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Jane Adams

Betty Jane Bierce, better known by her stage name Jane "Poni" Adams was an American actress in radio, film, and television in the 1940s and 1950s. Adams was born in San Antonio, Texas, but her family moved to California when she was two. During her high school years, she studied violin and drama, and she was selected to be a concert mistress of the all-city high school orchestra of Los Angeles. She received a full scholarship to Juilliard, which she turned down to spend years studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. After the Playhouse, she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre, and then with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency, where she was given her nickname "Poni". This was supposedly due to her love of horses, but in reality it was to provide her with a more memorable stage name.(In the book Westerns Women: Interviews with 50 Leading Ladies of Movie and Television Westerns from the 1930s to the 1960s, Adams said: "I was given that name at the Harry Conover Modeling Agency. Why, I don't know!" She returned to using her real name in 1945. Military personnel played a role in her change of names from Poni Adams to Jane Adams. A photograph printed in newspapers in 1946 carried the caption: "GI JANE — Jane Adams — formerly Poni Adams — holds some of 32,851 letters her press agent said came from GIs after she appealed for aid in choosing a new name." Adams' first screen appearance was in So You Want to Give Up Smoking, a short film in 1942. She may be best known for her role as Nina in House of Dracula, but she also has the distinction of acting in early adaptations of both major DC Comics franchises: Batman, where she played Vicki Vale in the second Batman serial, Batman and Robin, and also a character in the first Superman television series. On May 21, 2014, Adams died in Bellingham, Washington, at the age of 95. She was buried (as Betty J. Turnage) beside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Aug 7, 1918 In San Antonio, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Salome, Where She Danced 1945-04-17
Latest Project:
Series Messiah 2020-01-01
Known For
Poster of Poltergeist
Poster of Little Children
Poster of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Poster of House of Dracula
Series Messiah Miriam Keneally 2020-01-01
Movie Brigsby Bear April Mitchum 2017-07-27
Movie Always Shine Summer 2016-11-25
Movie Poltergeist Dr. Claire Powell 2015-05-20
Movie Digging for Fire Woman on Beach 2015-08-21
Movie Stray Bullets 2012-02-01
Movie All the Light in the Sky Marie 2012-11-03
Movie Silver Bullets June 2011-10-28
Movie Restless Mabel Tell 2011-09-16
Movie The Lie Dr. Bentel 2011-11-18
Series Hung Tanya Skagle 2009-06-28
Movie Lifelines Nancy Bernstein 2008-01-01
Movie The Sensation of Sight Alice 2006-08-01
Movie Little Children Sheila 2006-10-06
Movie Jesse Stone: Stone Cold Brianna Lincoln 2005-02-20
Movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Carrie Eakin 2004-03-19
Movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events White-Faced Women 2004-12-16
Movie Orange County Mona 2002-01-10
Movie Songcatcher Eleanor 'Elna' Penleric 2001-03-01
Movie The Anniversary Party Clair Forsyth 2001-06-09
Movie From Where I Sit Ruth 2000-01-01
Movie Wonder Boys Oola 2000-02-22
Movie A Texas Funeral Mary Joan 1999-01-01
Movie Mumford Dr. Phyllis Sheeler 1999-09-24
Movie A Fish in the Bathtub Ruthie 1999-03-01
Movie You've Got Mail Sydney Anne (uncredited) 1998-02-26
Movie Music from Another Room Irene Swan 1998-04-24
Movie Kansas City Nettie Bolt 1996-08-16
Series Relativity Karen Lukens 1996-09-24
Movie Father of the Bride Part II Dr. Megan Eisenberg 1995-12-08
Movie Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Ruth Hale 1994-09-07
Movie Light Sleeper Randi Jost 1992-08-21
Movie Vital Signs Suzanne Maloney 1990-04-13
Movie Rising Son Meg Bradley 1990-07-23
Movie Secret of Outlaw Flats Peggy 1953-11-15
Movie Street Bandits Jane Phillips, Secretary 1951-11-09
Movie The Girl from San Lorenzo Nora Malloy 1950-02-24
Movie Outlaw Gold Kathy Martin 1950-11-26
Movie Law of the Panhandle Margie Kendal 1950-09-17
Movie Gun Law Justice Jane Darnton 1949-03-13
Movie Batman and Robin Vicki Vale 1949-05-26
Movie Master Minds Nancy Marlowe 1949-11-27
Movie Western Renegades Judy Gordon 1949-10-08
Movie Smooth as Silk Susan Marlowe 1946-02-01
Movie Gunman's Code Laura Burton 1946-08-01
Movie Lost City of the Jungle Marjorie Elmore 1946-04-23
Movie Rustler's Round-up Josephine Fremont 1946-08-01
Movie The Brute Man Helen Paige 1946-10-01
Movie Lawless Breed Marjorie 'Maggie' Bradley 1946-08-16
Movie Salome, Where She Danced Salome Girl 1945-04-17
Movie Trail to Vengeance Dorothy Jackson (as Poni Adams) 1945-06-01
Movie House of Dracula Nina 1945-12-07
Movie Lady on a Train Circus Club Photographer 1945-08-03
Movie Code of the Lawless Julie Randall (as Poni Adams) 1945-07-01