Jane Wyatt

Actor
Best known for her work on the enduring television sitcom "Father Knows Best" (CBS/NBC, 1954-1960), Jane Wyatt had displayed her talents in numerous stage and film productions before landing the role that brought her ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1910 in Campgaw, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Amityville: The Evil Escapes 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Noel: Best Wishes For a Merry Christmas 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 1989 Mother/Daughter USA Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

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NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek IV 1986 (Movie)

Amanda--Human Mother of Spock (Actor)

The Millionaire 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Katherine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Treasure of Matecumbe 1976 (Movie)

Aunt Effie (Actor)

Tom Sawyer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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You'll Never See Me Again 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Star Trek 1966 - 1968 (Tv Show)

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Father Knows Best 1954 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Never Too Late 1965 (Movie)

Grace Kimbrough (Actor)

See How They Run 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

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Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)

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The Two Little Bears 1960 (Movie)

Anne Davis (Actor)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Interlude 1957 (Movie)

Prue Stubbins (Actor)

The Nash Airflyte Theater 1950 - 1951 (TV Show)

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House By the River 1949 (Movie)

Marjorie Byrne (Actor)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

Mrs Harvey (Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

None But the Lonely Heart 1943 (Movie)

Aggie Hunter (Actor)

The Kansan 1942 (Movie)

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The Navy Comes Through 1941 (Movie)

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Lost Horizon 1936 (Movie)

Sondra (Actor)

One More River 1933 (Movie)

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Amelia Earhart (TV Show)

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Superdome (TV Show)

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The Nativity (TV Show)

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Weekend of Terror (TV Show)

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Biography

Best known for her work on the enduring television sitcom "Father Knows Best" (CBS/NBC, 1954-1960), Jane Wyatt had displayed her talents in numerous stage and film productions before landing the role that brought her into millions of American living rooms each week. After earning a measure of success on Broadway in the classic farce "Dinner at Eight" (1932-33), the pretty brunette was offered a movie contract and made a splash in Frank Capra's revered fantasy "Lost Horizon" (1937). The efforts that followed were usually not top flight, but included occasional gems like "None but the Lonely Heart" (1944), "Boomerang!" (1947), and "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), and Wyatt was usually up for the demands of her parts. Ironically, the New Jersey native's blacklisting in the early 1950s for liberal sentiments led her to concentrate on television assignments and that was likely instrumental in Wyatt joining the cast of "Father Knows Best." As one of the model TV mothers of the 1950s, she was able to overcome the limitations of the character with a disarming combination of cordiality and charm, and the program became a cultural touchstone of its time. While she displayed sufficient diversity, Wyatt was never a major Broadway or motion picture star, but her place in show business legend was secured by "Father Knows Best" and the conviviality she displayed as the matriarch of an idealized 1950s middle-class household.

Relationships

Christopher Ward

Son

Michael Ward

Son

Edgar Ward

Husband
married from 1935 until his death on November 8, 2000 at age 93

Christopher Wyatt

Father

Euphemia Wyatt

Mother

EDUCATION

Miss Chapin's School

New York , New York

Barnard College

New York , New York

Apprentice School, Berkshire Playhouse

Stockbridge , Massachusetts

Milestones

1995

Suffered mild stroke

1989

Was one of the judges for the "Mother/Daughter USA Pageant"

1986

Made another one-shot return to features after a decade absence; recreated the role of Amanda for the feature film, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"

1977

Reprised the role of Margaret Anderson for two TV-movies, "Father Knows Best: The Father Knows Best Reunion" and "Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas"

1976

Re-entered motion pictures after 11-year absence to act in "Treasure of Matecumbe"

1967

Fondly remembered career highlight: Playing Amanda, the human mother of the half-Vulcan Mr. Spock on the cult science-fiction TV series, "Star Trek"; guest starred on the episode "Journey to Babel"

1966

Hosted the ABC talk show (with dramatizations included), "Confidential for Women"

1965

Last film for 11 years, "Never Too Late"

1964

First TV-movie, "See How They Run"

1957

Only feature film during the run of "Father Knows Best", "Interlude"

1954

Played Margaret Anderson on the popular family sitcom, "Father Knows Best" (which aired on both CBS and NBC during it initial run)

1952

Made her TV debut guesting on an installment of the anthology drama series, "Robert Montgomery Presents"

1951

Last film for six years, "Criminal Lawyer"

1950

Returned to the New York stage to play the role of Nina Denery in "The Autumn Garden"

1948

First film in color, "Canadian Pacific" (released in 1949)

1940

Returned to the New York stage to act in "Night Music"

1937

Played one of the female leads in her best-remembered feature film, "Lost Horizon"

1934

Played first female lead in a film, "Great Expectations"

1934

Signed by Universal Studios; first film, "One More River"

1933

Took over Margaret Sullavan's role in the hit Broadway play "Dinner at Eight" after Sullavan left the cast

1932

Stage breakthrough: played ingenue lead in "Give Me Yesterday"

1930

Broadway acting debut as understudy, aged 19, to Rose Hobart in the play, "Tradewinds"; that same year, also understudied Katherine Wilson in the play, "The Vinegar Tree"

Played recurring role of Katherine Auschlander on several episodes of the popular NBC medical drama series, "St. Elsewhere" (dates approximate)

Was a panelist on the syndicated TV game show, "Oh My Word"

Bonus Trivia

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Information on Wyatt's date of birth varies somewhat, with the year wavering between 1910 and 1913, with most sources giving either 1910 or 1912. There is also some variance with the day; several sources give August 12, though more claim August 10.

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