Janet Gaynor

Actor, Usher, Painter
A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films through her sister ... Read more »
Born: 10/06/1906 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernardine 1957 (Movie)

Mrs Wilson (Actor)

The Young in Heart 1937 (Movie)

George-Anne Carleton (Actor)

A Star Is Born 1936 (Movie)

Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester (Actor)

The Farmer Takes a Wife 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happy Days 1930 (Movie)

(Actor)

Four Devils 1927 (Movie)

Marion (Actor)

Street Angel 1927 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Seventh Heaven 1926 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

Sunrise 1926 (Movie)

(Actor)

Adorable (Movie)

The Girl (Actor)

Delicious (Movie)

Heather Gordon (Actor)

High Society Blues (Movie)

Eleanor Divine (Actor)

Ladies in Love (Movie)

Martha Kerenye (Actor)

Lucky Star (Movie)

Mary Tucker (Actor)

Paddy, the Next Best Thing (Movie)

Paddy Adair (Actor)

State Fair (Movie)

Margie Frake (Actor)

Sunny (Movie)

Molly Carr (Actor)

Sunny Side Up (Movie)

Molly Carr (Actor)

Tess of the Storm Country (Movie)

Tess Howland (Actor)

The Return of Peter Grimm (Movie)

Catherine (Actor)

Biography

A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films through her sister, a secretary for Hal Roach. In 1925-26, she appeared in a number of shorts (including several Glenn Tryon Westerns) and as an extra in features. Her first break was a supporting role in "The Johnstown Flood" (1926), which began her long association with Fox.

Relationships

Adrian Costume Designer

Husband
Married from 1939 until his death in 1959

Robin Adrian

Son
born on July 7, 1940

Laura Buhl

Mother
divorced from Gainor's father in 1914 remarried in 1922

Frank Gainor

Father
divorced Gaynor's mother in 1914 was an amateur singer

Helen Gainor

Sister
born in 1902

Paul Gregory

Husband
Married from 1964 until her death 1984

Harry Jones

Step-Father
married Gaynor's mother in 1922

Jesse Lydell Peck

Husband

EDUCATION

Hollywood Secretarial School

Los Angeles , California 1923
attended for less than a year

Polytechnic High School

San Francisco , California 1923

Milestones

1982

Severely injured in a car accident; broke 11 ribs, her pelvis and collarbone; reportedly never fully recovered

1976

Exhibited paintings in New York

1957

One-shot return to films in "Bernardine"

1938

Last film for nearly two decades, "The Young in Heart"

1934

Last film with Farrell, "Change of Heart"

1927

First film with Charles Farrell, "Seventh Heaven"

1926

Began screen acting career; appeared in such films as "The Midnight Kiss", "The Blue Eagle", "The Shamrock Handicap" and "The Johnstown Flood", often paired with Pee Wee Holmes and Ben Corbett or Edmund Cobb

1924

Screen debut as an extra in "All Wet"

1922

When mother remarried, relocated to San Francisco

After parents' divorce, moved to Chicago with mother and older sister

Raised in Pennsylvania and Maryland

Acted on TV in such anthology drama shows as "Lux Video Theater" and "Chrysler Medallion Theater"; also filmed a pilot in the later 50s for "The Janet Gaynor Show"

Bonus Trivia

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As a child, she was known to her family as Lolly.

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Gaynor appeared on the annual motion picture exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars a number of times after its formation. She made one such list in 1931, placed second on the "Motion Picture Annual"'s list in 1932 and third in both 1933 and 1934.

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