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Jane Greer
Jane Greer
(born Bettejane Greer; September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001) was an American film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the 1947 film noir Out of the Past.

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1 Early years 2 Music 3 Film 4 Television 5 Recognition 6 Personal life 7 Death 8 Complete filmography 9 Partial television credits 10 References 11 External links

Early years[edit] The five-foot five Greer began life as Bettejane Greer in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Charles Durell McClellan Greer, Jr., and his wife, Bettie.[1] In 1940, at age 15, Greer suffered from a facial palsy, which paralyzed the left side of her face. She recovered, but it has been speculated that the condition contributed to her "patented look" and "a calm, quizzical gaze and an enigmatic expression that would later lead RKO
RKO
to promote her as 'the woman with the Mona Lisa smile'."[2] She claimed that the facial exercises used to overcome the paralysis taught her how to convey human emotion.[3] On December 4, 1945, Greer had her name legally changed to Jane Greer by a court in Los Angeles. She said of her previous name: "Mine is a sissy name. It's too bo-peepish, ingenueish, for the type of role I've been playing. It's like Mary Lou or Mary Ann."[4] Music[edit] A beauty-contest winner and professional model from her teens, Greer began her show business career as a big band singer. She sang in Washington, D.C., with the orchestra of Enrique Madriguera.[5] She "sang phonetically in Spanish" with the group.[6] Film[edit]

With Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
in Out of the Past

Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes
spotted Greer modeling in the June 8, 1942, issue of Life magazine and sent her to Hollywood to become an actress. Hughes lent out the actress to RKO
RKO
to star in many films, (another source says Greer's then-husband, Rudy Vallee, "helped her get out of her contract with Hughes and secure another pact with RKO
RKO
Studios"[6]) including Dick Tracy (1945), Out of the Past
Out of the Past
(1947), They Won't Believe Me (1947), and the comedy/suspense film The Big Steal
The Big Steal
(1949), alongside Out of the Past
Out of the Past
co-star Robert Mitchum. Hughes refused to let her work for a time; when she finally began film acting again, she appeared in You're in the Navy Now
You're in the Navy Now
(1951), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), Run for the Sun
Run for the Sun
(1956), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). In 1984, she was cast in Against All Odds, a remake of Out of the Past, as the mother of the character she had played in 1947. In 1952, Greer obtained a release from her contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Studios. She said: "When there is a good role at MGM, the producers want Lana or Ava. There is no chance for another actress to develop into important stardom at the studio."[7] Television[edit] Greer's noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Quincy, M.E., Murder, She Wrote, and a 1975 gig with Peter Falk
Peter Falk
and Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn
in an episode of Columbo
Columbo
titled Troubled Waters. She even got to make fun of Out of the Past
Out of the Past
in a parody with Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
on TV's Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
in 1987. Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest
Falcon Crest
in 1984, and Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
in 1990, in recurring roles. Recognition[edit] Greer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 1634 Vine Street for her contributions to the motion picture industry. The star was dedicated on February 8, 1960.[8] Personal life[edit] Jane Greer
Jane Greer
married Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee
on December 2, 1943, in Hollywood.[9] They separated after three months and divorced on July 27, 1944.[10][11] On August 20, 1947, Greer married Edward Lasker (1912–1997), a Los Angeles lawyer and businessman, with whom she had three sons: Alex, Steven, and Lawrence, a movie producer (WarGames, Sneakers).[12] Greer and Lasker divorced in 1967.[6] Frank London (an actor and dialogue coach) was Greer's domestic partner from 1965 until his death in 2001; he predeceased her by six months.[13] Death[edit] Greer died of cancer on August 24, 2001 at the age of 76, in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[14] Her body was interred at Los Angeles' Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.[15] Complete filmography[edit]

Pan-Americana
Pan-Americana
(1945) as Miss Downing (uncredited) Two O'Clock Courage
Two O'Clock Courage
(1945) as Helen Carter (as Bettejane Greer) George White's Scandals (1945) as Billie Randall (as Bettejane Greer) Dick Tracy (1945) as Judith Owens The Falcon's Alibi
The Falcon's Alibi
(1946) as Lola Carpenter Sunset Pass (1946) as Lolita Baxter The Bamboo Blonde
The Bamboo Blonde
(1946) as Eileen Sawyer Sinbad the Sailor (1947) as Pirouze They Won't Believe Me
They Won't Believe Me
(1947) as Janice Bell Out of the Past
Out of the Past
(1947) as Kathie Station West
Station West
(1948) as Charlie The Big Steal
The Big Steal
(1949) as Joan Graham The Company She Keeps (1951) as Diane Stuart You're in the Navy Now
You're in the Navy Now
(1951) as Ellie C. Harkness You for Me (1952) as Katie McDermad The Prisoner of Zenda (1952) as Antoinette de Mauban Desperate Search
Desperate Search
(1952) as Julie Heldon The Clown (1953) as Paula Henderson Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953) as Diana Forrester Run for the Sun
Run for the Sun
(1956) as Katherine "Katie" Connors Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) as Hazel Bennet Chaney Where Love Has Gone (1964) as Marian Spicer Billie (1965) as Agnes Carol The Outfit (1973) as Alma Macklin A Christmas for Boomer (1979 TV movie) The Shadow Riders (1982 TV movie) as Ma Traven Against All Odds (1984) as Mrs. Wyler Just Between Friends
Just Between Friends
(1986) as Ruth Chadwick Immediate Family (1989) as Michael's Mother Perfect Mate (1996) as Mom

Partial television credits[edit]

The Ford Television Theatre - "Look for Tomorrow" (1953), "One Man Missing (1955)", "Moment of Decision" (1957) Celebrity Playhouse - "Diamonds in the Sky" (1955) as Nina Zane Grey Theater - "A Gun for My Bride" (1957), "The Vaunted" (1958), "Stagecoach to Yuma" (1960) Playhouse 90
Playhouse 90
- "No Time at All" (1958) as Karen Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
- "A True Account" (1959) as Mrs. Cannon-Hughes Bonanza
Bonanza
- "The Julia Bulette Story" (1959) as Julia Bulette Stagecoach West
Stagecoach West
- "High Lonesome" (1960) as Kathleen Kane Thriller - "Portrait Without a Face" (1961) as Ann Moffat Burke's Law - "Who Killed My Girl?" (1964) as Lonnie Smith Columbo
Columbo
"Troubled Waters" (1975) as Sylvia Danziger Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
"The Depth of Beauty" (1979) as Dorrie Larkin Falcon Crest
Falcon Crest
(1984) as Charlotte Pershing (recurring role, 6 episodes) The Law & Harry McGraw - "Murder by Landslide" (1987) as Augusta Stillman Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
- "Robert Mitchum/Simply Red" (1987) as Kathy (uncredited) Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
- "The Last Flight of the Dixie Damsel" (1988) as Bonnie Phelps Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
Season 2 episodes 8, 9 and 10 (1990) as Vivian Smythe Niles

References[edit]

^ "Rudee Vallee Will Take Bride This Evening". The Daily Chronicle. December 2, 1943. p. 11. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
profile at". Yahoo! Movies.  ^ " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
Biography". hollywoodupclose.com. [permanent dead link] ^ "Bettejane Greer Changes Name". The Bee. December 5, 1945. p. 7. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Carroll, Harrison (August 8, 1945). "Behind the Scenes in Hollywood". The Morning News. p. 6. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ a b c Bowlin, Michael (June 9, 1991). " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
had roles into mid '80s". The Kerrville Times. p. 48. Retrieved October 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ Johnson, Erskine (December 17, 1952). "Eclipsed By Stars, Jane Greer Quits Studio". The Fresno Bee The Republican. p. 36. Retrieved October 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
- Hollywood Walk of Fame". walkoffame.com. Retrieved 16 January 2017.  ^ "Bettejane Greer and Lt. Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee
Wed". Dunkirk Evening Observer. December 3, 1943. p. 4. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Bettejane Greer and Rudy Vallee
Rudy Vallee
Separate". Dunkirk Evening Observer. March 7, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Bettejane Greer Granted Divorce From Rudy Vallee". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 27, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
Weds Lasker". The Decatur Daily Review. August 21, 1947. p. 34. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ " Jane Greer
Jane Greer
Obituary". The Telegraph. 28 Aug 2001.  ^ Jane Greer
Jane Greer
- L.A. Times Hollywood Star Walk ^ Jane Greer
Jane Greer
- Find a Grave

External links[edit]

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 46961804 LCCN: n86041439 ISNI: 0000 0000 6302 2152 SUDOC: 059568151 BNF: cb140399182 (data) BNE: XX1108

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