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Jane Greer

Jane Greer was a film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the 1947 film noir Out of the Past. A beauty-contest winner and professional model from her teens, Greer began her show-business career as a big-band singer. She sang in Washington, DC, with the orchestra of Enric Madriguera. She "sang phonetically in Spanish" with the group. Howard Hughes spotted Greer modeling in the June 8, 1942 issue of Life, and sent her to Hollywood to become an actress. Hughes lent her to RKO to star in many films (another source says Greer's husband, Rudy Vallee, "helped her get out of her contract with Hughes and secure another pact with RKO Studios") including Dick Tracy, Out of the Past, They Won't Believe Me, and the comedy/suspense film The Big Steal, with Out of the Past co-star Robert Mitchum. Hughes refused to let her work for a time; when she finally began film acting, she appeared in You're in the Navy Now, The Prisoner of Zenda, Run for the Sun, and Man of a Thousand Faces. In 1984, she was cast in Against All Odds, a remake of Out of the Past, as the mother of the character she had played in 1947. In 1952, Greer obtained a release from her contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. She said, "When there is a good role at MGM, the producers want Lana or Ava. There is no chance for another actress to develop into important stardom at the studio". Greer's noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Quincy, M.E., Murder, She Wrote, and a 1975 gig with Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn in an episode of Columbo titled Troubled Waters. She even got to make fun of Out of the Past in a parody with Robert Mitchum on TV's Saturday Night Live in 1987. Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest in 1984 and Twin Peaks in 1990 in recurring roles until her retirement in 1996. Greer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1634 Vine Street for her contributions to the motion picture industry. The star was dedicated on February 8, 1960. Greer died of cancer on August 24, 2001, at the age of 76, in Bel Air, Los Angeles. Her body was interred at Los Angeles' Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jane Greer, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Sep 9, 1924 In Washington, D.C., United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Pan-Americana 1945-03-22
Latest Project:
Movie Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light 2006-07-18
Known For
Poster of Murder, She Wrote
Poster of Quincy, M.E.
Poster of Columbo
Poster of Pan-Americana
Movie Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light Self 2006-07-18
Movie Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero Self 1998-03-17
Movie Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star Herself 1991-03-10
Series Twin Peaks Unknown 1990-04-08
Movie Immediate Family Michael's Mother 1989-10-27
Series The RKO Story: Tales From Hollywood Herself 1987-07-03
Movie Just Between Friends Ruth Chadwick 1986-03-21
Movie Against All Odds Mrs. Wyler 1984-03-02
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie The Shadow Riders Ma Traven 1982-09-28
Series Falcon Crest Unknown 1981-12-04
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie The Outfit Alma 1973-10-01
Series Columbo Sylvia Danziger 1971-09-15
Movie Billie Agnes Carol 1965-12-13
Movie Where Love Has Gone Marian Spicer 1964-11-02
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces Hazel Bennet Chaney 1957-08-15
Series Suspicion Unknown 1957-09-30
Movie Run for the Sun Katherine 'Katie' Connors 1956-07-30
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie The Clown Paula Henderson 1953-01-16
Movie Down Among the Sheltering Palms Diana Forrester 1953-03-01
Movie You for Me Katie McDermad 1952-07-19
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda Antoinette de Mauban 1952-11-04
Movie Desperate Search Julie Heldon 1952-11-19
Movie The Company She Keeps Diane Stuart aka Mildred Lynch 1951-01-27
Movie You're in the Navy Now Ellie C. Harkness 1951-02-23
Movie The Big Steal Joan 'Chiquita' Graham 1949-07-01
Movie Station West Charlie 1948-09-01
Movie Sinbad the Sailor Pirouze 1947-01-13
Movie They Won't Believe Me Janice Bell 1947-07-16
Movie Out of the Past Kathie Moffat 1947-11-25
Movie The Falcon's Alibi Lola Carpenter 1946-04-12
Movie Sunset Pass Lolite Baxter 1946-07-08
Movie The Bamboo Blonde Eileen Sawyer 1946-07-15
Movie Pan-Americana Miss Downing (uncredited) 1945-03-22
Movie Two O'Clock Courage Helen Carter (as Bettejane Greer) 1945-04-13
Movie George White's Scandals Billie Randall 1945-10-09
Movie Dick Tracy Judith Owens 1945-12-01