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Jane Wyman

Jane Wyman


1/4/1914, Saint Joseph, Missouri, USA



Birth Name

Sarah Jane Mayfield



Also Known As

Sarah Jane Fulks, Sarah Jane Mayfield Fulks, Jane Wyman-Reagan, Sarah Jane Durrell, Jane Durrell
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Academy award winning actress Jane Wyman came up in Hollywood the hard way appearing in movies at age 8 where she spent 10 years appearing in minor dancing roles and bit parts. Jane's official "discovery" was by actor William Demarest. Jane Wyman won critical acclaim for the 1945…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Best remembered by the public for her starring role as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest.

    • During her marriage to Ronald Reagan they adopted an infant son, Michael Reagan, who is now a nationally syndicated talk radio host.

    • Her ex-husband, Ronald Reagan, encouraged her to audition for the lead role of Angela Channing in Falcon Crest, after her old friend, Barbara Stanwyck, had turned down the part.

    • Jane made her film debut in 1937 in The Public Wedding.

    • Wyman was a devout Catholic convert, who was a strong supporter of Hollywood's Covenant House and Our Lady of the Angels Monastery.

    • Wyman was best friends with Eddie Albert, Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young and Agnes Moorehead.

    • Her only daughter, Maureen, was admitted to the John Wayne Cancer Institute for malignant melanoma. Maureen died after a 1 year battle against cancer in 2001.

    • The first actress ever to have lots of name changes: she took the name of Sarah Jane Fulks, to honor her parents, who unofficially adopted her after her father died. When she began a radio singing career, she legally changed her name to Jane Durrell, and long after, she finally changed her name to Wyman, and began her career as a contract player at Warner Bros. in 1936.

    • Most sources gave her birthdate, January 5, 1917, which indicated she was one of the first actresses to make herself older. If this was true, it would've been due to her premature marriage.

    • She dropped out of Layafette High School in St. Joseph, MO, in 1932, at aged 18, which was her senior year.

    • She was the recipient of the Charles B. Harding Award, in 1977, which was the highest national award given by the Arthritis Foundation.

    • Her Falcon Crest co-star, Susan Sullivan, won the 1998 Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award, at the Arthritis Foundation, where Wyman was a member, since 1977.

    • Her last appearance was guest-starring on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

    • Her Falcon Crest co-stars, Lorenzo Lamas & Susan Sullivan, both went to visit Wyman at a hospital in 1989, while the 9th and final season was filming.

    • Wyman appeared in 208 of the 227 episodes of Falcon Crest.

    • Throughout the prime of her life, Jane has seven hobbies, consisting of: playing piano, listening to music, collecting CDs, singing, reading, painting and philanthropy.

    • Jane earned $500,000 on the pilot episode of The Vintage Years, and she earned $100,000 per episode on its spin-off show, Falcon Crest, per season.

    • After the second episode of the 9th season on Falcon Crest, Jane was on medical leave, despite of her being hospitalized with complications of diabetes and liver ailment, early in 1989, hence, the producers wrote her out for the remainder of the season, taking the show in a much darker tone. After Wyman thought she had recovered from her health issues (against the doctor's wishes), she came back for the final 3 episodes, and even wrote a great soliloquy for the series finale.

    • Jane is famous for portraying two disabled characters: Wyman portrayed a deaf-mute rapist in Johnny Belinda, when she won a 1949 Oscar for her pivotal role, and as a blind wife in Magnificient Obsession, which she was nominated for a 1954 Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

    • Before she was a successful actress, she was a chorus girl and a switchboard operator.

    • Her best friend, Agnes Moorehead, and her Falcon Crest co-star, Robert Foxworth, whose girlfriend later wife, Elizabeth Montgomery, starred in the popular 1960's sitcom, Bewitched. Ironically, both Moorehead & Montgomery are deceased, as of 1995.

    • Jane met Lorenzo Lamas's father, Fernando, on an episode of The Jane Wyman Show, years before she suggested to Fernando's own son to have a co-starring role on Falcon Crest, opposite her.

    • Jane attended the university of Missouri.

    • Jane holds the record for the longest screen kiss with Regis Toomey in You're in the Army Now.

    • Jane was married to Ronald Reagan.

    • She 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.

    • She won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 1948 for her role in Johnny Belinda.

    • She is a diabetic.

  • Quotes

    • Jane Wyman: (On winning the 1949 Academy Award for Leading Actress in a Movie): I won this award for keeping my mouth shut, so I think I'll do it again now.

    • Jane Wyman: (On commenting her newspaper interview in 1981 about her almost 50 year career in films): I've been through four different cycles in pictures: the brassy blonde, then came the musicals, the high dramas, then the inauguration of television.

    • Jane Wyman: (On the cancellation of Falcon Crest) It's a funny feeling, because you wake up and say, 'I'm not going to see my friends again, you know!' Because I never done anything this long.

    • Jane Wyman (On her dismissal in the last season of Falcon Crest, by writing a siloloquy for the series' finale): "I wanted to tie up the show, mention everyone who was gone - the grandfather, Melissa, Cole and Maggie, so that the loyal audience we had wouldn't feel cheated if they had been taken in a different direction by the producers that they didn't understand (and frankly, I didn't either). It was a wonderful experience, but I wasn't sorry to see it end because of the way it was going. The first six years of the show were marvelous, then they started tampering with it. I get so much mail from people saying they can't understand what happened."

    • Jane Wyman: We were just two rows behind Irene Dunne. There was something about the line of her neck that convinced me she was going to get the prize. I was slumped low in my seat, sort of trying to hide so that I could sneak out. I was so sure I wouldn't win that when I heard my name called out, I didn't recognize it. I didn't get up. But Jerry Wald poked me, and my handbag dropped to my lap. My lipstick and everything went rolling onto the floor. I must have been quite a sight trying to pick up things and get to the stage at the same time. I was the most surprised girl in the world.

    • Jane Wyman (On commenting her newspaper interview in 1968 about politics, after she kept quiet about her ex-husband's second marriage): "It's not because I'm bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics."

    • Jane Wyman: The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.

    • Jane Wyman: I guess I just don't have a talent for it, some women just aren't the marrying kind - or anyway, not the permanent marrying kind, and I'm one of them.

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