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: 09/08/1924 in Washington, Washington D.C., USA

Filmography

Actor (36)

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

Actor

Perfect Mate 1996 (Movie)

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Unscripted Hollywood 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

Michael's Mother (Actor)

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

Ruth Chadwick (Actor)

The Insiders 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Wyler (Actor)

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

Actor

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)

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The Clown 1952 (Movie)

Paula Henderson (Actor)

The Prisoner of Zenda 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

You For Me 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Company She Keeps 1951 (Movie)

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

Ellie (Actor)

The Big Steal 1949 (Movie)

Joan Graham (Actor)

Station West 1948 (Movie)

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Out of the Past 1947 (Movie)

Kathie Moffett (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

They Won't Believe Me 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sunset Pass 1946 (Movie)

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The Bamboo Blonde 1946 (Movie)

Eileen Sawyer (Actor)

The Falcon's Alibi 1946 (Movie)

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Dick Tracy 1945 (Movie)

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George White's Scandals 1945 (Movie)

Billie Randall (Actor)

Two O'Clock Courage 1945 (Movie)

Helen Carter (Actor)

Pan-Americana 1944 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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".

Relationships

Charles Greer

Father
died August, 1963

Bettejane Greer

Mother
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

Brother
Greer's twin

Edward Lasker

Husband
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

Son
born on June 23, 1948 attended the UCLA film school

Lawrence Lasker

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

Steven Lasker

Son
born on May 9, 1954

Frank London

Companion
died in January 2001

Rudy Vallee Actor

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

EDUCATION

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

Milestones

1984

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

1973

Retured to films for "The Outfit"

1964

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

1963

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

1956

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

1953

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

1953

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

1950

Loaned out to 20th Century-Fox for two films

1949

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

1947

Acted in first color feature, "Sinbad the Sailor"

1947

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

1947

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

1946

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

1944

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

1943

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

1943

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

1942

Arrived with her mother in Hollywood

1942

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

1941

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

1941

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

1941

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

1941

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

1940

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

1936

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

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

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

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

Bonus Trivia

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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).

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