Jane Wyman

American actress (1917–2007)

Jane Wyman (Sarah Jane Mayfield, January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007) was an American movie, stage, television actress, singer, and dancer. She appeared in many movies during her 61-year career. She is mostly known as for being Ronald Reagan's first wife from 1940 until they divorced in 1949, before he ran for Governor of California and President. She has won one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Jane Wyman
Wyman in a promotional photo (1947)
Sarah Jane Mayfield

(1917-01-05)January 5, 1917
DiedSeptember 10, 2007(2007-09-10) (aged 90)
Cause of deathNatural causes
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
  • philanthropist
Years active1932–1993
Spouse(s)Myron Futterrman (m. 1937–1938; divorced)
Ronald Reagan
(m. 1940–1948; divorced)
Fred Karger
(m. 1952–1955, 1961–1965; divorced twice)
ChildrenMaureen Reagan
Christine Reagan
Michael Reagan

Personal life


Wyman was born in St. Joseph, Missouri on January 5, 1917.[1] She had three children with Reagan. She was married five times: Fred Karger, she married twice. She was married to Ernest Eugene Wyman from 1933 until they divorced in 1935. She was married to Myron Futterman from 1937 until they divorced in 1938. After she divorced Reagan in 1949, she was married to Fred Karger from 1952 until they divorced in 1955. In 1961, they remarried, and they redivorced in 1965.

Wyman died on September 10, 2007 in her home in Rancho Mirage, California from problems caused by arthritis and diabetes, aged 90.[2] Wyman had arthritis and diabetes. She was later buried at Forest Lawn Mortuary and Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.


  1. Edwards, Anne. Early Reagan: The Rise to Power. William Morrow & Co (November 1990). ISBN 0-688-06050-1.
  2. "Johnny Belinda Actress Jane Wyman Dies", USA Today, 10 September 2007.

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