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 .
* 1 Early years
* 2 Music
* 3 Film
* 4 Television
* 5 Recognition
* 6 Personal life
* 7 Death
* 8 Film and television appearances
* 8.1 Film
* 8.2 Television
* 9 References
* 10 External links
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. 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
RKO to promote her as 'the woman with the Mona Lisa
smile'." She claimed that the facial exercises used to overcome the
paralysis taught her how to convey human emotion .
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."
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. She "sang
phonetically in Spanish" with the group.
Robert Mitchum in
Out of the Past
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 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 Studios )
including Dick Tracy (1945),
Out of the Past (1947), They Won\'t
Believe Me (1947), and the comedy/suspense film
The Big Steal (1949),
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 (1951), The Prisoner of Zenda
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 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."
Greer's noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on
episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock
Quincy, M.E. ,
Murder, She Wrote , and a 1975 gig
Peter Falk and
Robert Vaughn in an episode of
Troubled Waters. She even got to make fun of
Out of the Past in a
Robert Mitchum on TV's
Saturday Night Live in 1987. Greer
joined the casts of
Falcon Crest in 1984, and
Twin Peaks in 1990, in
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 February 8, 1960.
Jane Greer married
Rudy Vallee December 2, 1943, in Hollywood. They
separated after three months and divorced July 27, 1944. 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 ). Greer and
Lasker divorced in 1967. 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.
Greer died of cancer on August 24, 2001 at the age of 76, in Bel Air,
Los Angeles . Her body was interred at Los Angeles' Westwood Village
Memorial Park Cemetery .
FILM AND TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Pan-Americana (1945) (uncredited)
* Two O\'Clock Courage (1945) (as Bettejane Greer)
* George White\'s Scandals (1945) (as Bettejane Greer)
* Dick Tracy (1945)
* The Falcon\'s Alibi (1946)
* Sunset Pass (1946)
The Bamboo Blonde (1946)
* Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
* They Won\'t Believe Me (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
Station West (1948)
The Big Steal (1949)
The Company She Keeps (1951)
* You\'re in the Navy Now (1951)
* Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1952)
You for Me (1952)
* The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Desperate Search (1952)
* The Clown (1953)
Run for the Sun (1956)
* Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
* Where Love Has Gone (1964)
* Billie (1965)
* The Outfit (1973)
* The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV movie)
* Against All Odds (1984)
Just Between Friends (1986)
* Immediate Family (1989)
* Perfect Mate (1996)
Twin Peaks ...Season 2, episodes 8, 9, and 10 (1990)
Columbo ... Season 4, Episode 4, "Troubled Waters" (1975)
Quincy, M.E. ... Season 4, Episode 13, "The Depth of Beauty"
Murder She Wrote
Murder She Wrote "The Last Flight of The Dixie Damsel" 1988
Bonanza ] "The Julia Bulette Story" 1959 Episode 6
* ^ "Rudee Vallee Will Take Bride This Evening". The Daily
Chronicle. December 2, 1943. p. 11. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ "
Jane Greer profile at". Yahoo! Movies.
* ^ "
Jane Greer Biography". hollywoodupclose.com.
* ^ "Bettejane Greer Changes Name". The Bee. December 5, 1945. p.
7. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ Carroll, Harrison (August 8, 1945). "Behind the Scenes in
Hollywood". The Morning News. p. 6. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ A B C Bowlin, Michael (June 9, 1991). "
Jane Greer had roles
into mid \'80s". The Kerrville Times. p. 48. Retrieved October 4, 2015
* ^ Johnson, Erskine (December 17, 1952). "Eclipsed By Stars, Jane
Greer Quits Studio". The Fresno Bee The Republican. p. 36. Retrieved
October 4, 2015 – via
* ^ "
Jane Greer - Hollywood Walk of Fame". walkoffame.com.
Retrieved 16 January 2017.
* ^ "Bettejane Greer and Lt.
Rudy Vallee Wed". Dunkirk Evening
Observer. December 3, 1943. p. 4. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ "Bettejane Greer and
Rudy Vallee Separate". Dunkirk Evening
Observer. March 7, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ "Bettejane Greer Granted Divorce From Rudy Vallee". The
Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 27, 1944. p. 3. Retrieved October 3, 2015
* ^ "
Jane Greer Weds Lasker". The Decatur Daily Review. August 21,
1947. p. 34. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via
* ^ "
Jane Greer Obituary" . The Telegraph. 28 Aug 2001.
Jane Greer - L.A. Times Hollywood Star Walk