Janet Gaynor (born Laura Augusta Gainor; October 6, 1906 – September 14, 1984) was an American actress and painter. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1929, she was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her roles in the movies 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928).
Gaynor was known for her role as Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester in the 1937 movie A Star Is Born.
In September 1982, Gaynor and her husband were seriously injured in a car crash after a drunk driver crashed their car. She died two years after the crash on September 14, 1984 in Palm Springs, California from problems caused by her injuries at the age of 77.
- "Janet Gaynor dies 'never recovered' from car accident". The Miami News. Miami, Florida. September 15, 1984. p. 4A. Retrieved March 29, 2015.