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.
- 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