Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Her parents were Manning J. Mayfield and Gladys Hope Christian, a doctor's stenographer and office assistant without any CNA training. They divorced in 1921 and Manning died the following year. After her ex-husband's death, Gladys moved to Cleveland, Ohio to work. Five-year-old Sarah Jane was unoffically adopted by Richard and Emma Fulks, and the child eventually assumed the name Sarah Jane Fulks.
She has had a long, distinguished and varied career in Hollywood. In the 1930s, she began her career as a radio singer using the name Jane Durrell. In 1932 she began appearing in films in bit parts as Sarah Jane Fulks. She signed a long-term contract with Warner Brothers in 1936 under the name Jane Wyman and acted in both A and B pictures. Miss Wyman appeared opposite her future husband, Ronald Reagan, in 1938's Brother Rat and its 1940 sequel Brother Rat and a Baby.
During the early 40s she toiled in comedies and melodramas and was finally noticed for her role as Ray Milland's long-suffering girlfriend in The Lost Weekend. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Ma Baxter in The Yearling and won the coveted prize in 1949 for her role as deaf-mute rape victim Belinda MacDonald in Johnny Belinda. Miss Wyman's expressive eyes told the audience Belinda's story.
Her work after Johnny Belinda was varied. She starred in Hitchcock's Stage Fright, Capra's Here Comes the Groom, Curtiz's The Story of Will Rogers and the first movie version of The Glass Menagerie. She appeared opposite Bing Crosby in the musical Just For You.
1950s audiences preferred her in soap operas and she was Oscar-nominated for her performances in 1951's The Blue Veil and 1954's Magnificent Obsession. She also starred in the very popular So Big, Lucy Gallant, All That Heaven Allows and Miracle in the Rain.
Miss Wyman hosted television's "Fireside Theatre" also known as "Jane Wyman Presents" and "Jane Wyman Theater". She starred in many of the episodes and co-produced the series which ran from 1955-1958.
She returned to the big screen in Holiday for Lovers , Pollyanna  and her last feature film How to Commit Marriage .
Miss Wyman starred as Angela Channing on the TV series "Falcon Crest" from 1981-1990 and has appeared in various made-for-television movies.
On a personal note, Miss Wyman was married several times: Myron Futterman - married June 29, 1937; divorced November 1, 1938, Ronald Reagan - married January 26, 1940; divorced June 28, 1948, and Fred Karger twice - married November 1, 1952; divorced December 7, 1954 - remarried March 11, 1961; divorced March 9, 1965. She had a daughter, Maureen Reagan, born January 4, 1941; died of malignant melanoma August 8, 2001. She had a son, Michael Reagan, born March 18, 1945; adopted by Jane Wyman and Ronald Reagan on March 21, 1945. A daughter, Christine Reagan, was born prematurely on June 26, 1947 and passed away nine hours later. Her Best Actress Oscar for Johnny Belinda made her the only wife of a future U.S. president ever to win such an award. She presented the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award from the Arthritis Foundation annually in Rancho Mirage, CA, USA.
On June 11, 2004, Jane Wyman broke decades of silence regarding her former husband, President Ronald Reagan, saying, "America has lost a great president and a great, kind and gentle man."
CLICK HERE to read the mini-article on Jane Wyman in the June 2003 issue of Biography Magazine.
CLICK HERE to read Maureen Reagan's obituary.
Miss Wyman died September 10, 2007. CLICK HERE to read her obituaries.
An exclusive interview with Jane Wyman is featured on the following DVD and DVD set. Click on DVD titles to order.
Stage Fright [DVD](1950) DVD
After he's accused of murdering his mistress' husband, Richard Todd turns to the only person who believes he's innocent, drama student and ex-girlfriend Jane Wyman. As Wyman plays detective to find the real killer, her search leads to the victim's wife, famed actress Marlene Dietrich. Michael Wilding, Kay Walsh and Alastair Sim also star in Hitchcock's thriller. 110 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French.
Alfred Hitchcock: The Signature Collection [DVD] DVD
Ten-disc set includes "Foreign Correspondent," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "Suspicion," "Stage Fright," "Strangers on a Train" (two-disc special edition), "I Confess," "Dial M for Murder," "The Wrong Man," and "North by Northwest."
MAJOR AWARDS BY YEAR
RealAudio and Video
CLICK HERE to listen to the full Falcon Crest Theme by © Bill Conti
CLICK HERE to listen to the 1983 Falcon Crest Theme by © Bill Conti
CLICK HERE to view Angela's Soliloquy from the final Falcon Crest episode
CLICK HERE to listen to the full Falcon Crest Theme by © Bill Conti
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick (1996)
"Falcon Crest" (1981) TV Series .... Angela Channing
Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel, The (1979) (TV) .... Granny Arrowroot
Failing of Raymond, The (1971) (TV) .... Mary Bloomquist
How to Commit Marriage (1969) .... Elaine Benson
Bon Voyage! (1962) .... Katie Willard
Pollyanna (1960) .... Aunt Polly
Holiday for Lovers (1959) .... Mary Dean
"Summer Playhouse" (1954) TV Series .... Host (1957)
Miracle in the Rain (1956) .... Ruth Wood
"Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre" (1955) TV Series
aka "Jane Wyman Presents" (1955)
aka "Jane Wyman Theater" (1955)
All That Heaven Allows (1955) .... Cary Scott
Lucy Gallant (1955) .... Lucy Gallant
Magnificent Obsession (1954) .... Helen Phillips
Let's Do It Again (1953) .... Constance Stuart
So Big (1953) .... Selina DeJong
Just For You (1952) .... Carolina Hill
Story of Will Rogers, The (1952) .... Betty Rogers
Here Comes the Groom (1951) .... Emmadel Jones
Three Guys Named Mike (1951) .... Marcy lewis
Blue Veil, The (1951) .... Louise Mason
Starlift (1951) .... Guest Star
Stage Fright (1950) .... Eve Gill
Glass Menagerie, The (1950) .... Laura Wingfield
It's a Great Feeling (1949) .... Herself
Kiss in the Dark, A (1949) .... Polly Haines
Lady Takes a Sailor, The (1949) .... Jennifer Smith
Johnny Belinda (1948) .... Belinda McDonald
Magic Town (1947) .... Mary Peterman
Cheyenne (1947) .... Ann Kincaid
Night and Day (1946) .... Gracie Harris
One More Tomorrow (1946) .... Fran Connors
Yearling, The (1946) .... Ma Baxter
Lost Weekend, The (1945) .... Helen St. James
Hollywood Canteen (1944) .... Herself
Crime by Night (1944) .... Robbie Vance
Doughgirls, The (1944) .... Vivian Marsden
Make Your Own Bed (1944) .... Susan Courtney
Princess O'Rourke (1943) .... Jean
Larceny, Inc. (1942) .... Denny Costello
Footlight Serenade (1942) .... Flo La Verne
My Favorite Spy (1942) .... Connie
You're in the Army Now (1941) .... Bliss Dobson
Bad Men of Missouri (1941) .... Mary Hathaway
Body Disappears, The (1941) .... Lynn Shotesbury
Honeymoon for Three (1941) .... Elizabeth Clochessy
Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940) .... Peggy Armstrong
My Love Came Back (1940) .... Joy O'Keefe
Angel from Texas, An (1940) .... Marge Allen
Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) .... Claire Terry
Flight Angels (1940) .... Nan Hudson
Gambling On the High Seas (1940) .... Laurie Ogden
Torchy Plays with Dynamite (1939) .... Torchy Blane
Tail Spin (1939) .... Alabama
Kid From Kokomo, The (1939) .... Marian Bronson
Kid Nightingale (1939) .... Judy Craig
Private Detective (1939) .... Myrna 'Jinx' Winslow
Brother Rat (1938) .... Claire Adams
Crowd Roars, The (1938) .... Vivian
Fools for Scandal (1938) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
He Couldn't Say No (1938) .... Violet Coney
Spy Ring, The (1938) .... Elaine Burdette
Wide Open Faces (1938) .... Betty Martin
Public Wedding (1937) .... Flip Lane
Mr. Dodd Takes the Air (1937) .... Marjorie Day
Singing Marine, The (1937) .... Joan
King and the Chorus Girl, The (1937) .... Babette
Smart Blonde (1937) .... Dixie
Ready, Willing and Able (1937) .... Dot
Slim (1937) .... Stumpy's Girl
My Man Godfrey (1936) (uncredited) .... Party Guest
Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) (uncredited) .... Bit Part
Anything Goes (1936) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Cain and Mabel (1936) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Polo Joe (1936) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Stage Struck (1936) .... Bessie Fuffnick
King of Burlesque (1935) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Rumba (1935) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Stolen Harmony (1935) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
All the King's Horses (1934) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
College Rhythm (1934) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Elmer the Great (1933) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Bit Part
Kid from Spain, The (1932) (as Sarah Jane Fulks) .... Goldwyn Girl
Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (1993) playing "Mrs. Quinn" in episode: "Visitor, The" (episode # 1.2) 1/9/1993
"Charlie's Angels" (1976) playing "Eleanor Willard" in episode: "To See an Angel Die" (episode # 5.3) 11/23/1980
"Andy Williams Show, The" (1962) 10/29/1963
"Andy Williams Show, The" (1962) 1/17/1963
"Wagon Train" (1957) in episode: "Wagon Train Mutiny, The" (episode # 6.1) 9/19/1962
"Investigators, The" (1961) in episode: "Death Leaves a Tip" 11/30/1961
"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1958) playing "Dr. Kate" in episode: "Dr. Kate" 1960
"Wagon Train" (1957) playing "Dr. Carol Willoughby" in episode: "Doctor Willoughby Story, The" (episode # 2.6) 11/5/1958
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