Wyman, Jane

Good content 1949 TLS (year her divorce from Ronald Reagan was finalized) mentioning a good deed from a fan, an Oscar night lucky charm!

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(Sarah Jane Mayfield, 1917-2007) Film & TV star, she began her film career in the 1930s, and was a prolific performer for 2 decades. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for “Johnny Belinda” (1948), and later achieved renewed success in the 1980s on CBS TV’s “Falcon Crest”. She was the 1st wife of Ronald Reagan; they married in 1940 and divorced in 1948. She began her career as a contract player with Warner Bros. in 1936 at 19, and received her first starring role in “Public Wedding”. In 1941, she appeared in “You're in the Army Now”, in which she and Regis Toomey had the longest screen kiss in cinema history: 3 minutes,5 seconds. Wyman gained critical notice in “The Lost Weekend” (1945). She was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for “The Yearling” (1946), and won 2 years later for her role as a deaf-mute rape victim in “Johnny Belinda” (1948), the first person in the sound era to win an acting Oscar without speaking a line of dialogue. She worked with such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra and Michael Curtiz. She starred in “The Glass Menagerie” (1950), “The Blue Veil” (1951, Oscar nomination), the remake of Edna Ferber's “So Big” (1953), “Magnificent Obsession” (1954, Oscar nomination), “All That Heaven Allows” (1955), and “Miracle in the Rain” (1956). She replaced the ailing Gene Tierney in “Holiday for Lovers” (1959), and next appeared in “Pollyanna” (1960), “Bon Voyage!” (1962), and her final big screen movie, “How to Commit Marriage” (1969). Her first guest-starring TV role was on a 1955 episode of General Electric Theater, hosted by her former husband Ronald Reagan. This appearance led to TV roles including as hostess of “The Bell Telephone Hour” and “Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre”. She hosted an anthology television series, “Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater”, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1957. She was later cast in two unsold pilots during the 1960s & 1970s and when those pilots were not picked up, she went into semi-retirement thru most of the 1970s, although she did make guest appearances on “Charlie's Angels” and “The Love Boat”. In the spring of 1981, her career enjoyed a resurgence when she was cast as the scheming Californian vintner and matriarch Angela Channing in “The Vintage Years”, retooled as the primetime soap opera “Falcon Crest” which ran f December 1981-May 1990. For that role she won a 1984 Golden Globe for Best Performance By an Actress in a TV Series. Later in the show's run, Wyman suffered health problems and ultimately appeared in almost every episode up until the beginning of the 9th and final season, 208 of the show's 227 episodes. After “Falcon Crest”, she acted once more, playing Jane Seymour's screen mother in a 1993 episode of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, then retired permanently. Wyman starred in 83 movies, 2 successful TV series, and was nominated for an Oscar 4 times, winning once. Wyman was married 4 times.In 1938, Wyman co-starred with Ronald Reagan in “Brother Rat” (1938), and its sequel “Brother Rat and a Baby” (1940). They married Jan. 26, 1940. She and Reagan had 3 children; Maureen (1941–2001), their adopted son Michael (b.1945), and Christine (born prematurely on June 26, 1947, she died the same day). This event soured their marriage irreparably. She filed for divorce in 1948, finalized in 1949. Ronald Reagan is the only president to have been divorced, thus Wyman is, to date, the only ex-wife of a US president. Wyman made only a few public appearances in her last years in part due to suffering from diabetes and arthritis, although she did attend her daughter Maureen's funeral in 2001 (Ronald Reagan unable to attend due to his Alzheimer's disease). Wyman broke her silence about her ex-husband upon his death in 2004, attending his funeral and issuing an official statement that read "America has lost a great president and a great, kind, and gentle man." Very good content TLS on 10 ½ x 7 ¼ "Warner Bros. Studio/Burbank, California" letterhead, October 17 1949, to Chaw Mank. Wyman thanks Mank for his letter and states she is superstitious about telling of her good deeds, feeling “those things should be done with a full heart and nothing said of them.” She says an uncle of hers used to send her presents on his birthday as it gave him more pleasure to give than to receive and she learned much from that “graceful gesture.” She tells Mank she “will speak of something that was done for me, a good deed in all truth.” Wyman writes that before Academy Award night (the 1948 Oscars) she was very jittery and had been receiving letters from a Chicago man who loved "Johnny Belinda" and she deduced from his letters that he was a world traveler. On the day of the Oscar ceremony, she received from him a package containing a thousand year-old Chinese coin to bring her luck. She states: “With more assurance I went to the Theatre [The ceremony was moved from the Shrine Auditorium to the Academy's own theater primarily because major studios withdrew financial support to address rumors they had been trying to influence voters] clutching the coin in my hand and when my name was called, attrributed my luck to the coin. That, to me, was a good deed.” CHARLES “CHAW” MANK JR. (1902-1985) Songwriter, silent movie organist, bandleader, record producer, radio personality, author, newspaper columnist and Hollywood fan club pioneer. He founded the world's 1st movie fan club in 1910 for 3 actresses who were his favorites. This was before the star system was established, when fan clubs and autographs became important publicity tools. Mank maintained regular correspondence with numerous celebrities as president of fan clubs he established in their names when they were starting out, including Rudolph Valentino.

Condition: Very good, minor wrinkling & wear top right, small punch hole at top left, center fold
Type:Letter






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