Jane Nigh

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Jane Nigh
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Bonnie Lenora Nigh

(1925-02-25)February 25, 1925
DiedOctober 5, 1993(1993-10-05) (aged 68)
Years active1944–1961
Victor Cutler
(m. 1946; div. 1946)

John E. Baker
(m. 1952; div. 1961)

Norman Davidson, Jr.
(m. 1963; div. 1964)

(m. 1966; div. 1968)

Bonnie Lenora "Jane" Nigh[1] (25 February 1925 – 5 October 1993) was an American actress, born in Hollywood, California.[2] Her sister, Nancy, was also an actress, and her mother worked in research at a film studio.[3]

She was discovered in 1944 by Arthur Wenzler while working in a defense plant. (Another source identifies Ivan Kahn as the 20th Century Fox talent scout.)[4] She later signed a contract with Fox Studios. She appeared in more than 40 films and television shows, including State Fair (1945), Give My Regards to Broadway (1948, as June Nigh) and County Fair (1950).

She also had starring roles in a pair of Monogram Pictures films, Blue Grass of Kentucky and Rodeo.

Nigh, along with Patrick McVey, co-starred in the TV series Big Town, with McVey playing the city editor of a newspaper, and Nigh his secretary. She had the role of Lorelei Kilourne two seasons, 1951 - 1953.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Nigh was married four times, to three men, all ending in divorce. Her longest marriage was to her second husband, Navy Lieutenant John Baker,[4] while she was married twice to Norman Davidson Jr.; she had a total of four children, three girls and a boy, though her first, a girl, died very soon after birth in 1952.[6]

Nigh and actor Victor Cutler were divorced September 5, 1946.[7]

She died on October 5, 1993 of a stroke at the age of 68.


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Laura Secretary Uncredited
1944 Something for the Boys Army Wife Uncredited
1945 State Fair Eleanor
1945 House of Dracula Villager Uncredited
1946 Whistle Stop Josie Veech
1946 Dragonwyck Tabitha Wells Uncredited
1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Cynthia's Sister (scenes deleted)
1947 Unconquered Evelyn
1948 Sitting Pretty Mabel Phillips Uncredited
1948 Give My Regards to Broadway May Norwick
1948 Cry of the City Nurse Uncredited
1948 Leather Gloves Cathy
1949 Red, Hot and Blue Angelica Roseanne aka No-No
1949 Zamba Carol
1949 Fighting Man of the Plains Florence Peel
1949 Captain Carey, U.S.A. Nancy
1950 Blue Grass of Kentucky Pat Armistead
1950 Operation Haylift Pat Rogers
1950 Motor Patrol Sherry Bliss
1950 County Fair Loretta Ryan
1950 Border Treasure Stella
1950 Rio Grande Patrol Sherry Bliss
1951 Blue Blood Eileen Buchanan
1951 Disc Jockey Marion
1952 Fort Osage Ann Pickett
1952 Rodeo Nancy Cartwright
1957 Hold That Hypnotist Cleo Daniels


  1. ^ "(photo caption)". The Daily Notes. Pennsylvania, Huntingdon. October 28, 1946. p. 9. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ "Hollywood Film Shop". The Bakersfield Californian. California, Bakersfield. United Press. September 7, 1949. p. 19. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Carroll, Harrison (October 4, 1948). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Daily Clintonian. Indiana, Clinton. King Features Syndicate. p. 4. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ a b "Shy Jane Nigh Conquers TV". Tucson Daily Citizen. Arizona, Tucson. January 12, 1953. p. 56. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 104.
  6. ^ http://www.glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com/show/459/Jane+Nigh/index.html
  7. ^ "Gets Divorce". Santa Cruz Sentinel. California, Santa Cruz. United Press. September 6, 1946. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access

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