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|Also Known As:||Died:||August 24, 2001|
|Born:||September 9, 1924||Cause of Death:||cancer|
|Birth Place:||Washington, Washington D.C., USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Worked for a period as a child model
Diagnosed with Bell's palsy at age 15, which caused a degree of facial paralysis
Worked as a band singer with Ralph Hawkins's band; later sang with Enric Madriguera's orchestra at the Club Del Rio in Washington, DC
Featured in a recruitment poster and a "Life" magazine photo spread for the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (later the Women's Army Corps)
Optioned by Paramount for 30 days as a result of appearance in "Life"; option dropped because studio claimed to have "so many of her type" already
Contacted by Rudy Vallee, who expressed personal and professional interest in Greer; offers rejected
Made screen test for David O. Selznick in New York; Selznick uninterested, but Howard Hughes signed her to a contract
Arrived with her mother in Hollywood
Became reacquainted with Vallee; sang at several of his Coast Guard band's appearances
Became restless to make a screen appearance; ended contractual agreement with Hughes
Signed with RKO for $100 a week; made film debut in "Two O'Clock Courage" (released 1945), billed seventh, as 'Bettejane Greer'
First screen credit as 'Jane Greer' in "Dick Tracy"
Sang two songs for her role in "The Falcon's Alibi"
Was earning $500/week in 1946 and $750/week in 1947
Acted in first color feature, "Sinbad the Sailor"
First received star billing above the title in "They Won't Believe Me"
Contract renegotiated to $1000/week after success in "Out of the Past"
Made radio debut opposite Tyrone Power and David Niven in "The Bishop's Wife" on "Lux Radio Theater"
Loaned out to 20th Century-Fox for two films
Husband Edward Lasker negotiated a settlement to Greer's contract with RKO (now owned by Howard Hughes); signed short-term agreement with MGM
Appeared in her last film for three years, "The Clown", opposite Red Skelton
Made TV debut on an episode of NBC's "Ford Theatre" entitled "Look for Tomorrow"
Returned to films to appear in the adventure, "Run for the Sun"
Underwent a heart operation; had her pericardium (the sac around the heart) removed; spent a year recuperating
Acted in first film for seven years, "Where Love Has Gone"
Retured to films for "The Outfit"
Acted during the 1980s in recurring roles on the TV series "Falcon Crest", "thirtysomething" and "Twin Peaks"
Had featured role in "Against All Odds", a remake of "Out of the Past"
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