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Jane Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the science fiction television series Star Trek. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award-winner.

Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910 in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts.

She made her film debut in 1934 in One More River. In arguably her most famous role, she co-starred as Ronald Colman's character's love interest in Frank Capra's Columbia Pictures film Lost Horizon (1937).

Other film appearances included Gentleman's Agreement with Gregory Peck, None but the Lonely Heart with Cary Grant, Boomerang with Dana Andrews, and Our Very Own. Her film career suffered because of her outspoken opposition to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the chief figure in the anti-Communist investigations of that era, and was temporarily derailed for having assisted in hosting a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet during the Second World War, even though it was at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wyatt returned to her roots on the New York stage for a time and appeared in such plays as Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, opposite Fredric March.

For many people, Wyatt is best remembered as Margaret Anderson on Father Knows Best, which aired from 1954 to 1960. She played opposite Robert Young as the devoted wife and mother of the Anderson family in the Midwestern town of Springfield. This role won Wyatt three Emmy Awards for best actress in a comedy series. After Father Knows Best, Wyatt guest starred in several other series.

On June 13, 1962, she was cast in the lead in "The Heather Mahoney Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. In 1963, she portrayed Kitty McMullen in "Don't Forget to Say Goodbye" on the ABC drama, Going My Way, with Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll, a series about the Catholic priesthood in New York City. In 1965, Wyatt was cast as Anne White in "The Monkey's Paw – A Retelling" on CBS's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Wyatt was married to investment broker Edgar Bethune Ward from November 9, 1935, until his death on November 8, 2000, just one day short of the couple's 65th wedding anniversary. The couple reportedly met in the late 1920s when both were weekend houseguests of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York. Ward later converted to the Catholic faith of his wife. Wyatt suffered a mild stroke in the 1990s, but recovered well. She remained in relatively good health for the rest of her life

Jane Wyatt died on October 20, 2006 of natural causes at her home in Bel-Air, California, aged 96. She was interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, next to her husband.

From Wikipedia

Jane Wyatt (August 12, 1910 – October 20, 2006) was an American actress best known for her role as the housewife and mother on the NBC and CBS television comedy series, Father Knows Best, and as Amanda Grayson, the human mother of Spock on the science fiction television series Star Trek. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award-winner.

Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910 in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts.

She made her film debut in 1934 in One More River. In arguably her most famous role, she co-starred as Ronald Colman's character's love interest in Frank Capra's Columbia Pictures film Lost Horizon (1937).

Other film appearances included Gentleman's Agreement with Gregory Peck, None but the Lonely Heart with Cary Grant, Boomerang with Dana Andrews, and Our Very Own. Her film career suffered because of her outspoken opposition to Senator Joseph McCarthy, the chief figure in the anti-Communist investigations of that era, and was temporarily derailed for having assisted in hosting a performance by the Bolshoi Ballet during the Second World War, even though it was at the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Wyatt returned to her roots on the New York stage for a time and appeared in such plays as Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden, opposite Fredric March.

For many people, Wyatt is best remembered as Margaret Anderson on Father Knows Best, which aired from 1954 to 1960. She played opposite Robert Young as the devoted wife and mother of the Anderson family in the Midwestern town of Springfield. This role won Wyatt three Emmy Awards for best actress in a comedy series. After Father Knows Best, Wyatt guest starred in several other series.

On June 13, 1962, she was cast in the lead in "The Heather Mahoney Story" on NBC's Wagon Train. In 1963, she portrayed Kitty McMullen in "Don't Forget to Say Goodbye" on the ABC drama, Going My Way, with Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll, a series about the Catholic priesthood in New York City. In 1965, Wyatt was cast as Anne White in "The Monkey's Paw – A Retelling" on CBS's The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

Wyatt was married to investment broker Edgar Bethune Ward from November 9, 1935, until his death on November 8, 2000, just one day short of the couple's 65th wedding anniversary. The couple reportedly met in the late 1920s when both were weekend houseguests of Franklin D. Roosevelt at Hyde Park, New York. Ward later converted to the Catholic faith of his wife. Wyatt suffered a mild stroke in the 1990s, but recovered well. She remained in relatively good health for the rest of her life

Jane Wyatt died on October 20, 2006 of natural causes at her home in Bel-Air, California, aged 96. She was interred at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, next to her husband.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 64

Birthday 1910-08-12

Day of Death 2006-10-20

Place of Birth Campgaw, New Jersey, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1997 Frank Capra's American Dream
1993 The Silent Feminists: America's First Women Directors as Narrator (voice)
1989 Amityville: The Evil Escapes as Alice Leacock
1987 Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist as Herself
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home as Amanda
1982 Missing Children: A Mother's Story as Judge Eloise Walker
1982 St. Elsewhere (2 episodes)
1978 The Nativity as Anna
1978 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story as Eleanor's mother
1978 Superdome as Fay Bonelli
1977 Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas
1977 The Love Boat (1 episode) as Laurette Ferot
1977 The Father Knows Best Reunion as Margaret Anderson
1976 Amelia Earhart as Amy Earhart
1976 Treasure of Matecumbe as Aunt Effie
1975 Katherine as Emily Alman
1973 Tom Sawyer as Aunt Polly
1973 You'll Never See Me Again as Mary Alden
1971 Neighbors
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1 episode)
1970 Weekend of Terror as Sister Frances
1969 Love, American Style (1 episode) as Mother
1969 Marcus Welby, M.D. (1 episode)
1966 Star Trek (1 episode) as Amanda
1965 Never Too Late as Grace Kimbrough
1964 See How They Run as Augusta Flanders
1961 The Two Little Bears as Anne Davis
1961 Alcoa Premiere (1 episode)
1959 Play of the Week (1 episode)
1959 The Bell Telephone Hour (2 episodes)
1957 Interlude
1954 Father Knows Best (203 episodes) as Margaret Anderson
1953 The Motorola Television Hour (1 episode)
1953 The United States Steel Hour (1 episode)
1951 Criminal Lawyer as Maggie Powell
1950 The Man Who Cheated Himself as Lois Frazer
1950 My Blue Heaven as Janet Pringle
1950 Our Very Own as Mrs. Fred (Lois) Macaulay
1950 House by the River as Marjorie Byrne
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (1 episode)
1949 Task Force as Mary Morgan
1949 Canadian Pacific as Dr. Edith Cabot
1949 Bad Boy as Mrs. Maud Brown
1948 No Minor Vices as Miss Darlington
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 Pitfall as Sue Forbes
1947 Gentleman's Agreement as Jane
1947 Boomerang! as Madge Harvey
1946 The Bachelor's Daughters as Marta Jordan
1946 Strange Conquest as Dr. Mary Palmer
1944 None But the Lonely Heart as Aggie Hunter
1943 The Kansan as Eleanor Sager
1943 Buckskin Frontier as Vinnie Marr
1942 Army Surgeon as Elizabeth Ainsley
1942 The Navy Comes Through as Myra Mallory
1941 Weekend for Three as Ellen 'Gretch' Craig
1941 Hurricane Smith as Joan Bradley
1941 Kisses for Breakfast as Laura Anders
1940 Girl from God's Country as Anne Webster
1937 Lost Horizon as Sondra Bizet
1935 We're Only Human as Sally Rodgers
1934 Great Expectations as Estella
1934 One More River as Dinny Cherrell

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