- Jane Porter (Tarzan)
Jane Porter (later Jane Clayton, Lady Greystoke) is a major character in
Edgar Rice Burroughs's series of Tarzannovels, and in adaptations of the saga to other media, particularly film.
In the novels
Jane, an American from
Baltimore, Maryland, is the love interestand later the wife of Tarzan, and subsequently the mother of their son Korak. She develops over the course of the series from a conventional damsel in distresswho must be rescued from various perils to a competent and capable adventuress in her own right, fully capable of defending herself and surviving on her own in the jungles of Africa. She first appeared in the initial Tarzan novel, " Tarzan of the Apes" (1912), reappearing in the second, " The Return of Tarzan" (1913), the third, " The Beasts of Tarzan" (1914), the fourth, " The Son of Tarzan" (1914), the fifth, " Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar" (1916), the seventh, " Tarzan the Untamed" (1920), the eighth, " Tarzan the Terrible" (1921), the ninth, " Tarzan and the Golden Lion" (1923), the tenth, " Tarzan and the Ant Men" (1924), and the nineteenth, " Tarzan's Quest" (1936). Jane also appeared in a minor role in the non-Tarzan novel " The Eternal Lover" (1925).
Jane has appeared in numerous adaptations of the Tarzan stories, notably a number of Tarzan movies based on "
Tarzan of the Apes", including the silent films "Tarzan of the Apes" (1918) and " The Romance of Tarzan" (1918).
The most famous screen Jane was played by
Maureen O'Sullivanopposite Johnny Weissmullerin the sound film " Tarzan the Ape Man" (1932), and its sequels, which changed the character's name to Jane Parker, portrayed her as British rather than American, and made her and Tarzan the adoptive parents of an orphan the named "Boy." Remakes of the 1932 film ("Tarzan, the Ape Man" (1959) and " Tarzan, the Ape Man" (1981)) reprised this portrayal.
Jane also appears in two more recent movie adaptations, "" (1984), and "Tarzan" (1999), an animated film. This version of Jane also appears in Square Enix's
Kingdom Heartsseries in the Deep Jungle world. The most recent live-action movie released was 1998's "Tarzan and the Lost City", with Jane Marchas Jane Porter opposite Casper Van Dienas Tarzan.
Enid Markey1918, 1918 ( Elmo Lincolnas Tarzan)
Karla Schramm1920, 1920 ( Gene Pollaras Tarzan; P. Dempsey Tableras Tarzan)
Louise Lorraine1921 ( Elmo Lincolnas Tarzan)
Dorothy Dunbar1927 (James H. Pierce as Tarzan)
Natalie Kingston1929 (Frank Merrill as Tarzan)
Maureen O'Sullivan1932, 1934, 1936, 1939, 1941, 1942 ( Johnny Weissmulleras Tarzan)
*Brenda Joyce 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 (
Johnny Weissmulleras Tarzan; Lex Barkeras Tarzan)
Vanessa Brown1950 ( Lex Barkeras Tarzan)
Virginia Huston1951 ( Lex Barkeras Tarzan)
Dorothy Hart1952 ( Lex Barkeras Tarzan)
Joyce MacKenzie1953 ( Lex Barkeras Tarzan)
*Eve Brent, 1958, 1958 (
Gordon Scottas Tarzan)
Joanna Barnes1959 ( Denny Milleras Tarzan)
Bo Derek1981 ( Miles O'Keeffeas Tarzan)
Andie MacDowell1984 ( Christopher Lambertas Tarzan)
*Kim Crosby 1989 (
Joe Laraas Tarzan)
Lydie Denier1991-1994 (TV series) ( Wolf Larsonas Tarzan)
Jane March1998 ( Casper Van Dienas Tarzan)
Minnie Driver1999 (voice - Disney's animated Tarzan) ( Tony Goldwynas the voice of Tarzan)
Olivia D'Abo2001 (voice - animated TV series) ( Michael T. Weissas the voice of Tarzan)
Sarah Wayne Callies2003 (WB series) ( Travis Fimmelas Tarzan)
Joan Burroughs Pierce1932-1934
Ethel Dwyer1921 (Broadway)
Jenn Gambatese2006 (Disney's Broadway Musical)
Naia Kelly2002 ( Kingdom Hearts)
Jane in all but name
Three Tarzan films presented female leads who became the companion of Tarzan, but who were not named Jane Porter, for one reason or another.
Tarzan the Mighty" (1928), starring Frank Merrill. Natalie Kingstonportrays Mary Trevor, who becomes Tarzan's mate at film's end. A year later Miss Kingston portrayed Jane to Merrill's Tarzan in " Tarzan the Tiger".
Tarzan's Revenge" (1938), starring Glenn Morris. Eleanor Holmportrays Eleanor Reed, who becomes Tarzan's mate at film's end. Producer Sol Lessernixed calling the character Jane as he felt Miss Holm was so popular for her swimming exploits that audiences would not accept her playing a character not named Eleanor.
Essoe, Gabe, "Tarzan of the Movies", 1968, Citadel Press
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