Janet Gaynor

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  • Birth Name: Laura Augusta Gainor
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/06/1906, Libra
  • Date of Death: 09/14/1984
  • Profession: Actor
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Janet Gaynor Fast Facts:
  • One of the biggest stars of early Hollywood, appearing in both silent films and the first talkies; became particularly well-known for her on-screen chemistry with frequent romantic lead Charles Farrell.
  • Awarded the very first Best Actress Oscar, for cumulative work in 1927 and 1928.
  • Retired in 1939 around the time of her marriage to her second husband, Hollywood costume designer Gilbert Adrian, with whom she bought a ranch in Brazil.
  • Returned to acting for one more film, 1957's Bernadine.
  • Had a role in the 1980 Broadway production of Harold and Maude.
  • An artist, her paintings were once exhibited in a New York gallery.
  • Her 1984 death was attributed to injuries she'd sustained two years earlier in a taxi accident; the crash also injured her fellow passengers, including actor Mary Martin. 
  • Janet Gaynor Relationships:
  • Frank Gainor - Father
  • Helen Gainor - Sister
  • Lydell Peck - Ex-husband
  • Gilbert Adrian - Husband (deceased)
  • Paul Gregory - Husband
  • Harry C. Jones - Stepfather
  • Laura Buhl - Mother
  • Janet Gaynor Awards:
  • 1937 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1928 Oscar: Best Actress - Winner
  • College:
  • Attended Hollywood Secretarial School, Los Angeles, CA

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