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Overview (3)

Born in Tularosa, New Mexico, USA
Died in West Hollywood, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameJane Byral Clayton

Mini Bio (1)

Jan Clayton was born on August 26, 1917 in Tularosa, New Mexico, USA as Jane Byral Clayton. She was an actress, known for Lassie (1954), This Man's Navy (1945) and In Old Mexico (1938). She was married to George Greeley, Robert Lerner and Russell Hayden. She died on August 28, 1983 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

Spouse (3)

George Greeley (21 June 1966 - 1968) ( divorced)
Robert Lerner (1946 - 1958) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Russell Hayden (9 October 1938 - 1943) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

Appeared in several films with her ex-husband, Russell Hayden before they were married. They included In Old Mexico (1938) and Sunset Trail (1938).
Created the lead role of "Julie Jordan" in the original Broadway production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Carousel", opposite John Raitt's "Billy Bigelow", in 1945.
Was spokesperson for the "Schick" stop smoking/weight loss program in the 1970s.
Volunteered at the Alcoholism Council of Greater Los Angeles as a receptionist in the late 1970s.
Drove a Rolls Royce in her later years with the personalized license plates that read "Jan Who".
She got to christen a Goodyear blimp, the "Volunteer VI", because of her role in This Man's Navy (1945), a movie about Navy blimps.
Educated at Tularosa High School, New Mexico. Graduated in 1935, then studied music and drama at Gulf Park College for Women in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Best-known for her role as Tommy Rettig's mother, "Ellen Miller", in the early installments of the popular TV series, Lassie (1954) (1954-1957).
Mother, with Russell Hayden, of daughter Sandra Hayden.
Jan Clayton helped create the "Jan Clayton Center for Alcohol and Drug Recovery" which opened in 1978 and provides long-term residential treatment for individuals with alcohol and drug related problems.
She joined Alcoholics Anonymous in 1970 and helped counsel other alcoholics on how to reclaim their lives. Every Thursday she worked as a volunteer answering the phone for the Alcoholism Council of Greater Los Angeles, where she later became a board member in the organization.

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