Poni Adams

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Poni Adams
Jane Poni Adams.jpg
Adams in 1952
Born Betty Jane Bierce
August 7, 1921
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Died May 21, 2014(2014-05-21) (aged 92)
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1942–1953
Spouse(s) Second husband: Thomas Turnage (1945–2000; his death)
Children 2

Betty Jane Bierce, better known by her stage name Jane "Poni" Adams (August 7, 1921 – May 21, 2014),[1] was an American actress in radio, film, and television in the 1940s and 1950s.

Acting career[edit]

Adams was born in San Antonio, Texas and received a full scholarship to Juilliard, which she turned down to spend years studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre and then with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency, where she was given her nickname "Poni". (This was supposedly due to her love of horses, but in reality it was to provide her with a more memorable stage name.) She returned to using her real name in 1945.[2] She may be best known for her role as Nina in House of Dracula (1945), but she also has the distinction of acting in early adaptations of both major DC Comics franchises: Batman, where she played Vicki Vale in the second Batman serial, Batman and Robin, and also a character in the first Superman television series.

Personal life and death[edit]

Her first husband was a United States Navy pilot who died in World War II. On July 14, 1945, in Hollywood, California,[3] she married Thomas K. Turnage,[4] a decorated Major General with the Army. Turnage served in the Korean War and earned the Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star. He later served as the last administrator of the Veterans Administration before the VA became a cabinet department during Ronald Reagan's presidential term. Adams and Turnage had two children.

Poni Adams died on May 21, 2014, at the age of 92.


  1. ^ Magers, Donna. "Western Movies and More". 
  2. ^ "Interview with Jane Adams". Western Clippings. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Newlyweds". The Havre Daily News. July 20, 1945. p. 1. Retrieved April 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Poni Adams Marries". Ames Daily Tribune. July 17, 1945. p. 8. Retrieved April 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read

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