Jane Wyatt

Jane Wyatt

Performer

Jane Wyatt, the stage and film actress who found her greatest success on the small screen's warm-hearted sitcom "Father Knows Best," died on Oct. 20, 2006, at her home in Bel Air, California. She was 95. On film, Ms. Wyatt was known for playing pretty, devoted and rather dull wives to virtuous men, who were often portrayed by Hollywood's leading men, including Gary Cooper (in "Task Force"), Dana Andrews ("Boomerang") and Cary Grant ("None But the Lonely Heart"). Still, she did her wifely duty in service of some of filmdom's finest directors, including Elia Kazan, who directed her in "Boomerang" and "Gentlemen's Agreement," and Frank Capra, who cast her in what is perhaps her best-known role, as an enchanting resident of the mythical Shangri-la, who almost tempts Ronald Colman away from the wicked world.

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  • Also known as: Jane Waddington Wyatt
  • Born: Aug 12, 1911 in Campgaw, NJ, USA
  • Death: Oct 20, 2006 in Bel Air, California

Roles (15)

The Autumn Garden Playbill - March 1951 The Autumn Garden (1951)
Opened Mar 7, 1951
  • as Nina Denery (Original)
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Hope for the Best Playbill - Feb 1945 Hope for the Best (1945)
Opened Feb 7, 1945
  • as Lucille Daly (Original)
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Production Placeholder Quiet, Please! (1940)
Opened Nov 8, 1940
  • as Carol Adams (Original)
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Night Music Playbill - Opening Night Night Music (1940)
Opened Feb 22, 1940
  • as Fay Tucker (Original)
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Production Placeholder Save Me the Waltz (1938)
Opened Feb 28, 1938
  • as Princess Claudine (Original)
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The Bishop Misbehaves Playbill - Feb 1935 The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)
Opened Feb 20, 1935
  • as Hester Grantham (Original)
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Lost Horizons Playbill - Nov 1934 Lost Horizons (1934)
Opened Oct 15, 1934
  • as Janet Evans (Original)
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Production Placeholder The Joyous Season (1934)
Opened Jan 29, 1934
  • as Theresa Farley Battle (Original)
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Dinner at Eight Playbill - Oct 1932 Dinner at Eight (1932)
Opened Oct 22, 1932
  • as Paula Jordan (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Apr 30, 1933
For Services Rendered Playbill - April 1933 For Services Rendered (1933)
Opened Apr 12, 1933
  • as Lois Ardsley (Original)
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