pulling such a funny face. Checking in the mirror, she was appalled to find that the muscles on the left ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1924 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA


Actor (36)

Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Perfect Mate 1996 (Movie)


Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)


Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

Michael's Mother (Actor)

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

Ruth Chadwick (Actor)

The Insiders 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Wyler (Actor)

Louis L'Amour's "The Shadow Riders" 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


The Outfit 1973 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

Billie 1964 (Movie)

Agnes Carol (Actor)

Where Love Has Gone 1963 (Movie)

Marian Spicer (Actor)

Man of a Thousand Faces 1957 (Movie)

Hazel Bennet (Actor)

Desperate Search 1956 (Movie)

Julie Heldon (Actor)

Run For the Sun 1956 (Movie)

Katy Connors (Actor)

Down Among the Sheltering Palms 1953 (Movie)

Diana Forrester (Actor)

The Clown 1952 (Movie)

Paula Henderson (Actor)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 (Movie)


You For Me 1952 (Movie)


The Company She Keeps 1951 (Movie)


U.S.S. Tea Kettle 1950 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

The Big Steal 1949 (Movie)

Joan Graham (Actor)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

Charlene (Actor)

Out of the Past 1947 (Movie)

Kathie Moffett (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)

Pirouze (Actor)

They Won't Believe Me 1947 (Movie)


Sunset Pass 1946 (Movie)


The Bamboo Blonde 1946 (Movie)

Eileen Sawyer (Actor)

The Falcon's Alibi 1946 (Movie)

Lola Carpenter (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1945 (Movie)

Judith Owens (Actor)

George White's Scandals 1945 (Movie)

Billie Randall (Actor)

Two O'Clock Courage 1945 (Movie)

Helen Carter (Actor)

Pan-Americana 1944 (Movie)

Miss Downing (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)



One day in 1940 a pretty 15-year-old girl who had worked as a child model was asked by her party date why she was pulling such a funny face. Checking in the mirror, she was appalled to find that the muscles on the left side of her face had gone totally slack and were paralyzed that way. Diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a rare neurological disorder from which people at the time generally did not recover, the aspiring actress had for a time to close her left eye with her hand when she went to sleep and had to push the left corner of her mouth up into a frozen smile before she went off to school each day. The painstaking therapy she performed on her face not only peaked her ambition to act but also dispelled the disfigurement almost entirely, though one wonders if it may have contributed to the patented look important in making Jane Greer one of the most intriguing performers of her day--a calm, quizzical gaze and an enigmatic expression that led RKO to promote her as "the woman with the Mona Lisa smile."


Charles Greer

died August, 1963

Bettejane Greer

wrote the "Aunt Bettie's" column for a Sarasota, Florida newspaper 1932-34 later had a minor job with the War Department during WWII died in July 1964

Donne Greer

Greer's twin

Edward Lasker

married on August 21, 1947 divorced on November 6, 1963 had met in New York in 1945 at one time an associate of Walter Wanger

Albert Lasker

born on June 23, 1948 attended the UCLA film school

Lawrence Lasker

born on October 7, 1949 studied journalism at Yale wrote "WarGames" (1983) wrote and produced "Awakenings" (1990) and "Sneakers" (1992)

Steven Lasker

born on May 9, 1954

Frank London

died in January 2001

Rudy Vallee Actor

Married on December 2, 1943 Separated in March 1944 divorced in July 1944


Western High School

Washington, Washington D.C.
was president of the school drama club; quit school her senior year because family's financial status required her to go to work



Had featured role in "Against All Odds", a remake of "Out of the Past"


Retured to films for "The Outfit"


Acted in first film for seven years, "Where Love Has Gone"


Underwent a heart operation; had her pericardium (the sac around the heart) removed; spent a year recuperating


Returned to films to appear in the adventure, "Run for the Sun"


Appeared in her last film for three years, "The Clown", opposite Red Skelton


Made TV debut on an episode of NBC's "Ford Theatre" entitled "Look for Tomorrow"


Loaned out to 20th Century-Fox for two films


Made radio debut opposite Tyrone Power and David Niven in "The Bishop's Wife" on "Lux Radio Theater"


First received star billing above the title in "They Won't Believe Me"


Contract renegotiated to $1000/week after success in "Out of the Past"


Acted in first color feature, "Sinbad the Sailor"


Sang two songs for her role in "The Falcon's Alibi"


First screen credit as 'Jane Greer' in "Dick Tracy"


Became restless to make a screen appearance; ended contractual agreement with Hughes


Signed with RKO for $100 a week; made film debut in "Two O'Clock Courage" (released 1945), billed seventh, as 'Bettejane Greer'


Became reacquainted with Vallee; sang at several of his Coast Guard band's appearances


Arrived with her mother in Hollywood


Featured in a recruitment poster and a "Life" magazine photo spread for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (later the Women's Army Corps)


Made screen test for David O. Selznick in New York; Selznick uninterested, but Howard Hughes signed her to a contract


Optioned by Paramount for 30 days as a result of appearance in "Life"; option dropped because studio claimed to have "so many of her type" already


Contacted by Rudy Vallee, who expressed personal and professional interest in Greer; offers rejected


Diagnosed with Bell's palsy at age 15, which caused a degree of facial paralysis


Worked for a period as a child model

Worked as a band singer with Ralph Hawkins's band; later sang with Enric Madriguera's orchestra at the Club Del Rio in Washington, DC

Was earning $500/week in 1946 and $750/week in 1947

Husband Edward Lasker negotiated a settlement to Greer's contract with RKO (now owned by Howard Hughes); signed short-term agreement with MGM

Acted during the 1980s in recurring roles on the TV series "Falcon Crest", "thirtysomething" and "Twin Peaks"

Bonus Trivia


She headed the GI Gift Lift for the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, which supplied Christmas present for United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed in Korea (1949).