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Jane Wyatt

From Wikipedia Jane Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the science fiction television series Star Trek. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award-winner. Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910 in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts. She made her film debut in 1934 in One More River. In arguably her most famous role, she co-starred as Ronald Colman's character's love interest in Frank Capra's Columbia Pictures film Lost Horizon (1937). Other film appearances included Gentleman's Agreement with Gregory Peck, None but the Lonely Heart with Cary Grant, Boomerang with Dana Andrews, and Our Very Own. Her film career suffered because of her outspoken opposition to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the chief figure in the anti-Communist investigations of that era, and was temporarily derailed for having assisted in hosting a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet during the Second World War, even though it was at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wyatt returned to her roots on the New York stage for a time and appeared in such plays as Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, opposite Fredric March. For many people, Wyatt is best remembered as Margaret Anderson on Father Knows Best, which aired from 1954 to 1960. She played opposite Robert Young as the devoted wife and mother of the Anderson family in the Midwestern town of Springfield. This role won Wyatt three Emmy Awards for best actress in a comedy series. After Father Knows Best, Wyatt guest starred in several other series. On June 13, 1962, she was cast in the lead in "The Heather Mahoney Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. In 1963, she portrayed Kitty McMullen in "Don't Forget to Say Goodbye" on the ABC drama, Going My Way, with Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll, a series about the Catholic priesthood in New York City. In 1965, Wyatt was cast as Anne White in "The Monkey's Paw – A Retelling" on CBS's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Wyatt was married to investment broker Edgar Bethune Ward from November 9, 1935, until his death on November 8, 2000, just one day short of the couple's 65th wedding anniversary. The couple reportedly met in the late 1920s when both were weekend houseguests of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York. Ward later converted to the Catholic faith of his wife. Wyatt suffered a mild stroke in the 1990s, but recovered well. She remained in relatively good health for the rest of her life Jane Wyatt died on October 20, 2006 of natural causes at her home in Bel-Air, California, aged 96. She was interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, next to her husband.


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Born:
Aug 12, 1910 In Campgaw - New Jersey - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
58
First Appeared:
In the movie One More River 1934-08-06
Latest Project:
Movie The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors 1993-06-30
Known For
Poster of Weekend of Terror
Poster of Alcoa Premiere
Poster of The Motorola Television Hour
Poster of Lost Horizon
Filmography
Movie The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors Narrator (voice) 1993-06-30
Movie Amityville: The Evil Escapes Alice Leacock 1989-05-12
Movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Amanda 1986-11-25
Movie Missing Children: A Mother's Story Judge Eloise Walker 1982-12-01
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie The Nativity Anna 1978-12-17
Movie A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Eleanor's mother 1978-01-15
Movie Superdome Fay Bonelli 1978-01-09
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Movie The Father Knows Best Reunion Margaret Anderson 1977-05-15
Movie Amelia Earhart Amy Earhart 1976-10-25
Movie Treasure of Matecumbe Aunt Effie 1976-07-01
Movie Katherine Emily Alman 1975-10-05
Movie You'll Never See Me Again Mary Alden 1973-03-01
Series Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Unknown 1971-09-16
Movie Weekend of Terror Sister Frances 1970-12-08
Series Love, American Style Unknown 1969-09-29
Series Marcus Welby, M.D. Unknown 1969-09-23
Series Star Trek Amanda 1966-09-08
Movie Never Too Late Grace Kimbrough 1965-11-04
Movie See How They Run Augusta Flanders 1964-10-07
Movie The Two Little Bears Anne Davis 1961-11-01
Series Alcoa Premiere Unknown 1961-10-10
Series The Play of the Week Unknown 1959-10-12
Series The Bell Telephone Hour Unknown 1959-01-12
Series Father Knows Best Margaret Anderson 1954-10-03
Series The Motorola Television Hour Unknown 1953-11-03
Series The United States Steel Hour Unknown 1953-10-27
Movie Criminal Lawyer Maggie Powell 1951-08-23
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Movie The Man Who Cheated Himself Lois Frazer 1950-12-26
Movie House by the River Marjorie Byrne 1950-03-25
Movie Our Very Own Mrs. Fred (Lois) Macaulay 1950-07-27
Movie My Blue Heaven Janet Pringle 1950-09-15
Movie Task Force Mary Morgan 1949-08-30
Movie Canadian Pacific Dr. Edith Cabot 1949-05-19
Movie Bad Boy Mrs. Maud Brown 1949-02-22
Movie No Minor Vices Miss Darlington 1948-11-12
Series Westinghouse Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie Pitfall Sue Forbes 1948-06-24
Movie Gentleman's Agreement Jane 1947-11-11
Movie Boomerang! Madge Harvey 1947-02-28
Movie The Bachelor's Daughters Marta Jordan 1946-08-06
Movie None But the Lonely Heart Aggie Hunter 1944-10-17
Movie The Kansan Eleanor Sager 1943-09-10
Movie Buckskin Frontier Vinnie Marr 1943-05-14
Movie Army Surgeon Elizabeth Ainsley 1942-12-04
Movie The Navy Comes Through Myra Mallory 1942-10-30
Movie Weekend for Three Ellen 'Gretch' Craig 1941-12-12
Movie Hurricane Smith Joan Bradley 1941-07-20
Movie Kisses for Breakfast Laura Anders 1941-07-05
Movie Girl from God's Country Anne Webster 1940-07-30
Movie Lost Horizon Sondra Bizet 1937-08-31
Movie We're Only Human Sally Rodgers 1935-12-27
Movie Gentlemen's Agreement Jane 1935-01-01
Movie Great Expectations Estella 1934-10-22
Movie One More River Dinny Cherrell 1934-08-06