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Also Known As: Laura Augusta Gainor Died: September 14, 1984
Born: October 6, 1906 Cause of Death: pneumonia
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, usher, painter, bookkeeper

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A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films through her sister, a secretary for Hal Roach. In 1925-26, she appeared in a number of shorts (including several Glenn Tryon Westerns) and as an extra in features. Her first break was a supporting role in "The Johnstown Flood" (1926), which began her long association with Fox.

A petite, wholesome screen star, Janet Gaynor hit it big just as silent films were coming to an end and continued as one of the screen's most popular stars of the 1930s. Gaynor got her start in films through her sister, a secretary for Hal Roach. In 1925-26, she appeared in a number of shorts (including several Glenn Tryon Westerns) and as an extra in features. Her first break was a supporting role in "The Johnstown Flood" (1926), which began her long association with Fox.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bernardine (1957) Mrs. Wilson
2.
 The Big Show (1957)
3.
 The Young in Heart (1938) George-Anne
4.
 Three Loves Has Nancy (1938) Nancy Briggs
5.
 A Star Is Born (1937) Esther Victoria Blodgett, later known as Vicki Lester
6.
 Ladies in Love (1936) Martha Karenye
7.
 Small Town Girl (1936) Kay Brannan
8.
 One More Spring (1935) Elizabeth [Cheney]
9.
 The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935) Molly Larkins
10.
 Change of Heart (1934) Catherine Furness
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Raised in Pennsylvania and Maryland
:
After parents' divorce, moved to Chicago with mother and older sister
1922:
When mother remarried, relocated to San Francisco
1924:
Screen debut as an extra in "All Wet"
1926:
Began screen acting career; appeared in such films as "The Midnight Kiss", "The Blue Eagle", "The Shamrock Handicap" and "The Johnstown Flood", often paired with Pee Wee Holmes and Ben Corbett or Edmund Cobb
1927:
First film with Charles Farrell, "Seventh Heaven"
1934:
Last film with Farrell, "Change of Heart"
1938:
Last film for nearly two decades, "The Young in Heart"
:
Acted on TV in such anthology drama shows as "Lux Video Theater" and "Chrysler Medallion Theater"; also filmed a pilot in the later 50s for "The Janet Gaynor Show"
1957:
One-shot return to films in "Bernardine"
1976:
Exhibited paintings in New York
1982:
Severely injured in a car accident; broke 11 ribs, her pelvis and collarbone; reportedly never fully recovered
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Education

Polytechnic High School: San Francisco , California - 1923
Hollywood Secretarial School: Los Angeles , California - 1923

Notes

As a child, she was known to her family as Lolly.

Gaynor appeared on the annual motion picture exhibitors' poll of top ten boxoffice stars a number of times after its formation. She made one such list in 1931, placed second on the "Motion Picture Annual"'s list in 1932 and third in both 1933 and 1934.

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husband:
Lydell Peck. Attorney. Married in 1932; divorced in 1934.
husband:
Adrian. Costume designer. Married from 1939 until his death in 1959.
husband:
Paul Gregory. Producer. Married from 1964 until her death.

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father:
Frank Gainor. Paperhanger, painter. Divorced Gaynor's mother in 1914; was an amateur singer.
mother:
Laura Buhl. Divorced from Gainor's father in 1914; remarried in 1922.
step-father:
Harry C Jones. Electrician. Married Gaynor's mother in 1922.
sister:
Helen Gainor. Secretary in film studio. Born in 1902.
son:
Robin Adrian. Born on July 7, 1940.
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