Jane Wyatt (I) (1910–2006)

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Born in Campgaw, New Jersey, Jane Waddington Wyatt came from a New York family of social distinction (her father was a Wall Street investment banker and her mother was a drama critic). Jane was raised from the age of three months in New York City and attended the fashionable Chapin School and later Barnard College. After two years of college, she ... See full bio »

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Father's Private Life (S2, Ep2)
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Known For

Father Knows Best Margaret Anderson / Katrina's Mama
Pitfall Sue Forbes
Lost Horizon Sondra


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 1992 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (TV Series)
Older Vicky
- London, May 1916 (1992) ... Older Vicky
 1989 Amityville Horror: The Evil Escapes (TV Movie)
Alice Leacock
 1988 Baby Boom (TV Series)
Margaret Anderson
- Guilt (1988) ... Margaret Anderson
 1983-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Katherine Auschlander
- Split Decision (1988) ... Katherine Auschlander
- Jose, Can You See? (1987) ... Katherine Auschlander
- Once Upon a Mattress (1986) ... Katherine Auschlander
- E.R. (1986) ... Katherine Auschlander
- Santa Claus Is Dead (1985) ... Katherine Auschlander
 1983-1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Katherine Jenkins / Agnes Simpson
- Revelations (1987) ... Katherine Jenkins
- Christmas (1983) ... Agnes Simpson
 1979-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Margaret Anderson / Marcy Banes / Margaret Wallingford / ...
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Margaret Anderson
 1986 Starman (TV Series)
Stella Forrester
- The Gift (1986) ... Stella Forrester
 1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Amanda Grayson
 1978-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Martha Wilson / Mildred Grayson
- Midnight Waltz/Let Them Eat Cake (1983) ... Martha Wilson
- King for a Day/Instant Family (1978) ... Mildred Grayson
 1982 Missing Children: A Mother's Story (TV Movie)
Judge Eloise Walker
 1982 Happy Days (TV Series)
- Empty Nest (1982) ... Joan
 1980 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Mrs. Bridges
- New Blood (1980) ... Mrs. Bridges
 1978 The Millionaire (TV Movie)
Mrs. Mathews
 1978 The Nativity (TV Movie)
 1978 Superdome (TV Movie)
Fay Bonelli
 1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas (TV Movie)
Margaret Anderson
 1977 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (TV Movie)
Eleanor's Mother
 1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion (TV Movie)
Margaret Anderson
 1976 Gemini Man (TV Mini Series)
Miss Carlisle
- Escape Hatch (1976) ... Miss Carlisle
 1976 Gibbsville (TV Series)
Emily Kinsworth
- How Old, How Young (1976) ... Emily Kinsworth
 1976 Amelia Earhart (TV Movie)
Amy Earhart
 1976 Treasure of Matecumbe
Aunt Effie
 1975 Medical Center (TV Series)
Louise Bycroft
- The Eighth Deadly Sin (1975) ... Louise Bycroft
 1975 Katherine (TV Movie)
Emily Alman
 1975 Ladies of the Corridor (TV Movie)
Mrs. Nichols
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
- Designs (1974) ... Edwina
 1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law (TV Series)
Margaret Wilson
- The Break In (1974) ... Margaret Wilson
 1973 Tom Sawyer (TV Movie)
Aunt Polly
 1973 You'll Never See Me Again (TV Movie)
Mary Alden
 1971 Neighbors (TV Movie)
 1971 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)
Sister Julia
- The Reformation of Harry Briscoe (1971) ... Sister Julia
 1970 Weekend of Terror (TV Movie)
Sister Frances
 1964-1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
Mrs. Lori Kinkaid / Mrs. Sarah Brynmar
- The Price of the Hanging (1970) ... Mrs. Lori Kinkaid
- The Secret of Brynmar Hall (1964) ... Mrs. Sarah Brynmar
 1966-1970 Insight (TV Series)
Mrs. Clark / Mrs. Daniels
- The Dangerous Airs of Amy Clark (1970) ... Mrs. Clark
- The Thousand-Mile Journey (1967) ... Mrs. Daniels
 1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Emma Peak
- Two Women (1970) ... Emma Peak
 1970 The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (TV Series)
Emily Williams
- Wedding Day????? (1970) ... Emily Williams
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Mother (segment "Love and the Good Deal") / Ellen Palmer (segment "Love and the Pill")
- Love and the Big Leap/Love and the Good Deal/Love and the Former Marriage (1969) ... Mother (segment "Love and the Good Deal")
- Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill (1969) ... Ellen Palmer (segment "Love and the Pill")
 1968 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Ned's mother
- My Father and My Mother (1968) ... Ned's mother
 1967 Star Trek (TV Series)
- Journey to Babel (1967) ... Amanda (as Miss Jane Wyatt)
 1966 Confidential for Women (TV Series)
Narrator (1966)
 1965 Never Too Late
Grace Kimbrough
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Anne White
- The Monkey's Paw--A Retelling (1965) ... Anne White
 1964 See How They Run (TV Movie)
Augusta Flanders
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
- Echo of Evil (1964) ... Sarah
 1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Martha Ellison
- Blow High, Blow Clear (1963) ... Martha Ellison
 1963 Going My Way (TV Series)
Kitty McMullen
- Don't Forget to Say Goodbye (1963) ... Kitty McMullen
 1962 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Heather Mahoney
- The Heather Mahoney Story (1962) ... Heather Mahoney
 1961 The Two Little Bears
Anne Davis
 1961 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Phyllis Bannister
- Little Lost Sheep (1961) ... Phyllis Bannister
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Beatrice Freeman
- Labor of Love (1961) ... Beatrice Freeman
 1954-1960 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Margaret Anderson / Katrina's Mama
- Not His Type (1960) ... Margaret Anderson
- Bud Lives It Up (1960) ... Margaret Anderson
- Betty's Career Problem (1960) ... Margaret Anderson
- Blind Date (1960) ... Margaret Anderson
- Love and Learn (1960) ... Margaret Anderson
 1952-1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Bunny Gates
- The Laughing Willow (1958) ... Bunny Gates
- The Walsh Girls (1953)
 1957 Interlude
Prue Stubbins
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Glenda Bingham
- Daisy, Daisy (1955) ... Glenda Bingham
 1953-1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Ruth Updyke
- The Family Man (1954) ... Ruth Updyke
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series)
 1950-1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Lucy Warriner / Kitty Foyle
- Betrayed (1953)
- The Inward Eye (1952)
- The Wall (1952)
- The Awful Truth (1950) ... Lucy Warriner
- Kitty Foyle (1950) ... Kitty Foyle
 1952 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
- Love Without Wings (1952) ... Valerie
 1952 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Mattie Smith
- A Southern Lady (1952) ... Mattie Smith
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Intruder (1952)
 1952 Chesterfield Presents (TV Series)
- The Weak Point (1952)
 1951 Criminal Lawyer
Maggie Powell
 1951 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- The Lipstick (1951)
 1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself
Lois Frazer
 1950 My Blue Heaven
Janet Pringle
 1950 Our Very Own
Lois Macaulay
 1950 House by the River
Marjorie Byrne
 1949 Task Force
Mary Morgan
 1949 Canadian Pacific
Dr. Edith Cabot
 1949 Bad Boy
Mrs. Maud Brown
 1948 No Minor Vices
Miss Darlington
 1948 Pitfall
Sue Forbes
 1947 Gentleman's Agreement
 1947 Boomerang!
Madge Harvey
 1946 The Bachelor's Daughters
Marta Jordan
 1946 Strange Conquest
Dr. Mary Palmer
 1944 None But the Lonely Heart
Aggie Hunter
 1943 The Kansan
Eleanor Sager
 1943 Buckskin Frontier
Vinnie Marr
 1942 The Navy Comes Through
Myra Mallory
 1942 Army Surgeon
Elizabeth 'Beth' Ainsley
 1941 Weekend for Three
Ellen Craig
 1941 Hurricane Smith
Joan Bradley
 1941 Kisses for Breakfast
Laura Anders
 1940 Girl from God's Country
Anne Webster
 1937 Lost Horizon
 1936 The Luckiest Girl in the World
Pat Duncan
 1935 We're Only Human
Sally Rogers
 1934 Great Expectations
 1934 One More River
Dinny Cherrell
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Stage: Appeared in "The Mad Hopes" on Broadway. Comedy. See more »

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Miss Jane Wyatt


5' 4" (1.63 m)


Edgar Bethune Ward  (his death)  (2 children)


Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr. | Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington


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Our shows were written to be entertaining, but the writers had something to say. Every script always solved a little problem that was universal. It appealed to everyone. I think the world is hankering for a family. People may want to be free, but they still want a nuclear family. See more »


Jean Vander Pyl played the wifely role opposite Robert Young on the "Father Knows Best" radio program in 1949. However, both Young and Eugene B. Rodney, Young's partner in ownership and production of the series, wanted Wyatt to play the role when it went to television. See more »

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