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*JR*
Sep 10th, 2007, 04:36 PM
* Oscar winner, "Falcon Crest" star Jane Wyman dead at 93
* Actress was Ronald Reagan's first wife
* Won Oscar for "Johnny Belinda"

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 "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."

The couple divorced in 1948, the year she won the Oscar for "Johnny Belinda." Reagan reportedly cracked to a friend: "Maybe I should name Johnny Belinda as co-respondent."

After Reagan became governor of California and then president of the United States, Wyman kept a decorous silence about her ex-husband, who had married actress Nancy Davis. In a 1968 newspaper interview, Wyman explained the reason:

"It's not because I'm bitter or because I don't agree with him politically. I've always been a registered Republican. But it's bad taste to talk about ex-husbands and ex-wives, that's all. Also, I don't know a damn thing about politics."

A few days after Reagan died on June 5, 2004, Wyman broke her silence, saying: "America has lost a great president and a great, kind and gentle man."

Infiniti2001
Sep 10th, 2007, 04:54 PM
RIP Jane http://i9.tinypic.com/4veabcw.gif God, I loved this hot bitch as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest :hearts: :lol:

Frode
Sep 10th, 2007, 06:03 PM
R.I.P

Most know in my country for "Falcon Crest".

Helen Lawson
Sep 10th, 2007, 07:02 PM
I Want to Live! has aged a lot better than that barf-fest Johnny Belinda!

But I'll have to say, she was great as Angela Channing. They just didn't think a firey red-head like me could play a cool, calculating business woman.

tarheel
Sep 10th, 2007, 08:06 PM
sad. I didnt realize she won an oscar...

Helen Lawson
Sep 10th, 2007, 08:12 PM
sad. I didnt realize she won an oscar...

Maybe it'll end up in a museum like mine!

http://www.findadeath.com/Deceased/c/bing/oscar.jpg

Joan Rivers
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:14 PM
RIP Jane. When they were rumored to be axing Falcon Crest she went to the CBS directors and told them to keep the show going. Not for her - but for the Vaseline plant workers who would lose their jobs supplying the Vaseline they smeared on her camera for her scenes. A class act!

Helen Lawson
Sep 10th, 2007, 09:25 PM
RIP Jane. When they were rumored to be axing Falcon Crest she went to the CBS directors and told them to keep the show going. Not for her - but for the Vaseline plant workers who would lose their jobs supplying the Vaseline they smeared on her camera for her scenes. A class act!


All that work on the face, but she still had the old-lady perm. That was the only thing that didn't make sense about her portrayal of Angela Channing. Angela Channing would not have an old-lady perm!

moon
Sep 10th, 2007, 11:13 PM
RIP Jane http://i9.tinypic.com/4veabcw.gif God, I loved this hot bitch as Angela Channing on Falcon Crest :hearts: :lol:

Ditto.
RIP Jane :sad: .
They don't make good shows like that anymore.

Dawn Marie
Sep 11th, 2007, 01:10 AM
RIP. I loved Falcon Crest! She was the BOMB!!