Jane Greer

Jane Greer

Jane Greer (September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001) was a 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".


The five-foot five Greer began life as Bettejane Greer in Washington, D.C. A beauty-contest winner and professional model from her teens, Greer began her show business career as a big band singer.

Howard Hughes spotted Greer modeling on the cover of Life magazine on June 8 1942 and sent her to Hollywood to become an actress. She married Rudy Vallee, her senior by 22 years, in 1943. Hughes lent out the actress to RKO to star in many films, 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 "The 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. She also participated in an "Out of the Past" parody on TV's "Saturday Night Live" with Robert Mitchum. She also played the part of Norma Jennings' mother, Vivian Niles, in "Twin Peaks".

Private life

Jane Greer married Rudy Vallee in 1943, but they divorced the following year. She remarried in 1947, to Edward Lasker (1912-1997), a Los Angeles lawyer and businessman, with whom she had three children. Her son Lawrence Lasker is a movie producer who has co-produced several films, including "WarGames" (1983) and "Sneakers" (1992).

Edward Lasker had been an owner/breeder of thoroughbred racehorses since 1929, and Ms. Greer also became an owner of race horses under her own name. Among her graded stakes race wins were the 1966 Withers and Jim Dandy Stakes and the 1967 Fall Highweight Handicap with the colt Indulto.

Greer died of cancer at the age of 76 in 2001 and was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Facial palsy

In 1940, aged 15, Jane Greer suffered from a facial palsy, which paralyzed the left side of her face. She recovered, but it is speculated that the condition contributed to her "patented look" and "a calm, quizzical gaze and an enigmatic expression that led RKO to promote her as 'the woman with the Mona Lisa smile'." [cite web |url=http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800014112/bio |title=Jane Greer Biography |publisher=Yahoo! Movies] She claimed that the facial exercises used to overcome the paralysis taught her how to convey human emotion. [cite web |url=http://www.hollywoodupclose.com/movie_stars/celebrity-biography-Jane+Greer |title=Jane Greer Biography |publisher=hollywoodupclose.com]


*"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)
*"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)
*"Against All Odds" (1984)
*"Just Between Friends" (1986)
*"Immediate Family" (1989)
*"Perfect Mate" (1996)


External links

* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5860869&pt Find-A-Grave profile for Jane Greer]
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