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Turner Classic Movies To Honor Jane Wyman
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wyman11.jpgTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay special tribute to Oscar-winning actress Jane Wyman, who passed away Monday at the age of 93. The Friday, Sept. 14, tribute will include telecasts of Wyman's Academy Award-winning performance in Johnny Belinda (1948) at 11:15 a.m. (ET) and her breakthrough dramatic role in Billy Wilder's Best Picture Oscar winner The Lost Weekend (1945).

"I admired Jane Wyman for many things:   her versatility as an actress, her great capacity for friendship, her many years of survival in a very tough business," said TCM host Robert Osborne.  "She was a class act on and off screen.  And because she worked in films, I'm grateful we'll be able to continue enjoying her presence for years to come."

The following is the complete schedule for TCM's tribute to Jane Wyman (all times Eastern):

6 a.m.  The Doughgirls (1944)

7:45 a.m.  The Lost Weekend (1945)

9:30 a.m.   Cheyenne (1947)

11:15 a.m.   Johnny Belinda (1948)

1 p.m. The Lady Takes a Sailor (1949)

2:45 p.m.  A Kiss in the Dark (1949)

4:15 p.m.   Here Comes the Groom (1951)

6:15 p.m.   Let's Do It Again (1953)

A button-nosed star of the 1940s and 50s, Wyman began her career as a radio singer and entered films in the mid-1930s as a bit player and chorine using the name Jane Durrell.  She was pigeonholed as a peppy blonde, sometimes wisecracking, sometimes ditzy, with occasional leads in mostly low-budget fare and plenty of supporting roles in more important films. She acted such roles for a decade before garnering recognition for her sensitive performance in The Lost Weekend, opposite Ray Milland.  johnnybelinda.jpg

magnificentobsession.jpgInvariably a close-cropped brunette after that, Wyman went on to distinguish herself, typically as sensitive, intelligent, placid types, in several fine dramas and the occasional (if generally less worthy) comedy or musical.  Among her career plaudits were her four Oscar nominations for Best Actress for her dramatic roles as a stern mother in The Yearling (1946), as a deaf-mute rape victim in Johnny Belinda (1948, which won her the award), as a self-sacrificing nursemaid in The Blue Veil (1951) and as Rock Hudson's Magnificent Obsession in the 1954 Douglas Sirk melodrama.

In the mid-50s, Wyman appeared regularly on TV as host of The Jane Wyman Theatre.   Though her feature stardom began to slide rather abruptly, she also continued performing in films including Sirk's All That Heaven Allows (1956).  One of her last notable feature leads came in the Disney film Pollyanna (1960), in which she revisited the role of the stern matriarch who learns to love which she had played in The Yearling.  Following an absence of several years, she resurfaced in a number of TV movies and later emerged in the 1980s as Angela Channing, one of America's favorite nasty matriarchs, in the popular prime-time soap Falcon Crest.

Wyman's second husband was actor and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan.   They had two children:   daughter Maureen, a sometime actress, singer and White House adviser who died in 2001, and adopted son, Michael, a radio personality.  She later twice married and divorced Fox musician and vocal coach Fred Karger.   (Source:, TCM's online movie database.)

Photo credits: MGM & Universal Pictures




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