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Jane Wyman

She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948).

Jane Wyman

Filmography

1932      

The Kid from Spain

 

1933      

Elmer, the Great

Gold Diggers of 1933

 

1934      

All the King’s Horses

College Rhythm

 

1935      

Broadway Hostess

Rumba

George White’s 1935 Scandals

Stolen Harmony

 

1936      

King of Burlesque

Freshman Love

Anything Goes

Bengal Tiger

My Man Godfrey

Stage Struck

Cain and Mabel

Here Comes Carter

The Sunday Round-Up

Polo Joe

Gold Diggers of 1937

 

1937      

Smart Blonde

Ready, Willing, and Able

The King and the Chorus Girl

Slim

Little Pioneer

The Singing Marine

Public Wedding

Mr. Dodd Takes the Air

Over the Goal

 

1938      

The Spy Ring

He Couldn’t Say No

Fools for Scandal

Wide Open Faces

The Crowd Roars

Brother Rat

 

1939      

Tail Spin

The Kid from Kokomo

Torchy Blane… Playing with Dynamite

Kid Nightingale

Private Detective

 

1940      

Brother Rat and a Baby

An Angel from Texas

Flight Angels

Gambling on the High Seas

My Love Came Back

Tugboat Annie Sails Again

 

1941      

Honeymoon for Three

Bad Men of Missouri

The Body Disappears

You’re in the Army Now

 

1942      

Larceny, Inc.

My Favorite Spy

Footlight Serenade

 

1943      

Princess O’Rourke

 

1944      

Make Your Own Bed

The Doughgirls

Crime by Night

 

1945      

The Lost Weekend

 

1946      

One More Tomorrow

Night and Day

The Yearling

 

1947      

Cheyenne

Magic Town

 

1948      

Johnny Belinda

 

1949      

A Kiss in the Dark

The Lady Takes a Sailor

 

1950      

Stage Fright

The Glass Menagerie

 

1951      

Three Guys Named Mike

Here Comes the Groom

The Blue Veil

 

1952      

The Story of Will Rogers

Just for You

 

1953      

Three Lives

Let’s Do It Again

So Big

 

1954      

Magnificent Obsession

 

1955      

All That Heaven Allows

Lucy Gallant

 

1956      

Miracle in the Rain

 

1959      

Holiday for Lovers

 

1960      

Pollyanna

 

1962      

Bon Voyage!

 

1969      

How to Commit Marriage

Awards

Jane Wyman was nominated four times for a Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Award and won once:

I never go into anything except with both feet and a lot of enthusiasm. ~ Jane Wyman

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917 in St Joseph, Missouri, to Gladys Hope (née Christian; 1895 – 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 the only child of this union and had no biological siblings.

In October 1921, her mother filed for divorce, and her father died unexpectedly the following year at age 27. After her father’s death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (née Reiss; 1866 – 1951) and Richard D. Fulks (1862 – 1928), the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph. She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and on her first marriage certificate.

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 years to her birth date to work legally, as she would have been under aged.

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, before obtaining small parts in such films as The Kid from Spain (as a “Goldwyn Girl”; 1932), My Man Godfrey (1936), and Cain and Mabel (1936).

Wyman married salesman Ernest Eugene Wyman (1906 – 1970) in Los Angeles, California on April 8, 1933. Wyman recorded her name as ‘Jane Fulks’ on the wedding certificate. She also listed foster parents Emma and Richard Fulks as her parents. In keeping with the tendency of making herself older than she really was, she gave her age as 19 on the document. Truthfully, she had turned 16 just 3 months prior. The couple would divorce after 2 years.

She signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1936. By the time she starred in Public Wedding in 1937, she was already divorced from first husband Ernest Wyman. However, she would retain use of his surname for the remainder of her career.

Wyman married Myron Martin Futterman (1900 – 1965), a dress manufacturer, in New Orleans on June 29, 1937. As Wyman wanted children but Futterman did not, they separated after only three months of marriage and divorced on December 5, 1938.

RONALD REAGAN and JANE WYMAN Directed by William Keighley

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, and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o’ the Heather Church, Glendale, California. She and Reagan had three ch