Jane Wyman

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Jane Wyman
Wyman in the 1950s
Sarah Jane Mayfield

(1917-01-05)January 5, 1917
DiedSeptember 10, 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 90)
Resting place Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • philanthropist
Years active1932–1993
Political party Republican
    Ernest Wyman
    (m. 1933;div. 1935)
      Myron Futterman
      (m. 1937;div. 1938)
        (m. 1940;div. 1949)
          Frederick Karger
          (m. 1952;div. 1955)
          (m. 1961;div. 1965)
Children3, including Maureen and Michael Reagan

Jane Wyman (WY-MEN; born Sarah Jane Mayfield; January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007) [1] was an American actress, singer, dancer, and philanthropist. She received an Academy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards.


Wyman's professional career began at age 16 in 1933, when she signed with Warner Bros. A popular contract player, she frequently played the leading lady, appearing in films such as Public Wedding (1937), Brother Rat (1938), its sequel Brother Rat and a Baby (1940), Bad Men of Missouri (1941), Stage Fright (1950) So Big (1953), Magnificent Obsession (1954), and All That Heaven Allows (1955). She received four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, winning for Johnny Belinda (1948). In her later years, she achieved continuing success on the soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–1990), portraying the role of villainous matriarch Angela Channing.

Wyman was the first wife of actor and future President Ronald Reagan.

Early life

Wyman's birthplace in St. Joseph, Missouri Wyman-home.jpg
Wyman's birthplace in St. Joseph, Missouri

Sarah Jane Mayfield was born on January 5, 1917 in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Gladys Hope ( née Christian; 1891–1960) 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 an only child biologically, but she had two foster siblings who she would refer to when saying she was the youngest of three. Wyman's birth parents were married in March 1916 in Jackson County, Missouri. The 1920 census showed her to be the only child from the marriage, and aged three years old on January 15, 1920, and living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In October 1921, her biological parents divorced and her father died unexpectedly three months later. After his death, her mother moved to Cleveland, Ohio, leaving her to be reared by foster parents, Emma (née Reiss) [2] [3] and Richard D. Fulks, the chief of detectives in Saint Joseph. [4] She took their surname unofficially, including in her school records and on her marriage certificate to first husband Ernest Wyman. [5]

Her unsettled family life resulted in few pleasurable memories. Wyman later said "I was raised with such strict discipline that it was years before I could reason myself out of the bitterness I brought from my childhood." [6]

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 because she was under-aged.[ citation needed ]

For many years, Wyman's birthdate was widely reported to be January 4, 1914, but research by biographers and genealogists indicated that she was actually born three years later. [7] [8] [9] The most likely reason for the 1914 year of birth is that she added to her age in order to gain employment doing odd jobs and working as an actress, even though she was still a minor. She may have moved her birthday back by one day to January 4 so as to share the same birthday as her daughter, Maureen. [10] After Wyman's death, a release posted on her official website confirmed these details. [1]



18-year-old Wyman on the beach, wearing what was then called a "two-piece bathing suit", a precursor to the bikini, 1935 Jane Wyman,1935.jpg
18-year-old Wyman on the beach, wearing what was then called a "two-piece bathing suit", a precursor to the bikini, 1935

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. [11]

She started to obtain small parts in such films as The Kid from Spain (as a "Goldwyn Girl"; 1932), Elmer, the Great (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Harold Teen (1934), College Rhythm (1934), Rumba (1935), All the King's Horses (1935), George White's 1935 Scandals (1935), Stolen Harmony (1935), Broadway Hostess (1935), King of Burlesque (1936) and Anything Goes (1936).

She signed a contract with Warner Brothers in 1936.

Warner Bros.

At Warners she was in Freshman Love (1936) and Bengal Tiger (1936) then went to Universal for My Man Godfrey (1936).

At Warners she was in Stage Struck (1936), Cain and Mabel (1936), and Here Comes Carter (1936).

Wyman had her first big role in a Dick Foran Western The Sunday Round-Up (1936).

Wyman had small parts in Polo Joe (1936), and Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) but a bigger one in Smart Blonde (1936), the first of the Torchy Blane series.

Wyman was in Ready, Willing and Able (1937), The King and the Chorus Girl (1937), and Slim (1937). She had the lead in Little Pioneer (1937), a short, and parts in The Singing Marine (1937).

"B" pictures

By the time Wyman starred in Public Wedding (1937), a "B", she was already divorced from first husband Ernest Wyman. However, she would retain use of his surname for the remainder of her career. [5]

She had a support part in Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) and the female lead in some "B" The Spy Ring (1938) (at Universal), He Couldn't Say No (1938) with Frank McHugh and Wide Open Faces (1938) with Joe E. Brown. [12]

Wyman was borrowed by MGM to play a supporting part in The Crowd Roars (1938).

At Warners she had the lead in Brother Rat (1938), a "B" which proved popular. It co starred Ronald Reagan, Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris and Eddie Albert.

Wyman was borrowed by Fox for a support part in Tail Spin (1939), then did The Kid from Kokomo (1939) with Pat O'Brien and Morris. She played the title role in Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939), but it was the last in the series.

Wyman was now established as a leading lady, albeit of Bs – she did Kid Nightingale (1939) with John Payne, Private Detective (1939) with Foran, Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) with Reagan, An Angel from Texas (1940) with Albert, Flight Angels (1940), and Gambling on the High Seas (1940) with Wayne Morris.

She supported in "A"s such as My Love Came Back (1940), starring Olivia de Havilland and Jeffrey Lynn. She and Reagan were in Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940). Wyman supported Ann Sheridan in Honeymoon for Three (1941) and was Dennis Morgan's leading lady in Bad Men of Missouri (1941). [13]

Wyman made The Body Disappears (1941) with Jeffrey Lynn and You're in the Army Now (1941) with Jimmy Durante; in the latter she and Regis Toomey had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes and 5 seconds. [14] [15]

Wyman did Larceny, Inc. (1942) with Edward G. Robinson, and My Favorite Spy (1942) with Kay Kyser.

At Fox she supported Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942) then back at Warners supported Olivia de Havilland in Princess O'Rourke (1943).

Warners teamed her with Jack Carson in Make Your Own Bed (1944) and The Doughgirls (1944), then she was top billed in Crime by Night (1944). She was one of many stars to cameo in Hollywood Canteen (1944). [16]

Dramatic star

Wyman with Gregory Peck in 1946's The Yearling Peck Wyman The Yearling Publicity Photo 1946.jpg
Wyman with Gregory Peck in 1946's The Yearling

Wyman finally gained critical notice in the film noir The Lost Weekend (1945) made by the team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, who had been impressed by her performance in Princess O'Rourke. It was only a supporting role – Ray Milland was the lead – but was the second biggest part. Wyman called it "a small miracle". [12]

Wyman remained a supporting actor in One More Tomorrow (1946), and Night and Day (1946). [17] However Wyman was borrowed by MGM for the female lead in The Yearling (1946), and was nominated for the 1946 Academy Award for Best Actress.

She was leading lady for Dennis Morgan in Cheyenne (1947) and James Stewart in RKO's Magic Town (1947).

Johnny Belinda and "A" film stardom

Her breakthrough role was playing a deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda (1948). Wyman spent over six months preparing for the film which was an enormous hit and won Wyman a Best Actress Oscar. [12] She was the first person in the sound era to win an acting Oscar without speaking a line of dialogue. In an amusing acceptance speech, perhaps poking fun at some of her long-winded counterparts, Wyman took her statue and said only, "I accept this, very gratefully, for keeping my mouth shut once. I think I'll do it again." [18] [11]

Wyman was now a top billed star. She did two comedies, A Kiss in the Dark (1948) with David Niven and The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949) with Morgan, then made a thriller in England, Stage Fright (1950) for Alfred Hitchcock. [13]

She played Laura in The Glass Menagerie (1950), and went to MGM for Three Guys Named Mike (1951), a popular comedy.

Frank Capra used her as Bing Crosby's leading lady in Here Comes the Groom (1951) at Paramount, then she had the lead in RKO's The Blue Veil (1951), a melodrama that was a big box office hit and earned her an Oscar nomination.

Wyman was one of many stars in Warner Bros' Starlift (1951). She was the female lead in The Story of Will Rogers (1952) and Paramount reunited her and Crosby in Just for You (1952). Wyman expressed interest around this time of doing no more "weepy" roles. [19]

Columbia cast her in a musical, Let's Do It Again (1953) with Ray Milland, then at Warners she was in So Big (1953), a melodrama.

Universal melodramas and television

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Wyman in 1953

Wyman had a huge success when producer Ross Hunter cast her alongside Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession (1954). It earned her another Oscar nomination.

Wyman and Hudson were promptly reteamed on All That Heaven Allows (1955). Pine-Thomas Productions put Wyman in Lucy Gallant (1955) with Charlton Heston. She did Miracle in the Rain (1956) with Van Johnson. Wyman was meant to follow this with Annabella but it appears to have not been made. [20] [21]

Her first guest-starring television role was on a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater , a show hosted by her former husband Ronald Reagan. Wyman began a TV series Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955–58). In its first season it was known as Fireside Theatre then being changed to Jane Wyman Theatre. Wyman hosted every episode, acted in half, and was a producer. [22]

When Fireside Theatre ended Wyman was no longer a film star, but she remained in demand. She replaced the ailing Gene Tierney in Holiday for Lovers (1959) for Fox, and next appeared in Disney's Pollyanna (1960) and Bon Voyage! (1962). [23]

Wyman continued to guest star on TV shows like Checkmate , Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse , Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre , The Investigators , Wagon Train , and Insight .

"Something happened in the sixties," she later said. "it seemed that the time didn't permit women to be part of it except in a sort of secondary sort of way which I resented. I kept telling myself 'I didn't want to play Whatever Happened to Baby Jane." [22] So she went into semi-retirement around 1962.


Wyman focused on painting. She made the occasional acting appearance, mostly on television.

In 1966 Reginald Denham announced Wyman would appear in a play Wonderful Us based on the Parker–Hulme murder case but it was not produced. [24]

She returned to films with How to Commit Marriage (1969).

Wyman continued to work in the 1970s, guest starring on My Three Sons ; The Bold Ones: The New Doctors ; The Sixth Sense ; and Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law and starring in films like The Failing of Raymond (1971) and The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1979). She starred in a pilot for a TV series Amanda Fallon but it was not picked up. [25]

She guest starred on Charlie's Angels and The Love Boat .[ citation needed ]

She was offered roles of "murderers, old ladies that were senile – they were awful. The weirdest kind of writing." [22]

Falcon Crest

In the spring of 1981, Wyman's career enjoyed a resurgence when she was cast as the scheming Californian vintner and matriarch Angela Channing in The Vintage Years, which was retooled as the primetime soap opera Falcon Crest . Wyman said she wanted to make it as it was a change from "the four handkerchief bits" she was known for. "You just can't miss on a thing like this," she added. [22]

The series, which ran from December 1981 to May 1990, was created by Earl Hamner, who had created The Waltons a decade earlier. Hamner called Wyman "one of the legendary stars... a great actress", strongly denying her casting was due to her connection to the then-current president. [22]

Also starring on the show was an already established character actress, Susan Sullivan, as Angela's niece-in-law, Maggie Gioberti, and the relatively unknown actor Lorenzo Lamas as Angela's irresponsible grandson, Lance Cumson. The on- and off-screen chemistry between Wyman and Lamas helped fuel the series' success.

In its first season, Falcon Crest was a ratings hit, behind other 1980s prime-time soap operas, such as Dallas and Knots Landing , but initially ahead of rival Dynasty . Cesar Romero appeared from 1985 to 1987 on Falcon Crest as the romantic interest of Angela Channing. [ citation needed ]

For her role as Angela Channing, Wyman was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award five times (for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role and for Outstanding Villainess: Prime Time Serial), and was also nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1983 and 1984. Her 1984 Golden Globe nomination resulted in a win for Wyman, who took home the award for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Series. Later in the show's run, Wyman suffered several health problems. In 1986, she had abdominal surgery which caused her to miss two episodes (her character simply "disappeared" under mysterious circumstances). In 1988, she missed another episode due to ill health and was told by her doctors to avoid work.[ citation needed ] However, she wanted to continue working, and she completed the rest of the 1988–1989 season while her health continued to deteriorate. Months later in 1989, Wyman collapsed on the set and was hospitalized due to problems with diabetes and a liver ailment. Her doctors told her that she should end her acting career. Wyman was absent for most of the ninth and final season of Falcon Crest in 1989–1990 (her character was written out of the series by making her comatose in a hospital bed following an attempted murder).[ citation needed ]

Against her doctor's advice, she returned for the final three episodes in 1990, even writing a soliloquy for the series finale. Wyman ultimately appeared in almost every episode until the beginning of the ninth and final season, for a total of 208 of the show's 227 episodes.

After Falcon Crest, Wyman acted only once more, playing Jane Seymour's screen mother in a 1993 episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman . [26] Following this, she retired from acting permanently. Wyman had starred in 83 movies and two successful TV series, and was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning once.[ citation needed ]

Personal life


Wyman married four times. [5]

Ernest Wyman

Wyman married salesman Ernest Eugene Wyman 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 three months prior. The couple would divorce after two years. Wyman kept her first husband's surname professionally for the remainder of her life. [5]

Myron Futterman

Wyman married Myron Martin Futterman, 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 [27] and divorced on December 5, 1938. [28]

Ronald Reagan

25-year-old Wyman with husband and fellow actor, Ronald Reagan, at the premiere of Tales of Manhattan in Los Angeles in August 1942. This was almost two years after the birth of their daughter, Maureen. 31-year-old Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Reagan was assigned to Culver City's First Motion Picture Unit (18th AAF Base Unit) at this time, which was some three months after his voluntary transfer from the Army Cavalry, and five years after having been commissioned from the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve in Iowa. Wyman was already a 10-year Hollywood veteran. Wyman & Reagan.jpg
25-year-old Wyman with husband and fellow actor, Ronald Reagan, at the premiere of Tales of Manhattan in Los Angeles in August 1942. This was almost two years after the birth of their daughter, Maureen. 31-year-old Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Reagan was assigned to Culver City's First Motion Picture Unit (18th AAF Base Unit) at this time, which was some three months after his voluntary transfer from the Army Cavalry, and five years after having been commissioned from the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve in Iowa. Wyman was already a 10-year Hollywood veteran.
Wyman with three-year-old Maureen Reagan (1944) Jane-Wyman-Maureen-1944.jpg
Wyman with three-year-old Maureen Reagan (1944)

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, [29] and married on January 26, 1940, at the Wee Kirk o' the Heather in Glendale, California. [30] She and Reagan had three children; Maureen Elizabeth Reagan, their adopted son Michael Edward Reagan, and Christine Reagan. [31] Wyman, who was a registered Republican, stated that their break-up was due to a difference in politics (Ronald Reagan was still a Democrat at the time). [32] She filed for divorce in 1948; the divorce was final in 1949 and Wyman leased a home in Palm Springs, California. [33] In 1981, Ronald Reagan became the first divorcé to assume the nation's highest office. This made Wyman the first former wife of an American president who was still living at the time that her former husband became president. Although she remained silent during Reagan's political career, she told a newspaper interviewer in 1968 that this was not because she was bitter, or because she did not agree with him politically:

I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about former husbands and former wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics. [34]

In spite of her divorce, according to her former personal assistant, Wyman still voted for her former husband in the 1980 and 1984 presidential elections.[ citation needed ]

Frederick Karger

Following her divorce from Reagan, Wyman married German-American Hollywood music director and composer Frederick M. "Fred" Karger on November 1, 1952, at El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara. They separated on November 7, 1954, and were granted an interlocutory divorce decree on December 7, 1954; the divorce was finalized on December 30, 1955. They remarried on March 11, 1961, and Karger divorced her again on March 9, 1965. According to The New York Times' report of the divorce, the bandleader charged that the actress "had walked out on him." [35] Wyman had a stepdaughter, Terry, from Karger's first marriage to Patti Sacks. [36]

Wyman, who had converted to Catholicism in 1953, never remarried. [37] She was a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. [38]

Later life

After Falcon Crest ended, Wyman made a guest appearance on the CBS series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and then completely retired from acting, spending her retirement painting and entertaining friends. Wyman was a recluse and made only a few public appearances in her last years in part due to suffering from arthritis. Wyman also suffered from Type 1 Diabetes from a very young age. She did attend her daughter's funeral in 2001 after Maureen died of melanoma; Ronald Reagan was unable to attend due to his Alzheimer's disease. She also attended the funeral of her long-time friend Loretta Young in 2000. Wyman broke her silence about her former husband upon his death in 2004, issuing an official statement that read, "America has lost a great president and a great, kind, and gentle man." [26]


Wyman died at the age of 90 [1] at her home in Rancho Mirage on September 10, 2007. [39] Wyman's son, Michael Reagan, released a statement saying:

I have lost a loving mother, my children Cameron and Ashley have lost a loving grandmother, my wife Colleen has lost a loving friend she called Mom and Hollywood has lost the classiest lady to ever grace the silver screen. [40]

Wyman reportedly died in her sleep of natural causes. A member of the Dominican Order (as a lay tertiary) of the Catholic Church, she was buried in a nun's habit. [41] She was interred at Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. [1]



1932 The Kid from Spain Goldwyn GirlUncredited
1933 Elmer, the Great Game SpectatorUncredited
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 Gold DiggerUncredited
1934 All the King's Horses ChorineUncredited
1934 College Rhythm ChorineUncredited
1935 Broadway Hostess Chorus GirlUncredited
1935 Rumba Chorus GirlUncredited
1935 George White's 1935 Scandals ChorineUncredited
1935 Stolen Harmony ChorineUncredited
1936 King of Burlesque DancerUncredited
1936 Freshman Love Co-EdUncredited
1936 Anything Goes Chorus GirlUncredited
1936 Bengal Tiger Saloon GirlUncredited
1936 My Man Godfrey SocialiteUncredited
1936 Stage Struck Bessie FunfnickUncredited
1936 Cain and Mabel Chorus GirlUncredited
1936 Here Comes Carter NurseUncredited
1936 The Sunday Round-Up Butte SouleShort film
1936 Polo Joe Girl at Polo FieldUncredited
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 Chorus GirlUncredited
1937 Smart Blonde Dixie the Hat Check Girl
1937 Ready, Willing, and Able Dot
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl Babette Latour
1937 Slim Stumpy's Girl
1937 Little Pioneer Katie SneeShort film
1937 The Singing Marine Joan
1937 Public Wedding Florence Lane Burke
1937 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air Marjorie Day
1937 Over the Goal Co-EdUncredited
1938 The Spy Ring Elaine Burdette
1938 He Couldn't Say No Violet Coney
1938 Fools for Scandal Party GuestUncredited
1938 Wide Open Faces Betty Martin
1938 The Crowd Roars Vivian
1938 Brother Rat Claire Adams
1939 Tail Spin Alabama
1939 The Kid from Kokomo Marian Bronson
1939 Torchy Blane... Playing with Dynamite Torchy Blane
1939 Kid Nightingale Judy Craig
1939 Private Detective Myrna "Jinx" Winslow
1940 Brother Rat and a Baby Claire Terry
1940 An Angel from Texas Marge Allen
1940 Flight Angels Nan Hudson
1940 Gambling on the High Seas Laurie Ogden
1940 My Love Came Back Joy O'Keefe
1940 Tugboat Annie Sails Again Peggy Armstrong
1941 Honeymoon for Three Elizabeth Clochessy
1941 Bad Men of Missouri Mary Hathaway
1941 The Body Disappears Joan Shotesbury
1941 You're in the Army Now Bliss Dobson
1942 Larceny, Inc. Denny Costello
1942 My Favorite Spy Connie
1942 Footlight Serenade Flo La Verne
1943 Princess O'Rourke Jean Campbell
1944 Make Your Own Bed Susan Courtney
1944 The Doughgirls Vivian Marsden Halstead
1944 Crime by Night Robbie Vance
1945 The Lost Weekend Helen St. James
1946 One More Tomorrow Frankie Connors
1946 Night and Day Gracie Harris
1946 The Yearling Orry BaxterNominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1947 Cheyenne Ann Kincaid
1947 Magic Town Mary Peterman
1948 Johnny Belinda Belinda McDonald Academy Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1949 A Kiss in the Dark Polly Haines
1949 The Lady Takes a Sailor Jennifer Smith
1950 Stage Fright Eve Gill
1950 The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield
1951 Three Guys Named Mike Marcy Lewis
1951 Here Comes the Groom Emmadel Jones
1951 The Blue Veil Louise Mason Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1952 The Story of Will Rogers Betty Rogers
1952 Just for You Carolina Hill
1953Three LivesCommentatorShort film
1953 Let's Do It Again Constance "Connie" Stuart
1953 So Big Selina DeJong
1954 Magnificent Obsession Helen PhillipsNominated – Academy Award for Best Actress
1955 All That Heaven Allows Cary Scott
1955 Lucy Gallant Lucy Gallant
1956 Miracle in the Rain Ruth Wood
1959 Holiday for Lovers Mrs. Mary Dean
1960 Pollyanna Polly Harrington
1962 Bon Voyage! Katie Willard
1969 How to Commit Marriage Elaine Benson
1971 The Failing of Raymond Mary BloomquistTelevision film
1973 Amanda Fallon Dr. Amanda FallonTelevision film
1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Granny ArrowrootTelevision film

Box office ranking

For several years, film exhibitors voted Wyman as among the most popular stars in the country:


1955 G.E. True Theater Dr. Amelia MorrowEpisode: "Amelia"
1955–1958 Jane Wyman Presents Various49 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1957, 1959)
1958 Wagon Train Dr. Carol Ames WilloughbyEpisode: "The Doctor Willoughby Story"
1959 Lux Video Theatre Selena ShelbyEpisode: "A Deadly Guest"
1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Dr. KateEpisode: "Dr. Kate"
1960 Startime HostEpisode: "Academy Award Songs"
1960 Checkmate Joan TalmadgeEpisode: "Lady on the Brink"
1961 The Investigators ElaineEpisode: "Death Leaves a Tip"
1962 Wagon Train HannahEpisode: "The Wagon Train Mutiny"
1964 Insight MarieEpisode: "The Hermit"
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Addie JoslinEpisode: "When Hell Froze"
1967 Insight Auschwitz VictimEpisode: "Why Does God Allow Men to Suffer?"
1968 The Red Skelton Hour Clara ApplebyEpisode: "18.9"
1970 My Three Sons Sylvia CannonEpisode: "Who Is Sylvia?"
1972 The Sixth Sense Ruth AmesEpisode: "If I Should Die Before I Wake"
1972–1973 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Amanda FallonEpisodes: "Discovery at Fourteen" and "And Other Springs I May Not See"
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Sophia RyderEpisode: "The Desertion of Keith Ryder"
1980 The Love Boat Sister PatriciaEpisode: "Another Day, Another Time"
1980 Charlie's Angels Eleanor WillardEpisode: "To See an Angel Die"
1981–1990 Falcon Crest Angela Channing 228 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Elizabeth QuinnEpisode: "The Visitor"

Radio appearances

Burns and AllenGracie's Christmas PartyDecember. 25, 1947Wyman played Gracie Allen, due to the star's illness
Screen Guild Players The Lost Weekend January 7, 1946 [45]
Screen Guild Players Saturday's Children June 2, 1947 [46]
The Martin and Lewis ShowJane WymanNovember 30, 1951[ citation needed ]
Hollywood Star Playhouse A Letter from LauraFebruary 24, 1952 [47]
Hallmark Playhouse Whistler's MotherMay 8, 1952 [48]
Lux Radio Theatre The Blue Veil November 24, 1952 [49]

Awards and nominations

1946 Academy Award for Best Actress The Yearling Nominated
1948 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Johnny Belinda Won
Academy Award for Best ActressJohnny BelindaWon
1951Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama The Blue Veil Won
Academy Award for Best ActressThe Blue VeilNominated
1954Academy Award for Best Actress Magnificent Obsession Nominated
1957 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside TheatreNominated
1959Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesJane Wyman Presents The Fireside TheatreNominated
1983 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Falcon Crest Nominated
1984Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama Falcon Crest Won

Wyman 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.

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