Jane Wyman

Actor, Singer, Radio vocalist
An Academy Award winner for "Johnny Belinda" (1948), Jane Wyman overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the most respected dramatic actresses of the late '40s and early '50s. She later received two Emmy ... Read more »
Born: 01/05/1917 in St Joseph, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: Acting the Part 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Rock Hudson: Tall, Dark & Handsome 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Narrator

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Remembering Bing 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Amanda Fallon 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Amanda Fallon 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Commit Marriage 1969 (Movie)

Elaine Benson (Actor)

Bon Voyage! 1961 (Movie)

Kate Willard (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

Pollyanna 1960 (Movie)

Aunt Polly (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday For Lovers 1958 (Movie)

Mary Dean (Actor)

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle in the Rain 1956 (Movie)

Ruth Wood (Actor)

All That Heaven Allows 1955 (Movie)

Cary Scott (Actor)

Lucy Gallant 1955 (Movie)

Lucy Gallant (Actor)

Magnificent Obsession 1954 (Movie)

Helen Phillips (Actor)

Let's Do It Again 1953 (Movie)

Constance Stuart (Actor)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

Selina DeJong (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

Louise Mason (Actor)

Stage Fright 1950 (Movie)

Eve Gill (Actor)

The Glass Menagerie 1950 (Movie)

Laura Wingfield (Actor)

The Lost Weekend 1945 (Movie)

Helen St. James (Actor)

Larceny, Inc. 1941 (Movie)

Denny Costello (Actor)

Tugboat Annie Sails Again 1940 (Movie)

Peggy Armstrong (Actor)

An Angel From Texas 1939 (Movie)

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Brother Rat and a Baby 1939 (Movie)

Claire Ramm (Actor)

Brother Rat 1938 (Movie)

Claire Adams (Actor)

Mr. Dodd Takes the Air 1936 (Movie)

Marjorie Day (Actor)

Gold Diggers of 1937 1935 (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

My Man Godfrey 1935 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Kiss in the Dark (Movie)

Polly Haines (Actor)

All the King's Horses (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Anything Goes (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Bad Men of Missouri (Movie)

Mary Hathaway (Actor)

College Rhythm (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Elmer the Great (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Fools for Scandal (Movie)

Bit part (Actor)

Footlight Serenade (Movie)

Flo LaVerne (Actor)

Gambling on the High Seas (Movie)

Laurie Ogden (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Emmadel Jones (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

It's a Great Feeling (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Johnny Belinda (Movie)

Belinda McDonald (Actor)

Just for You (Movie)

Carolina Hill (Actor)

Magic Town (Movie)

Mary Peterman (Actor)

Make Your Own Bed (Movie)

Susan Courtney (Actor)

My Love Came Back (Movie)

Joy O'Keefe (Actor)

One More Tomorrow (Movie)

Fran Connors (Actor)

Polo Joe (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Private Detective (Movie)

Myrna Winslow (Actor)

Ready, Willing and Able (Movie)

Dot (Actor)

Slim (Movie)

Stumpy's Girl Friend (Actor)

Starlift (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Stolen Harmony (Movie)

Girl (Actor)

Tail Spin (Movie)

Alabama (Actor)

The Body Disappears (Movie)

Lynn Shotesbury (Actor)

The Crowd Roars (Movie)

Vivian (Actor)

The Doughgirls (Movie)

Vivian Marsden (Actor)

The Failing of Raymond (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid from Kokomo (Movie)

Marian Bronson (Actor)

The King and the Chorus Girl (Movie)

Babette (Actor)

The Singing Marine (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

The Spy Ring (Movie)

Elaine Burdette (Actor)

The Story of Will Rogers (Movie)

Betty Rogers (Actor)

Three Guys Named Mike (Movie)

Mary Lewis (Actor)

Torchy Plays with Dynamite (Movie)

Torchy Blane (Actor)

Wide Open Faces (Movie)

Betty Martin (Actor)

Biography

An Academy Award winner for "Johnny Belinda" (1948), Jane Wyman overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the most respected dramatic actresses of the late '40s and early '50s. She later received two Emmy nominations for her own television anthology series in the late Fifties, but went into semi-retirement until the early 1980s, when she was top-billed as the vicious matriarch Angela Channing in the popular primetime soap "Falcon Crest" (CBS, 1981-1990), which earned her a Golden Globe. Wyman was also noted for her marriage to future U.S. President Ronald Reagan from 1940-48 and during their time together as husband and wife, they were one of the most popular couples in Hollywood, with young fans soaking up all the information on their seemingly happy marriage in all the major movie magazines of the day. To her credit, even after he ex-husband and father of two of her children became first a California governor and then the leader of the free world, she opted to not speak publicly about Reagan for her own personal reasons, taking any details of their long-ago love story to her grave.

Relationships

Myron Futterman

Husband
married and divorced in the 1930s

Fred Karger

Husband
married in 1952 divorced in 1954 remarried in 1963 divorced a second time in 1965

Maureen Reagan

Daughter
died on August 8, 2001 at age 60 of skin cancer

Ronald Reagan

Husband
married in 1940 divorced in 1948 after "retiring" from acting served as governor of California and was elected as the 40th President of the United States

Michael Reagan

Son
adopted

EDUCATION

University of Missouri

Milestones

1968

Made one-shot return to films for "How to Commit Marriage"

1962

Last feature film for seven years, "Bon Voyage!"

1954

Made the annual exhibitors poll of the top ten box office stars, primarily on the strength of the reception of the soap opera, "Magnificent Obsession", which was directed by Douglas Sirk and made Rock Hudson a star; Wyman placed 9th in the top ten lineup

1951

Starred opposite Bing Crosby in two musical comedy-dramas, "Here Comes the Groom" (in which the pair introduced the Oscar-winning song, "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening") and "Just for You"

1948

Confirmed full-fledged star status with "Johnny Belinda"; earned Best Actress Academy Award

1946

Received first Oscar nomination as Best Actress with her role in "The Yearling" opposite Gregory Peck and Claude Jarman Jr.

1944

Notable career break, "The Lost Weekend"

1936

Signed contract with Warner Bros.

1936

Film acting debut in "Gold Diggers of 1937"

1935

First film appearance (as a chorus dancer) in "King of Burlesque"

Played Angela Channing on the CBS primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest"

Worked as a dancer

Had hip replacement surgery in the early 1990s

Began career as radio singer

Hosted and sometimes performed on TV's "Fireside Theater", eventually renamed "The Jane Wyman Theatre/The Jane Wyman Show"

Bonus Trivia

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Jane Wyman's memorable acceptance speech upon receiving the Oscar for her role as a deaf-mute in "Johnny Belinda" (1948) went something like this: "I gratefully accept this award for keeping my mouth shut. I think I'll do it again."

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In 1954 Wyman made the annual exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing ninth.

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Besides her Oscar win for "Johnny Belinda", Wyman was nominated as Best Actress for "The Yearling" (1946), "The Blue Veil" (1951) and "Magnificent Obsession" (1954). She was also twice nominated for an Emmy for her work on "The Jane Wyman Theatre" in 1957 and 1959.

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She received the Golda Meir Award from Hebrew University (1991)

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