Jane Wyman

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Jane Wyman

Wyman in the 1950s
Sarah Jane Mayfield

(1917-01-05)January 5, 1917
DiedSeptember 10, 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 90)
Resting placeForest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • producer
  • philanthropist
Years active1932–1993
Known forThe Lost Weekend
The Yearling
Johnny Belinda
Stage Fright
The Blue Veil
Magnificent Obsession
All That Heaven Allows
The Jane Wyman Show
Falcon Crest
Political partyRepublican
Ernest Wyman
(m. 1933; div. 1935)
Myron Futterman
(m. 1937; div. 1938)
(m. 1940; div. 1949)
Frederick Karger
(m. 1952; div. 1955)
(m. 1961; div. 1965)
Children3, including Maureen Reagan and Michael Reagan

Jane Wyman (/ˈwmən/ WY-mən; born Sarah Jane Mayfield; January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007)[1] was an American actress. She received an Academy Award (1948), four Golden Globe Awards (1948, 1950, 1951 and 1983) and nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards (1957 and 1959).

Jane Wyman's motion picture career began at age 17 at Paramount Pictures dancing in the chorus for Dance Director LeRoy Prinz in 1934. She signed her first studio contract with Warner Bros. in 1936 at 19. A popular contract player, she quickly progressed from uncredited bit parts to "B" movies and second leads in her first 8 years at the studio.

After this extended apprenticeship she emerged as a dramatic actress and leading lady in 1945 after being cast in The Lost Weekend. More starring vehicles followed including The Yearling (1946), Stage Fright (1950), So Big (1953), Magnificent Obsession (1954), and All That Heaven Allows (1955). She received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress between 1946 and 1954, winning for Johnny Belinda (1948).

In 1955 she formed her own television production company Lewman Productions Ltd.(co-owned with MCA Inc.) and assumed responsibility for producing the popular filmed anthology series the Fireside Theatre from Hal Roach Studios. She served as producer, host and frequent star of the NBC series from 1955 to 1958.

In her early forties Wyman continued to work in both film and television, enjoying a certain level of visibility from the syndication of The Jane Wyman Show but no longer in demand as a leading lady.

After a couple of periods of virtual retirement between 1963-1968 and 1974-1978 she returned to prominence on the prime-time soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–1990), portraying the role of villainous matriarch Angela Channing.

Wyman was the first wife of Hollywood actor and the future 40th president of the United States, Ronald Reagan, and the first ex-wife of a U.S. president in American history.

Early life[edit]

Wyman's birthplace in St. Joseph, Missouri

Sarah Jane Mayfield was born on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Gladys Hope (née Christian; 1891–1960) and Manning Jeffries Mayfield (1895–1922). Her father was a meal company laborer and her mother was a doctor's stenographer and office assistant. Wyman was an only biological child, but when she was placed in foster care she had two foster siblings, whom she would refer to when saying she was the youngest of three. Wyman's birth parents were married in March 1916, in Jackson County, Missouri. The 1920 census showed her to be three years old on January 15, 1920, and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[citation needed]

In October 1921, her parents divorced and her father died unexpectedly three months later. After his death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (née Reiss)[2][3] and Richard D. Fulks, the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph.[4] She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and on her marriage certificate to first husband Ernest Wyman.[5]

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."[6]

In 1928, aged 11, she moved to Southern California with her foster mother. 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 three years to her birthdate to work legally because she was under-aged.[7][8][9][10][1]


An 18-year-old Wyman on the beach in 1935

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.[11]

She started to obtain small parts in such films as The Kid from Spain (as a "Goldwyn Girl"; 1932), Elmer, the Great (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Harold Teen (1934), College Rhythm (1934), Rumba (1935), All the King's Horses (1935), George White's 1935 Scandals (1935), Stolen Harmony (1935), Broadway Hostess (1935), King of Burlesque (1936) and Anything Goes (1936). She then went to Universal Studios for My Man Godfrey (1936).

She signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1936.[citation needed]

Warner Brothers, part 1[edit]

At Warner Brothers, Wyman was in Freshman Love (1936) and Bengal Tiger (1936), Stage Struck (1936), Cain and Mabel (1936), and Here Comes Carter (1936).

Wyman had her first big role, both singing and dancing in a Dick Foran Western The Sunday Round-Up (1936).

Wyman had small parts in Polo Joe (1936), and Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) but a bigger one in Smart Blonde (1936), the first of the Torchy Blane series. She appeared in Ready, Willing and Able (1937), The King and the Chorus Girl (1937), and Slim (1937). She had the lead in Little Pioneer (1937), a short, and parts in The Singing Marine (1937).

Warner Brothers, part 2[edit]

By the time Wyman starred in Public Wedding (1937), a "B"picture, she was already divorced from first husband Ernest Wyman. She retained use of the surname for the remainder of her career.[5]

She had a supporting part in Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) and was the female lead in some "B" films, such as The Spy Ring (1938) (at Universal), He Couldn't Say No (1938) with Frank McHugh and Wide Open Faces (1938) with Joe E. Brown.[12]

Wyman was borrowed by MGM to play a supporting part in The Crowd Roars (1938).

Back at Warner Brothers, Wyman was cast as one of the leads in Brother Rat (1938) for Hal B. Wallis. It co-starred Ronald Reagan, Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris and Eddie Albert.

Wyman was borrowed by 20th Century Fox for a supporting role in Tail Spin (1939), followed by The Kid from Kokomo (1939) with Pat O'Brien and Morris. She played the title role in Torchy Blane..Playing with Dynamite (1939).

Now established, Wyman was cast in Kid Nightingale (1939) with John Payne, Private Detective (1939) with Foran, Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) with Reagan, An Angel from Texas (1940) with Albert, Flight Angels (1940), and Gambling on the High Seas (1940) with Wayne Morris.

Wyman had supporting roles in "A" films such as My Love Came Back (1940), starring Olivia de Havilland and Jeffrey Lynn. She and Reagan were in Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940). Wyman was a supporting role to Ann Sheridan in Honeymoon for Three (1941) and was Dennis Morgan's leading lady in Bad Men of Missouri (1941).[13]

Wyman made The Body Disappears (1941) with Jeffrey Lynn and You're in the Army Now (1941) with Jimmy Durante; in the latter she and Regis Toomey had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds.[14][15]

Wyman did Larceny, Inc. (1942) with Edward G. Robinson, and My Favorite Spy (1942) with Kay Kyser.

At 20th Century Studios, Wyman was a supporting actor to Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942) then back at Warners supported Olivia de Havilland in Princess O'Rourke (1943).

Warners teamed Wyman with Jack Carson in Make Your Own Bed (1944) and The Doughgirls (1944), then she was top billed in Crime by Night (1944). She was one of many stars to cameo in Hollywood Canteen (1944).[16]

Leading lady[edit]

Wyman with Gregory Peck in The Yearling in 1946

Wyman gained critical notice in The Lost Weekend (1945), made by the team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, who had been impressed by her performance in Princess O'Rourke. It was a supporting role – Ray Milland was the lead – but was the second biggest part. Wyman called it "a small miracle".[12]

Wyman remained a supporting actor in One More Tomorrow (1946), and Night and Day (1946).[17] However Wyman was borrowed by MGM for the female lead in The Yearling (1946), and was nominated for the 1946 Academy Award for Best Actress.

She was leading lady for Dennis Morgan in Cheyenne (1947) and James Stewart in RKO's Magic Town (1947).

Her breakthrough role was playing a deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda (1948). Wyman spent over six months preparing for the film which was an enormous hit and won Wyman a Best Actress Oscar.[12] She was the first person in the sound era to earn the award 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."[18][11]

Wyman was now a top-billed star. She did two comedies, A Kiss in the Dark (1948) with David Niven and The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949) with Morgan, then made a thriller in England, Stage Fright (1950) for Alfred Hitchcock.[13]

She played Laura in The Glass Menagerie (1950), and went to MGM for Three Guys Named Mike (1951), a popular comedy.

Frank Capra used her as Bing Crosby's leading lady in Here Comes the Groom (1951) at Paramount, then she had the lead role in RKO's The Blue Veil (1951), a melodrama that was a big box office hit and earned her an Oscar nomination.[citation needed]

Wyman was one of many stars in Warner Bros' Starlift (1951). She was the female lead in The Story of Will Rogers (1952) and Paramount reunited her and Crosby in Just for You (1952). Wyman expressed interest around this time of doing no more "weepy" roles.[19]

Columbia cast her in a musical, Let's Do It Again (1953) with Ray Milland, then at Warners she was in So Big (1953), a melodrama.

Wyman had a huge success when producer Ross Hunter cast her alongside Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession (1954). It earned her another Oscar nomination.

Wyman and Hudson were promptly reteamed on All That Heaven Allows (1955). Pine-Thomas Productions put Wyman in Lucy Gallant (1955) with Charlton Heston. She did Miracle in the Rain (1956) with Van Johnson. Wyman was meant to follow this with Annabella but it appears to have not been made.[20][21]

Recording career[edit]

Jane Wyman's brief recording career with Decca Records extended between 1951 and 1953. She recorded a few solo tracks along with duets and novelty songs achieving three Billboard top 30 hits and appearing on one #1 album.

Decca Albums
Decca Singles


Wyman in 1953

“We thought TV was the end of the world and for some of us it was but it was very good for me.”

Jane Wyman, 1981 [22]

Her first guest-starring television role was on a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater, a show hosted by her former husband Ronald Reagan. Wyman began a TV series The Jane Wyman Show (1955–58). In its first season it was known as Fireside Theatre then being changed to Jane Wyman Theatre. Wyman hosted every episode, acted in half, and was a producer.[23]

When The Jane Wyman Show ended Wyman was no longer a film star, but she remained in demand. She replaced the ailing Gene Tierney in Holiday for Lovers (1959) for Fox, and next appeared in Disney's Pollyanna (1960) and Bon Voyage! (1962).[24]

Wyman continued to guest star on TV shows like Checkmate, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, The Investigators, Wagon Train, and Insight.

"Something happened in the sixties," she later said. "it seemed that the time didn't permit women to be part of it except in a sort of secondary sort of way which I resented. I kept telling myself 'I didn't want to play Whatever Happened to Baby Jane."[23] So she went into semi-retirement around 1962.


Wyman focused on painting. She made the occasional acting appearance, mostly on television.

In 1966, Reginald Denham announced Wyman would appear in a play Wonderful Us based on the Parker–Hulme murder case but it was not produced.[25]

She returned to films with How to Commit Marriage (1969).

Wyman continued to work in the 1970s, guest starring on My Three Sons; The Bold Ones: The New Doctors; The Sixth Sense; and Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and starring in films like The Failing of Raymond (1971) and The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1979). She starred in a pilot for a TV series Amanda Fallon but it was not picked up.[26]

She guest starred on Charlie's Angels and The Love Boat.[citation needed]

She was offered roles of "murderers, old ladies that were senile – they were awful. The weirdest kind of writing."[23]

Falcon Crest[edit]

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. Wyman said she wanted to make it as it was a change from "the four handkerchief bits" she was known for. "You just can't miss on a thing like this," she added.[23]

Then relatively unknown Lorenzo Lamas appeared as Angela's irresponsible grandson, Lance Cumson. The on- and off-screen chemistry between Wyman and Lamas helped fuel the series' success.[citation needed]

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. She won in 1984 for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Series. Later in the show's run, Wyman suffered several health problems. In 1986 abdominal surgery caused her to miss two episodes. She was plagued with fatigue during the 1988–1989 season, and her health continued to deteriorate. Later in 1989 she collapsed on the set and was hospitalized due to problems with diabetes and a liver ailment. Her doctors told her that she should end her acting career. Wyman was absent for most of the ninth and final season of Falcon Crest in 1989–1990.

Against her doctor's advice, she returned for the final three episodes in 1990, even writing a soliloquy for the series finale. Wyman appeared in 208 of the show's 227 episodes.

Final role[edit]

After Falcon Crest, Wyman acted only once more, playing Jane Seymour's screen mother in a 1993 episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.[27] In all, Wyman had starred in 83 movies[citation needed] and two successful TV series, and was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning once.

Personal life[edit]


Wyman was married five times,[5] her final two both to Frederick Karger.

Ernest Wyman[edit]

At age 16, Wyman married salesman Ernest Eugene Wyman in Los Angeles, California, on April 8, 1933, recording her name as 'Jane Fulks', foster parents Emma and Richard Fulks, and her age as 19 on the wedding certificate. Though the couple divorced after just two years, she retained the name Wyman professionally for the rest of her life.[5]

Myron Futterman[edit]

Wyman married dress manufacturer Myron Martin Futterman in New Orleans on June 29, 1937. She wanted children but he did not, and they separated after only three months.[28] They divorced on December 5, 1938.[29]

Ronald Reagan[edit]

25-year-old Wyman with husband and fellow actor Ronald Reagan at the premiere of Tales of Manhattan in Los Angeles in August 1942
Wyman with three-year-old Maureen Reagan in 1944

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,[30] and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather in Glendale, California.[31] She and Reagan had two biological daughters: Maureen in 1941, and Christine in 1947 (born prematurely and died the following day). They adopted a son, Michael, in 1945.[32]

Eight years into their marriage, in 1948, Wyman filed for divorce; the divorce was finalized in 1949, and Wyman leased a home in Palm Springs, California.[33] Wyman, who was a registered Republican, said that their divorce was due to political differences; Ronald Reagan was still a Democrat at the time.[34]

When Reagan was inaugurated as president on January 20, 1981, Wyman became the first ex-wife of an U.S. president in American history. 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 did not 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.[35]

When Reagan died in 2004, Wyman issued a statement, saying, "America has lost a great president. And a great, kind and gentle man."[36]

Frederick Karger[edit]

On November 1, 1952, Wyman married German-American Hollywood music director and composer Frederick M. "Fred" Karger 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.

They remarried on March 11, 1961, and Karger divorced her again on March 9, 1965. According to The New York Times' report of the divorce, the bandleader charged that the actress "had walked out on him."[37] Wyman had a stepdaughter, Terry, from Karger's marriage to Patti Sacks.[38]

Wyman, who had converted to Catholicism in 1953, never remarried.[39] She was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.[40]

Later life[edit]

After Falcon Crest ended, Wyman made a guest appearance on the CBS series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and then completely retired from acting; she spent her retirement painting and entertaining friends. Wyman was a recluse and made only a few public appearances in her last years in part due to suffering from arthritis. Wyman also suffered from Type 1 diabetes from a very young age. She attended the funeral of her long-time friend Loretta Young in 2000. She attended her daughter's funeral in 2001 after Maureen died of melanoma, and Ronald Reagan's funeral in 2004.[27]


On September 10, 2007, Wyman died in her sleep of natural causes[1] at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, at age 90.[41] Her son Michael Reagan released a statement saying:

I have lost a loving mother, my children Cameron and Ashley have lost a loving grandmother, my wife Colleen has lost a loving friend she called Mom and Hollywood has lost the classiest lady to ever grace the silver screen.[42]

A lay tertiary of the Dominican Order of the Catholic Church, she was buried in a nun's habit.[43] She was interred at Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1932 The Kid from Spain Goldwyn Girl Uncredited
1933 Elmer, the Great Game Spectator Uncredited
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 Gold Digger Uncredited
1934 All the King's Horses Chorine Uncredited
1934 College Rhythm Chorine Uncredited
1935 Broadway Hostess Chorus Girl Uncredited
1935 Rumba Chorus Girl Uncredited
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals Chorine Uncredited
1935 Stolen Harmony Chorine Uncredited
1936 King of Burlesque Dancer Uncredited
1936 Freshman Love Co-Ed Uncredited
1936 Anything Goes Chorus Girl Uncredited
1936 Bengal Tiger Saloon Girl Uncredited
1936 My Man Godfrey Socialite Uncredited
1936 Stage Struck Bessie Funfnick Uncredited
1936 Cain and Mabel Chorus Girl Uncredited
1936 Here Comes Carter Nurse Uncredited
1936 The Sunday Round-Up Butte Soule Short film
1936 Polo Joe Girl at Polo Field Uncredited
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 Chorus Girl Uncredited
1937 Smart Blonde Dixie the Hat Check Girl
1937 Ready, Willing, and Able Dot
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl Babette Latour
1937 Slim Stumpy's Girl
1937 Little Pioneer Katie Snee Short film
1937 The Singing Marine Joan
1937 Public Wedding Florence Lane Burke
1937 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air Marjorie Day
1937 Over the Goal Co-Ed Uncredited
1938 The Spy Ring Elaine Burdette
1938 He Couldn't Say No Violet Coney
1938 Fools for Scandal Party Guest Uncredited
1938 Wide Open Faces Betty Martin
1938 The Crowd Roars Vivian
1938 Brother Rat Claire Adams
1939 Tail Spin Alabama
1939 The Kid from Kokomo Marian Bronson
1939 Torchy Blane... Playing with Dynamite Torchy Blane
1939 Kid Nightingale Judy Craig
1939 Private Detective Myrna "Jinx" Winslow
1940 Brother Rat and a Baby Claire Terry
1940 An Angel from Texas Marge Allen
1940 Flight Angels Nan Hudson
1940 Gambling on the High Seas Laurie Ogden
1940 My Love Came Back Joy O'Keefe
1940 Tugboat Annie Sails Again Peggy Armstrong
1941 Honeymoon for Three Elizabeth Clochessy
1941 Bad Men of Missouri Mary Hathaway
1941 The Body Disappears Joan Shotesbury
1941 You're in the Army Now Bliss Dobson
1942 Larceny, Inc. Denny Costello
1942 My Favorite Spy Connie
1942 Footlight Serenade Flo La Verne
1943 Princess O'Rourke Jean Campbell
1944 Make Your Own Bed Susan Courtney
1944 The Doughgirls Vivian Marsden Halstead
1944 Crime by Night Robbie Vance
1944 Hollywood Canteen Jane Wyman
1945 The Lost Weekend Helen St. James
1946 One More Tomorrow Frankie Connors
1946 Night and Day Gracie Harris
1946 The Yearling Orry Baxter Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1947 Cheyenne Ann Kincaid
1947 Magic Town Mary Peterman
1948 Johnny Belinda Belinda MacDonald Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Photoplay Gold Medal Actress
Picturegoer Award - Best Actress
1949 A Kiss in the Dark Polly Haines
1949 It's a Great Feeling Jane Wyman
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor Jennifer Smith
1950 Stage Fright Eve Gill
1950 The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield
1951 Three Guys Named Mike Marcy Lewis
1951 Here Comes the Groom Emmadel Jones
1951 The Blue Veil Louise Mason Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Laurel Awards - Best Dramatic Performance
Picturegoer Award - Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1952 The Story of Will Rogers Betty Blake Rogers
1952 Just for You Carolina Hill
1953 Three Lives Commentator Short film
1953 Let's Do It Again Constance "Connie" Stuart
1953 So Big Selina DeJong
1954 Magnificent Obsession Helen Phillips Picturegoer Award - Best Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1955 All That Heaven Allows Cary Scott
1955 Lucy Gallant Lucy Gallant
1956 Miracle in the Rain Ruth Wood
1959 Holiday for Lovers Mrs. Mary Dean
1960 Pollyanna Polly Harrington
1962 Bon Voyage! Katie Willard
1969 How to Commit Marriage Elaine Benson

Box office ranking[edit]

For several years, film exhibitors voted Wyman as among the most popular stars in the country:

  • 1949 – 25th (US),[44] 6th (UK)[45]
  • 1952 – 15th (US)[46]
  • 1953 – 19th (US)
  • 1954 – 9th (US)
  • 1955 – 18th (US)
  • 1956 – 23rd (US)


Air Date Title Role Notes
1955 General Electric Theatre Dr. Amelia Morrow Episode: "Amelia"
1955–1958 The Jane Wyman Show Various Host, star and producer
1957 Tennessee Ernie Ford Show Guest Episode: Jane Wyman
1957 The Lux Show with Rosemary Clooney Guest Episode: 01-01
1958 The Perry Como Show Guest Episode: #10.36
1958 Wagon Train Dr. Carol Ames Willoughby Episode: "The Doctor Willoughby Story"
1958 Tennessee Ernie Ford Show Guest Episode: Jane Wyman(2)
1959 The Perry Como Show Guest Episode: #11.18
1959 Lux Video Theatre Selena Shelby Episode: "A Deadly Guest"
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Dr. Kate Episode: "Dr. Kate"
1960 Startime Host Episode: "Academy Award Songs"
1960 Checkmate Joan Talmadge Episode: "Lady on the Brink"
1961 The Investigators Elaine Episode: "Death Leaves a Tip"
1962 Insight Edith Stein Episode: "The Cross in Crisis"
1962 Wagon Train Hannah Episode: "The Wagon Train Mutiny"
1963 The Andy Williams Show Guest Episode: #1.16
1963 The Andy Williams Show Guest Episode: #2.3
1964 The Bell Telephone Hour Host Episode: “The Younger Generation”
1964 Insight Marie Episode: "The Hermit"
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Addie Joslin Episode: "When Hell Froze"
1967 Insight Auschwitz Victim Episode: "Why Does God Allow Men to Suffer?"
1968 The Red Skelton Show Clara Crowley Appleby Episode: "Clara and Me and Mama Makes Three"
1969 Insight Catherine Episode: "Prince in the Apple Town"
1969 The Jim Nabors Hour Guest Episode: #1.11
1970 My Three Sons Sylvia Cannon Episode: "Who Is Sylvia?"
1970 The Jim Nabors Hour Guest Episode: #2.15
1971 The Failing of Raymond Mary Bloomquist TV movie
1971 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Guest Episode: The 42nd Annual Photoplay Awards
1972 The Sixth Sense Ruth Ames Episode: "If I Should Die Before I Wake"
1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Amanda Fallon Episode: "Discovery at Fourteen"
1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Amanda Fallon Episode: "And Other Things I May Not See"
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Sophia Ryder Episode: "The Desertion of Keith Ryder"
1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Granny Arrowroot TV movie
1980 The Love Boat Sister Patricia Episode: "Another Day, Another Time"
1980 Charlie's Angels Eleanor Willard Episode: "To See an Angel Die"
1981–1990 Falcon Crest Angela Channing Main cast
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Elizabeth Quinn Episode: "The Visitor"

Radio appearances[edit]

Program Episode Date Notes
Burns and Allen Gracie's Christmas Party December. 25, 1947 Wyman played Gracie Allen, due to the star's illness
Screen Guild Players The Lost Weekend January 7, 1946 [47]
Screen Guild Players Saturday's Children June 2, 1947 [48]
The Jack Benny Show From San Francisco March 30, 1947 [48]
The Martin and Lewis Show Jane Wyman November 30, 1951 [citation needed]
Hollywood Star Playhouse A Letter from Laura February 24, 1952 [49]
Hallmark Playhouse Whistler's Mother May 8, 1952 [50]
Lux Radio Theatre The Blue Veil November 24, 1952 [51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Results Ref.
1946 Academy Awards Best Actress The Yearling Nominated [52]
1948 Johnny Belinda Won [53]
1951 The Blue Veil Nominated [54]
1954 Magnificent Obsession Nominated [55]
1948 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Johnny Belinda Won [56]
1950 World Film Favorite – Female Won
1951 Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama The Blue Veil Won
1982 Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama Falcon Crest Nominated
1983 Won
1957 Primetime Emmy Awards Best Continuing Performance by an Actress Jane Wyman Theatre Nominated [57]
1959 Best Actress in a Leading Role (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series The Jane Wyman Show Nominated
  • Jane Wyman's imprints were set in concrete in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on September 17, 1952.
  • Jane 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. Both from the inaugural placement of stars in 1960.


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  17. ^ Plaudits Handed to Jane Wyman: Change in Screen Personality Stamps Her as Dramatic Star Jane Wyman Lauded for Drama Roles Her Screen Personality Changes in 'Yearling' and 'Lost Week-end' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times October 21, 1945: B1.
  18. ^ Jane Wyman's Oscar acceptance speech, 1948 on YouTube
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  21. ^ "Jane Wyman Goes Out on Loan" The Washington Post and Times-Herald June 17, 1954: 38.
  22. ^ , October 20, 1981, Star Magazine
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Further reading[edit]

  • Bubbeo, Daniel. The Women of Warner Brothers: The lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with filmographies for each (McFarland, 2010).
  • Lafferty, William. "'No Attempt at Artiness, Profundity, or Significance': 'Fireside Theater' and the Rise of Filmed Television Programming." Cinema Journal (1987): 23–46 online.
  • Leff, Leonard J. "What in the World Interests Women? Hollywood, Postwar America, and 'Johnny Belinda.'" Journal of American Studies 31#32 (1997), pp. 385–405. online
  • Morella, Joe, and Edward Z. Epstein. Jane Wyman (Dell, 1986).

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