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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006


Jane WymanJANE WYMAN (1914-2007), born Sarah Jane Mayfield, began her career in the entertainment industry as a radio singer, which led her to change her name to Jane Durrell. In 1936, she signed a contract with Warner Bros. and changed her name again, this time to Jane Wyman. She appeared in both A and B pictures. She gained recognition in 1945, when she played Ray Milland's wife in The Lost Weekend, but her career truly took off when she was nominated for her first Oscar in 1946 for her role as Ma Baxter in The Yearling and then, won the Best Actress award in 1949 for her role as Belinda in Johnny Belinda. She appeared in many wonderful films after that and in addition to this, she found success on television. Jane Wyman was an actress that was able to do television, go back to film and return to television, not an easy feat. For nine seasons, Jane Wyman played amazingly well the matriarch Angela Channing Erikson Stavros Agretti on the nighttime soap opera, "Falcon Crest", of which I was a loyal viewer. Wyman was nominated six times for the Soap Opera Digest Award and won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series Drama in 1984. In addition to Falcon Crest, I've seen Jane Wyman on episodes of "The Love Boat", "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", "Charlie's Angels" and "The Sixth Sense". The films mentioned here are just a sampling of her fine performances. I hope they will get you started in watching Jane Wyman films. You will not be disappointed. She's truly wonderful.

Johnny Belinda
Haven't you seen Johnny Belinda (1948)? She played Belinda McDonald.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Pollyanna (1960) She played Aunt Polly Harrington.
The Lost Weekend (1945) She played Helen St. James.
All That Heaven Allows (1955) She played Cary Scott.
Magnificent Obsession (1954) She played Helen Phillips.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Wed, Aug 30 2006 / 5:49:49 PST

Academy Awards®
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1946 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: THE YEARLING
1948 Best Actress in a Leading Role: JOHNNY BELINDA
1951 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: THE BLUE VEIL
1954 Nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role: MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION