Jane Wyman
Born Sarah Jane Mayfield
Date of birth: January 5, 1917
Date of death: September 10, 2007


First role: The Kid from Spain (1932)
First credited role: Dixie the hatcheck girl in Smart Blonde (1937)
Final film role: The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (TV movie, 1979)
Final television role: Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman (1 episode, 1993)

Best known for…

…her Golden Globe-winning television role on Falcon Crest.

…her stellar performance as a deaf woman in Johnny Belinda.

…starring in Alfred Hitchcock’s Stage Fright alongside Marlene Dietrich, who didn’t think Jane had any talent.

…her eight-year marriage to Ronald Reagan. The two were married from 1940 to 1948 — her second marriage, and his first. Reagan was a Democrat at the time and had not yet run for any public office.

Notable awards:

  • Won an Oscar for her performance in Johnny Belinda; also nominated for Magnificent Obsession, The Blue Veil and The Yearling
  • Won four Golden Globes and was nominated for a fifth for Falcon Crest
  • Named most popular female star of 1949 by Photoplay magazine
  • Received two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, for her work in both film and television

More Jane Wyman on TMP:
The Body Disappears review
Johnny Belinda review
Magic Town review
Miracle in the Rain review
Stage Fright review
Three Guys Named Mike review