Actress Jane Wyman

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on March 14, 2004

What can you tell me about Jane Wyman? Is she still living, and if so, where? Does she still have a fan club?

—Irene N., Arizona

Actress Jane Wyman, 90, is still with us, living in California. Born Sarah Jane Fulks in St. Joseph, Mo., she first attempted a film career as a child, but had no luck. Still, show business seemed to be her destiny. She broke into the business as a singer on radio and worked her way up to winning an Oscar for her performance in the 1948 movie Johnny Belinda. She was married three times, most famously to former President Ronald Reagan. They had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen died from cancer in 2001 at age 60. Wyman retired from acting after her TV series Falcon Crest went off the air. She’s a talented painter, and until recently was involved in fund raising for the Arthritis Foundation. Known as a very private person, Wyman told a Falcon Crest fansite in 1998 that she would no longer be acting, and would avoid any kind of nostalgic looks at her long career. “That’s not for me,” she said. “I’m a today lady.”