Janet Gaynor (I) (1906–1984)

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Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe store for the princely sum of $18 per week. However, ... See full bio »

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Known For

A Star Is Born Esther Victoria Blodgett - aka Vicki Lester
Sunrise The Wife
7th Heaven Diane
Street Angel Angela


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

Other Works:

She acted in Ernest Thompson's play, "On Golden Pond," at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine with William Swetland in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 18 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 58 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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Frank D. Gainor | Laura Buhl

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Personal Quote:

[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.


She and Lew Ayres co-starred three times, in the films State Fair (1933), and Servants' Entrance (1934), and in a segment of the television series, The Love Boat: Doc's Dismissal/A Frugal Pair/The Girl Next Door (1981). See more »



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