Monday, August 23, 2010
You'll Never See Me Again
Jane Wyatt was born to a Wall Street investment banker and a drama critic in New York City. She attended Chapin School, Barnard College, and was courted by John D. Rockafeller III. She chose to pursue a career in Broadway, television and film and began as the understudy in Trade Winds. A few more Broadway roles and Wyatt was under contract with Universal Studios.
She appeared in Frank Capra's Lost Horizon in 1937. Wyatt appeared in films with Gregory Peck and Carey Grant before her outspoken opposition to Senator Joe McCarthy hindered her ability to make films. In 1954 she began playing Margaret Anderson on television's Father Knows Best. She would also appear as Spock's mother on an episode of Star Trek and the movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
Wyatt was married for almost 65 years, falling short when her husband died before their anniversary. She suffered and recovered from a stroke in the 1990s before succumbing to natural causes in 2006 at the age of 96.