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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 .

CONTENTS

* 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

EARLY YEARS

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 later lead 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."

MUSIC

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.

FILM

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 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), alongside Out of the Past co-star Robert Mitchum
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 (1952), 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."

TELEVISION

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.
Quincy, M.E.
, Murder, She Wrote , and a 1975 gig with Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn in an episode of Columbo titled Troubled Waters. She even got to make fun of Out of the Past in a parody with Robert Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
on TV's Saturday Night Live in 1987. Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest in 1984, and Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
in 1990, in recurring roles.

RECOGNITION

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.

PERSONAL LIFE

Jane Greer
Jane Greer
married Rudy Vallee
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.

DEATH

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

FILM

* 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
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)

TELEVISION

* Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks
...Season 2, episodes 8, 9, and 10 (1990) * Columbo ... Season 4, Episode 4, "Troubled Waters" (1975) * Quincy, M.E.
Quincy, M.E.
... Season 4, Episode 13, "The Depth of Beauty" (1979) * Murder She Wrote
Murder She Wrote
"The Last Flight of The Dixie Damsel" 1988 Episode 112 * Bonanza ] "The Julia Bulette Story" 1959 Episode 6

REFERENCES

* ^ "Rudee Vallee Will Take Bride This Evening". The Daily Chronicle. December 2, 1943. p. 11. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com . * ^ " Jane Greer
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profile at". Yahoo! Movies. * ^ " Jane Greer
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Biography". hollywoodupclose.com. * ^ "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
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Weds Lasker". The Decatur Daily Review. August 21, 1947. p. 34. Retrieved October 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com . * ^ " Jane Greer
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Obituary" . The Telegraph. 28 Aug 2001. * ^ Jane Greer
Jane Greer
- L.A. Times Hollywood Star Walk * ^