in Invisible Stripes (1939)
June 11, 1918
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Died||April 8, 2009
Pebble Beach, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Justin Dart (m. 1939–1984)|
Jane Bryan (June 11, 1918 – April 8, 2009) was an American actress who was being prepared by the Warner Bros. studio to become one of their leading ladies until she married a drugstore magnate in 1940 and retired.
She was born Jane O'Brien in Hollywood, California. Her screen career lasted only four years, but she appeared in prominent roles in several memorable films, including Marked Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart; Kid Galahad (1937) with Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, and Humphrey Bogart; A Slight Case of Murder (1938) with Edward G. Robinson; Each Dawn I Die (1939) with James Cagney and George Raft; and Invisible Stripes (1939) with George Raft, William Holden, and Humphrey Bogart.
Jane Bryan married wealthy businessman and entrepreneur Justin Dart on New Year's Eve, 1939. Dart took over the then-floundering Rexall Drug chain in 1945 and build it into Dart-Kraft Inc., a food and consumer products conglomerate.
Justin and Jane Dart were staunch Republicans and helped persuade their personal friend, former California governor Ronald Reagan, to run for President of the United States in 1980. She and her husband were married until his death in 1984.
Jane Bryan Dart died at her home on April 8, 2009, aged 90, in Pebble Beach, California, following a lengthy illness. She was survived by her three children, Guy Michael Dart, Jane Dart Tucker and Stephen M. Dart; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William and Donald O'Brien.
- The Case of the Black Cat (1936)
- The Captain's Kid (1936)
- Under Southern Stars (1937)
- Marked Woman (1937)
- The Cherokee Strip (1937)
- Kid Galahad (1937)
- Confession (1937)
- A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
- The Sisters (1938)
- Girls on Probation (1938)
- Brother Rat (1938)
- The Man Who Dared (1939)
- Each Dawn I Die (1939)
- The Old Maid (1939)
- These Glamour Girls (1939)
- We Are Not Alone (1939)
- Invisible Stripes (1939)
- Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)
- Nelson, Valerie J. (April 11, 2009). "Jane O'Brien Dart dies at 90; actress and her husband were in Reagan's inner circle". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 11, 2009.
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