Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman, born Sarah Jane Mayfield, was an American singer, dancer, and character actress of film and television. She began her film career in the 1930s, and was a prolific performer for two decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and later achieved success during the 1980s for her leading role in the television series Falcon Crest. Wyman was the first wife of Ronald Reagan.
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What's a Presidential Library to Do?
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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- When Republicans gathered at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum here for the presidential debate last week, the backdrop was an overhauled exhibition on the Reagan presidency, done under the watchful eye of Nancy Reagan. It is intended, in part, to be a more complete depiction of the Reagan presidency, replacing one that
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Television movies for the week of Aug. 28 - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Jane Wyman. A drama student and her father help a young man on the run. (NR) (2:00) TCM: Wed. 1:15 PM • Star Maps '97. Douglas Spain. The patriarch of a dysfunctional Los Angeles family sends his teen son, an aspiring actor, to work as a prostitute
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It is Not 1948 - BusinessWeek
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Jane Wyman ditched Ronald Reagan. And, the Candid Camera-watching US, spent 17.1 percent of what we made on Government. The 6.18 page CBO summary is brilliant. Taut, focused, must-read about your children's non-future. I will steal Summary Figure 2 for
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Fighting divorce could save government billions: divorce-reform advocates - Lifesite
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McManus quotes Michael Reagan, whose parents Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman divorced, who wrote: “Divorce is where two adults take everything that matters to a child – the child's home, family, security and sense of being loved and protected – and they
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Michael Reagan lends hand to local anti-abortion group - The Detroit News
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His birth mother was unwed and gave him up for adoption to President Ronald Reagan and first wife, Jane Wyman, three days after his birth. "I'm here because I had a birth mother who made the right birth choice back in 1945," he said
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
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Reagan was the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and actress Jane Wyman. In 2001, the divorce between Hollywood actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman was finalized. The couple split after eleven years of marriage. In 2004, Detroit Lions running
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'Gone with the Wind' actor Mickey Kuhn recalls film experiences - Gadsden Times
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However, he had parts in other movies and appeared with a number of Hollywood legends such as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Bette Davis and Jane Wyman, in addition to the cast of “GWTW,” before leaving Hollywood in 1962 for a career in the Navy and then
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Sydney Film Festival 2011—Part 6: Douglas Sirk's elegant imitations of life - World Socialist Web Site
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Realising his selfishness, Merrick attempts to secure the forgiveness of the doctor's widow, Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman), but is responsible for another terrible accident and she is blinded. Hopelessly in love with Phillips, he realises that he must
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Mrs. Ford a rare divorcee among presidential wives - Newnan Times-Herald
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Actress Jane Wyman was married to and divorced from Ronald Reagan before he married Nancy Davis and began his political career. Miss Wyman, who won an Academy Award for the lead role in "Johnny Belinda" and starred in the popular television drama,
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What Rolando Tinio told me - Inquirer.net
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His idea of good acting is Jane Wyman of “Falcon Crest,” whom he considers the greatest American actress ever. “In a matter of a few seconds she can register in her face the nuances of adolescent vulnerability, greed and maternal love, in one instant
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DONALD CLARKE ' s Weekly Movie Quiz - Irish Times
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5 Which future politician was married to Jane Wyman (pictured)? 6 The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon . What comes next? 7 “Yeah, now all you have to do is hold the chicken, bring me the toast, give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich,
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Here's to Reagan: his kind light up our political world - Left Foot Forward
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I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady! And Jack Benny is Secretary of the Treasury!” And much of the world still has the same attitude. It is as unbelievable that Ronald Reagan could be president as the suggestion that George W Bush could be
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Reagan son: Good things for Dad began in Anaheim - OCRegister
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"All things good really started here in Anaheim for my father," said Michael Reagan, 66, who was adopted as a baby by Ronald Reagan and his first wife, actress Jane Wyman. •In 1955, he served as announcer at the opening of Disneyland
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Reagan: the unlikely president who left a lasting legacy - Herald Scotland
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He had married the actress Jane Wyman in the embarrassingly named Wee Kirk O' The Heather, a chapel in the grounds of the old Hollywood cemetery. The union was a disaster. Ms Wyman found Mr Reagan, the future “great communicator”, cold and boring
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What's On Today
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8 P.M. (Showtime) THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE (2010) Kristen Stewart, center, reprises her role as Bella Swan, who must choose between her love for the vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson, right) and her friendship with the werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner, left) while being pursued by a vengeful bloodsucker, Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard). ''If there is
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jane Wyman
  • 2007
    Age 90
    Wyman died at the age of 90 at her Rancho Mirage home on September 10, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman's son, Michael Reagan, released a statement saying: Wyman reportedly died in her sleep of natural causes. A member of the Dominican Order (as a lay tertiary) of the Roman Catholic Church, she was buried in a nun's habit. She was interred at Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. For several years, film exhibitors voted Wyman as among the most popular stars in the country: Wyman has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for motion pictures at 6607 Hollywood Boulevard and one for television at 1620 Vine Street.
  • 2004
    Age 87
    Wyman broke her silence about her former husband upon his death in 2004, attending his funeral and issuing an official statement that read, "America has lost a great president and a great, kind, and gentle man."
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  • 2001
    Age 84
    After Falcon Crest ended, Wyman made a guest appearance on the CBS series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and then completely retired from acting, spending her retirement painting and entertaining friends. A recluse, Wyman made only a few public appearances in her last years in part due to suffering from diabetes and arthritis, although she did attend her daughter Maureen's funeral in 2001 after the latter's death from cancer. (Ronald Reagan was unable to attend due to his Alzheimer's disease.) She also attended the funeral of her long-time friend Loretta Young in 2000.
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  • 1993
    Age 76
    After Falcon Crest, Wyman acted only once more, playing Jane Seymour's screen mother in a 1993 episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, she retired from acting permanently. Wyman had starred in 83 movies and two successful TV series, and was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning once. Wyman married four times.
  • 1990
    Age 73
    Against her doctor's advice, she returned for the final three episodes in 1990, even writing a soliloquy for the series finale.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman ultimately appeared in almost every episode until the beginning of the ninth and final season, for a total of 208 of the show's 227 episodes.
  • 1989
    Age 72
    Wyman was absent for most of the ninth and final season of Falcon Crest in 1989–1990 (her character was written out of the series by making her comatose in a hospital bed following an attempted murder).
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    Months later in 1989, Wyman collapsed on the set and was hospitalized due to problems with diabetes and a liver ailment.
    More Details Hide Details Her doctors told her that she should end her acting career.
  • 1988
    Age 71
    However, she wanted to continue working, and she completed the rest of the 1988–1989 season while her health continued to deteriorate.
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    In 1988, she missed another episode due to ill health and was told by her doctors to avoid work.
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  • 1986
    Age 69
    In 1986, she had abdominal surgery which caused her to miss two episodes (her character simply "disappeared" under mysterious circumstances).
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  • 1985
    Age 68
    Cesar Romero appeared from 1985 to 1987 on Falcon Crest as the romantic interest of Angela Channing.
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  • 1984
    Age 67
    Her 1984 Golden Globe nomination resulted in a win for Wyman, who took home the award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Series.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the show's run, Wyman suffered several health problems.
  • 1983
    Age 66
    For her role as Angela Channing, Wyman was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award five times (for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role and for Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time Serial), and was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1983 and 1984.
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  • 1981
    Age 64
    In the spring of 1981, Wyman's career enjoyed a resurgence when she was cast as the scheming Californian vintner and matriarch Angela Channing in The Vintage Years, which was retooled as the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest.
    More Details Hide Details The series, which ran from December 1981 to May 1990, was created by Earl Hamner, who had created The Waltons a decade earlier. Also starring on the show was an already established character actress, Susan Sullivan, as Angela's niece-in-law, Maggie Gioberti, and the relatively unknown actor Lorenzo Lamas as Angela's irresponsible grandson, Lance Cumson. The on- and off-screen chemistry between Wyman and Lamas helped fuel the series' success. In its first season, Falcon Crest was a ratings hit, behind other 1980s prime-time soap operas, such as Dallas and Knots Landing, but initially ahead of rival Dynasty.
  • 1980
    Age 63
    In spite of her divorce, she still voted for her former husband in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections, according to her former personal assistant.
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  • 1961
    Age 44
    They remarried on March 11, 1961, and Karger divorced her again on March 9, 1965.
    More Details Hide Details According to The New York Times report of the divorce, the bandleader charged that the actress "had walked out on him." Wyman had a stepdaughter, Terry, from Karger's first marriage to Patti Sacks.
  • 1957
    Age 40
    She hosted an anthology television series, Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details The ratings steadily declined, however, and the show ended after three seasons. She was later cast in two unsold pilots during the 1960s and 1970s. After those pilots were not picked up, Wyman went into semiretirement and remained there for most of the 1970s, although she did make guest appearances on Charlie's Angels and The Love Boat.
  • 1955
    Age 38
    Her first guest-starring television role was on a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater, a show hosted by her former husband Ronald Reagan.
    More Details Hide Details This appearance led to roles on Summer Playhouse, Lux Playhouse, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Checkmate, The Investigators, and Wagon Train. She guest-starred in 1959 on The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford on NBC. She was hostess of The Bell Telephone Hour and Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre. She had telling roles in both The Sixth Sense and Insight, among other programs.
  • 1953
    Age 36
    Wyman, who had converted to Catholicism in 1953, never remarried.
    More Details Hide Details She was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.
  • 1952
    Age 35
    Following her divorce from Reagan, Wyman married German-American Hollywood music director and composer Frederick M. "Fred" Karger (1916–1979) on November 1, 1952, at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara. They separated on November 7, 1954, and were granted an interlocutory divorce decree on December 7, 1954; the divorce was finalized on December 30, 1955.
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  • 1948
    Age 31
    She filed for divorce in 1948; the divorce was finalized in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Ronald Reagan is the only U.S. president to have been divorced, and Wyman was the first and only former wife of a United States president who was still living at the time her former husband became president. Although she remained silent during Reagan's political career, she told a newspaper interviewer in 1968 that this was not because she was bitter or because she didn't agree with him politically. "I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about former husbands and former wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics."
  • 1946
    Age 29
    She was nominated for the 1946 Academy Award for Best Actress for The Yearling (1946), and won two years later for her role as a deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda (1948).
    More Details Hide Details She was the first person in the sound era to win an acting Oscar without speaking a line of dialogue. In an amusing acceptance speech, perhaps poking fun at some of her long-winded counterparts, Wyman took her statue and said only, "I accept this, very gratefully, for keeping my mouth shut once. I think I'll do it again." The Oscar win gave her the ability to choose higher-profile roles, although she still showed a liking for musical comedy. She worked with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock on Stage Fright (1950), Frank Capra on Here Comes the Groom (1951), and Michael Curtiz on The Story of Will Rogers (1952). She starred in The Glass Menagerie (1950), Just for You (1952), Let's Do It Again (1953), The Blue Veil (1951) (another Oscar nomination), the remake of Edna Ferber's So Big (1953), Magnificent Obsession (1954) (Oscar nomination), Lucy Gallant (1955), All That Heaven Allows (1955), and Miracle in the Rain (1956). She replaced the ailing Gene Tierney in Holiday for Lovers (1959), and next appeared in Pollyanna (1960), Bon Voyage! (1962), and her final big screen movie, How to Commit Marriage (1969).
  • 1941
    Age 24
    In 1941, she appeared in You're in the Army Now, in which Regis Toomey and she had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details Wyman finally gained critical notice in the film noir The Lost Weekend (1945).
  • 1940
    Age 23
    She was also the first wife of Ronald Reagan; they married in 1940 and divorced in 1949.
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  • 1939
    Age 22
    In 1939, Wyman starred in Torchy Plays With Dynamite.
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  • 1938
    Age 21
    As Wyman wanted children but Futterman did not, they separated after only three months of marriage and divorced on December 5, 1938. In 1938, Wyman co-starred with Ronald Reagan in Brother Rat (1938), and its sequel Brother Rat and a Baby (1940). They were engaged at the Chicago Theatre, and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather Church, Glendale, California.
    More Details Hide Details She and Reagan had three children; Maureen Elizabeth Reagan (1941–2001), their adopted son Michael Edward Reagan (born March 18, 1945), and Christine Reagan (born prematurely on June 26, 1947, and died later the same day). This event soured their marriage irreparably. Wyman stated that their break-up was due to a difference in politics (Ronald Reagan was still a Democrat at the time).
  • 1937
    Age 20
    Wyman married Myron Martin Futterman (1900–1965), a dress manufacturer, in New Orleans on June 29, 1937.
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  • 1936
    Age 19
    After changing her name from Jane Durrell to Jane Wyman, she began her career as a contract player with Warner Bros. in 1936.
    More Details Hide Details Her big break came the following year, when she received her first starring role in Public Wedding.
  • 1932
    Age 15
    After dropping out of Lafayette in 1932, at age 15, she returned to Hollywood, taking on odd jobs as a manicurist and a switchboard operator, before obtaining small parts in such films as The Kid from Spain (as a "Goldwyn Girl"; 1932), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Cain and Mabel (1936).
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  • 1928
    Age 11
    In 1928, aged 11, she moved to southern California with her foster mother, but it is not known for certain if she attempted a career in motion pictures at this time, or if the relocation was because some of Fulks' children also lived in the area.
    More Details Hide Details In 1930, the two moved back to Missouri, where Sarah Jane attended Lafayette High School in Saint Joseph. That same year, she began a radio singing career, calling herself "Jane Durrell" and adding years to her birthdate to work legally, as she would have been underaged.
  • 1920
    Age 3
    The 1920 census, though, has her at three and living in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details After Wyman's death, a release posted on her official website confirmed these details. In October 1921, her mother filed for divorce, and her father died unexpectedly the following year at age 27. After her father's death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (1866–1951) and Richard D. Fulks (1862–1928), the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph. She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and, apparently, her first marriage certificate. Her unsettled family life resulted in few pleasurable memories. Wyman later said, "I was raised with such strict discipline that it was years before I could reason myself out of the bitterness I brought from my childhood."
    The 1920 census shows her to still be the only child from the marriage.
    More Details Hide Details The Mayfields divorced the following year. Although her birthdate has been widely reported for many years as January 4, 1914, research by biographers and genealogists indicates she actually was born 3 years later. The most likely reason for the 1914 year of birth is that she added to her age so as to be able to work and act while still a minor. She may have moved her birthday back by one day to January 4 so as to share the same birthday as her daughter, Maureen (January 4, 1941 – August 8, 2001).
  • 1917
    Age 0
    Her parents were married in March 1916 in Jackson County, Missouri, and Wyman was born in January 1917.
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