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Jane Greer

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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


  • 1 Early years
  • 2 Music
  • 3 Film
  • 4 Television
  • 5 Recognition
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Death
  • 8 Film and television appearances
    • 81 Film
    • 82 Television
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Early yearsedit

The five-foot five Greer began life as Bettejane Greer in Washington, DC, the daughter of Charles Durell McClellan Greer, Jr, and his wife, Bettie1 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'"2 She claimed that the facial exercises used to overcome the paralysis taught her how to convey human emotion3

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


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, DC, with the orchestra of Enrique Madriguera5 She "sang phonetically in Spanish" with the group6


With 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 Studios6 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 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"7


Greer's noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Quincy, ME, 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 on TV's Saturday Night Live in 1987 Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest in 1984, and Twin Peaks in 1990, in recurring roles


Greer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1634 Vine Street for her contributions to the motion picture industry The star was dedicated February 8, 19608

Personal lifeedit

Jane Greer married Rudy Vallee December 2, 1943, in Hollywood9 They separated after three months and divorced July 27, 19441011 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, Sneakers12 Greer and Lasker divorced in 19676 Frank London an actor and dialogue coach was Greer's domestic partner from 1965 until his death in 2001; he predeceased her by six months13


Greer died of cancer on August 24, 2001 at the age of 76, in Bel Air, Los Angeles14 Her body was interred at Los Angeles' Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery15

Film and television appearancesedit



  • Twin PeaksSeason 2, episodes 8, 9, and 10 1990
  • Columbo Season 4, Episode 4, "Troubled Waters" 1975
  • Quincy, ME Season 4, Episode 13, "The Depth of Beauty" 1979
  • Murder She Wrote "The Last Flight of The Dixie Damsel" 1988 Episode 112
  • Bonanza16 "The Julia Bulette Story" 1959 Episode 6


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

External linksedit

  • Jane Greer on Internet Movie Database
  • Jane Greer at Find a Grave

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