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Janet Gaynor

Biography

b. Laura Gainor, 6 Oct 1906, Philadelphia, Pa, USA, d. 14 Sept 1984, Hand Springs, California, USA. Determined on the career in movies, Gaynor found are a supplementary in Hollywood, performed in a few Hal Roach comedies, and in 1926 was authorized by Fox. A WAMPAS Baby Celebrity of 1926 (chosen by the Traditional western Association of FILM Marketers), she produced several movies from 1926-29, notably Seventh Heaven and Sunrise (both 1927 and both silent) and Road Angel (1928, part-talkie). For these movies collectively she was honored the very first Academy Award as Greatest Celebrity. Gaynor quickly obtained in popularity, getting Hollywood’s leading box-office most liked. Departing Fox, she stayed successful, producing for David O. Selznick A Superstar EXISTS (1937), minimal flamboyant if nonmusical version of the tale, that she was nominated for an Academy Prize. Also for Selznick, she produced The Youthful In Center (1938), another all-round achievement. In 1939 she wedded for the next period and retired from movies. In the past due 50s she was sometimes on radio and tv and appeared in a single film, Bernadine (1957), which starred Pat Boone. A few of Gaynor’s period was spent painting and in 1976 an exhibition of her function was presented with in NY. In the first 50s and once again within the 70s she provided Academy Honours and in 1978 was herself receiver of a particular honor. On Broadway in 1980 she and Keith McDermott performed the co-leads within the play Harold And Maude. After 21 previews in January and early Feb, the play opened up on 7 Feb, and then close two times and four shows later on. In 1981 she got a role within an episode of tv’s The Like Boat but in any other case lived in pension. Her loss of life was related to serious injuries sustained inside a street accident 2 yrs earlier.

Quick Facts


Full Name Janet Gaynor
Date Of Birth October 6, 1906
Died September 14, 1984, Palm Springs, California, United States
Height 1.52 m
Profession Actor, Painter, Visual Artist
Education John H. Francis Polytechnic High School
Nationality American
Spouse Paul Gregory, Adrian Adolph Greenberg, Jesse Lydell Peck
Children Robin Gaynor Adrian
Parents Frank D. Gainor, Laura Buhl
Siblings Helen Gainor
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress
Movies 7th Heaven, Street Angel, A Star Is Born, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Lucky Star, Sunny Side Up, The Young in Heart, State Fair, The Farmer Takes a Wife, Bernardine, 4 Devils, The Johnstown Flood, Ladies in Love, Three Loves Has Nancy, Change of Heart, The Shamrock Handicap, The Blue Eagle, The Return of Peter Grimm, Small Town Girl, The Man Who Came Back, High Society Blues, Servants' Entrance, One More Spring, Adorable, The First Year, Carolina, Tess of the Storm Country, Merely Mary Ann, Paddy the Next Best Thing, The Plastic Age, Daddy Long Legs, Delicious, 45 Minutes from Hollywood, The Haunted Honeymoon, Dangerous Innocence, The Teaser, Christina, All Wet, Happy Days, The Man in the Saddle, The Midnight Kiss


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#Fact
1 Was the 1st actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performances in 7th Heaven (1927), Street Angel (1928) and Sunrise (1927) at The 1st Academy Awards on May 16, 1929.
2 Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
3 As of 2013 Gaynor is the third-youngest actress to have won the Best Actress Academy Award, winning the Oscar at the age of 22, behind only Jennifer Lawrence (also 22) and Marlee Matlin (21).
4 Gave birth to her only child at age 33, a son Robin Gaynor Adrian on July 6, 1940. Child's father was her 2nd husband, Adrian.
5 She was the first actress to win the Academy Award as best actress. In the early years, actors could receive one Oscar for several films. Gaynor won for Sunrise (1927), 7th Heaven (1927) and Street Angel (1928).
6 Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, Section B, east side of lake.
7 Until 1986, she was the youngest leading actress to be awarded an Oscar.
8 In September 1982, Ms. Gaynor, who was 75, was seriously injured in a San Francisco taxi cab accident which also injured her husband, executive producer Paul Gregory, and actress Mary Martin. The accident proved fatal for Martin's agent, Ben Washer. Gaynor suffered 11 broken ribs, a ruptured bladder, a broken collar bone, a bleeding kidney, and multiple pelvic fractures. She was to endure a number of operations in the next year and grew weaker until her death in 1984.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Love Boat 1981 TV Series Violet Hooper
General Electric Theater 1959 TV Series Martha Allen
Bernardine 1957 Mrs. Ruth Wilson
Lux Video Theatre 1954 TV Series Eleanor
Medallion Theatre 1953 TV Series
Three Loves Has Nancy 1938 Nancy Briggs
The Young in Heart 1938 George-Anne Carleton
A Star Is Born 1937 Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Ladies in Love 1936 Martha Kerenye
Small Town Girl 1936 Katherine 'Kay' Brannan
The Farmer Takes a Wife 1935 Molly Larkins
One More Spring 1935 Elizabeth Cheney
Servants' Entrance 1934 Hedda Nilsson aka Helga Brand
Change of Heart 1934 Catherine Furness
Carolina 1934 Joanna Tate
Paddy the Next Best Thing 1933 Paddy Adair
Adorable 1933 Princess Marie Christine, aka Mitzi
State Fair 1933 Margy Frake
Tess of the Storm Country 1932 Tess Howland
The First Year 1932 Grace Livingston
Delicious 1931 Heather Gordon
Merely Mary Ann 1931 Mary Ann
Daddy Long Legs 1931 Judy Abbott
The Man Who Came Back 1931 Angie Randolph
High Society Blues 1930 Eleanor Divine
Sunnyside Up 1929 Molly Carr
Christina 1929 Christina
Happy Days 1929 Janet Gaynor
Lucky Star 1929 Mary Tucker
4 Devils 1928 Marion
Street Angel 1928 Angela
Sunrise 1927 The Wife
Two Girls Wanted 1927 Marianna Wright
With Love and Hisses 1927 Short Extra
The Horse Trader 1927 Short uncredited
7th Heaven 1927 Diane
45 Minutes from Hollywood 1926 Short Hotel Guest (uncredited)
The Stolen Ranch 1926 Extra
Lazy Lightning 1926 uncredited
Martin of the Mounted 1926 Short uncredited
The Return of Peter Grimm 1926 Catherine
The Midnight Kiss 1926 Mildred Hastings
The Blue Eagle 1926 Rose Kelly
Pep of the Lazy J 1926 Short June Adams (uncredited)
Don't Shoot 1926 Short Girl
The Man in the Saddle 1926 uncredited
The Fire Barrier 1926 Short Mildred King
The Galloping Cowboy 1926 Extra
The Shamrock Handicap 1926 Lady Sheila O'Hara
Fade Away Foster 1926 Short uncredited
Skinner's Dress Suit 1926 Party Guest (uncredited)
Ridin' for Love 1926 Short Girl
The Gunless Bad Man 1926 Short Gertrude Dowell
Oh What a Nurse! 1926 uncredited
The Johnstown Flood 1926 Anna Burger
The Beautiful Cheat 1926 Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed, uncredited)
A Punch in the Nose 1926 Short Bathing Beauty (uncredited)
Flaming Flappers 1925 Short One of the Co-Eds (uncredited)
The Crook Buster 1925 Short uncredited
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ 1925 Slave Girl (uncredited)
The Plastic Age 1925 Co-ed (uncredited)
The Teaser 1925 uncredited
The Burning Trail 1925 uncredited
Dangerous Innocence 1925 uncredited
The Haunted Honeymoon 1925 Short uncredited
All Wet 1924 Short Extra
Young Ideas 1924 uncredited
Cupid's Rustler 1924 uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 performer: "Wah! Hoo!"
A Star Is Born 1937 performer: "Wah! Hoo!" - uncredited
State Fair 1933 performer: "Romantic" 1933 - uncredited
Delicious 1931 performer: "Somebody From Somewhere", "Katinkitschka" - uncredited
Sunnyside Up 1929 performer: " I'M A DREAMER AREN'T WE ALL?", "SUNNY SIDE UP", "IF I HAD A TALKING PICTURE OF YOU"
Happy Days 1929 performer: "We'll Build a Little World of Our Own" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood 1980 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
This Is Your Life 1972 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards 1971 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1969 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1960 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 29th Annual Academy Awards 1957 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter: Best Picture
Person to Person 1954 TV Series documentary Herself
The 25th Annual Academy Awards 1953 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor
Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars 1941 Documentary short Herself
20th Century Fox Promotional Film 1936 Documentary short Herself (uncredited)
La ciudad de cartón 1934 Herself
WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1926 1926 Short Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood My Home Town 1965 Documentary Herself
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-1939 1940 Documentary short
Land of Liberty 1939
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 1 1937 Documentary short Herself
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 1995-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary The Wife, 'Sunrise' (uncredited)
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Herself
Hooray for Hollywood 1975 Documentary Herself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime 1975 Documentary
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals 1974 TV Movie Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 OFTA Film Hall of Fame Online Film & Television Association Acting
1960 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 6284 Hollywood Blvd.
1929 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role 7th Heaven (1927)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1938 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role A Star Is Born (1937)

TitleSalary
Street Angel (1928) $1,500 @week
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) $100 /week
7th Heaven (1927) $1,500 @week

#Quote
1 [on receiving the first Best Actress Oscar] Naturally, I was thrilled, but being the first year, the Academy Awards had no background or tradition, and it naturally didn't mean what it does now. Had I known then what it would come to mean in the next few years, I'm sure I'd have been overwhelmed. At the time, I think I was more thrilled over meeting Douglas Fairbanks.


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