Jane Wyman (born Sarah Jane Mayfield; January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007) was an American actress, singer, dancer and philanthropist whose career spanned seven decades. She had also appeared as a guest on several talk and variety shows, and as a panelist on several game shows.
Wyman's 61-year acting career began in 1932. She signed up with Warner Bros. at age 16 by adding three years to her age. This was a common practice at the time. Wyman played the leading lady in most of her movies. As a popular contract player, her roles included starring alongside William Hopper in Public Wedding (1937), Ronald Reagan and Eddie Albert in Brother Rat (1938) and its sequel Brother Rat and a Baby (1940), Dennis Morgan in Bad Men of Missouri (1941), Marlene Dietrich in Stage Fright (1950), and Sterling Hayden in So Big (1953). She was also featured opposite Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession (1954). She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and was a three-time winner of a Golden Globe. She achieved continuing success in the television soap opera Falcon Crest (1981–1990), in which Wyman played the lead role of villainous matriarch, Angela Channing.
She was also the first wife of 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan; they married in 1940 and divorced in 1949.