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Janet Gaynor

Janet Gaynor
in A Star Is Born (1937)
Personal information
Birth nameLaura Augusta Gainor
Birth dateOctober 6, 1906
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States
Date of deathSeptember 14, 1984(age 77)
Death placePalm Springs, California,
United States
OccupationActress
Years active1924 1981
SpouseJesse Lydell Peck (1929-1933)
Adrian (1939-1959)
Paul Gregory (1964-1984)

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Janet Gaynor (October 6, 1906 - September 14, 1984) was an American actress and painter.

One of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, in 1928 Gaynor became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won for multiple roles. This rule would be changed three years later by AMPAS. Her career continued with the advent of sound film, and she achieved a notable success in the original version of A Star Is Born (1937).

She worked only sporadically after the late 1930s. Severely injured in a 1982 vehicle collision, the incident contributed to her death two years later.


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