Monday, September 10, 2007

Jane Wyman Dies at 93

From CNN:

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Jane Wyman, an Academy Award winner for her performance as the deaf rape victim in "Johnny Belinda," star of the long-running TV series "Falcon Crest" and Ronald Reagan's first wife, died Monday morning at 93.

Wyman died at her Palm Springs home, said Richard Adney of Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Cathedral City. No other details were immediately available.


Wyman's film career spanned from the 1930s, including "Gold Diggers of 1937," to 1969's "How to Commit Marriage," co-starring Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason. From 1981 to 1990 she played Angela Channing, a Napa Valley winery owner who maintained her power with a steely will on CBS' "Falcon Crest."


Her marriage in 1940 to fellow Warner Bros. contract player Reagan was celebrated in the fan magazines as one of Hollywood's ideal unions. While he was in uniform during World War II, her career ascended, signaled by her 1946 Oscar nomination for "The Yearling."

I'll always remember Wyman for her role as Aunt Polly in Pollyanna, a favorite of mine as a little kid, and when I got older for Douglas Sirk's 1955 masterpiece All That Heaven Allows, in which she played a widowed housewife in love with a younger man, played by Rock Hudson.

She was a fine talent and a beautiful woman, and she will be missed.

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