Jane Wyatt - Rotten Tomatoes

Jane Wyatt

Highest Rated:   100% Lost Horizon (1937)
Lowest Rated:   62% House By the River (1950)
Birthday:  
Birthplace:   Not Available
Endearing herself to television audiences as the devoted sitcom wife of Robert Young on Father Knows Best, petite brunette actress Jane Wyatt also essayed frequent big-screen roles highlighted by memorable performances in such films as Lost Horizon (1937), in which she plays Sondra, the lover of Robert Conway (Ronald Colman). Born in Campgaw, NJ, on August 12, 1910, to an investment banker father and a drama critic mother, and raised as a Manhattanite from age three, Wyatt received her formal education at the Chapin School and -- very briefly -- at New York City's Barnard College, where she spent two listless years. Following the irresistible call of the stage, Wyatt bucked university life in favor of honing her acting skills at Berkshire Playhouse in the western Massachusetts community of Stockbridge. Shortly after this, she accepted a position as understudy to Rose Hobart in a Broadway production of Trade Winds. Universal soon took note of Wyatt's talents and offered her a film role, in Frankenstein director James Whale's One More River (1934). Wyatt embarked on a lucrative screen career following her impressive debut, and many consider the performance in Lost Horizon her crowning achievement, though additional cinematic work throughout the 1940s proved both steady and rewarding. Following memorable performances in Clifford Odets' None But the Lonely Heart (1944) (alongside Cary Grant) and Elia Kazan's Gentleman's Agreement (1947, with Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire), the now-established actress transitioned smoothly into television in the early '50s, given her standing role as the matriarch of the Anderson family (mother of Bud, Princess, and Kitten, and wife of Jim) on the long-running CBS sitcom Father Knows Best. Wyatt deservedly won three Emmys for that role, and remained with the program over the course of its six-year run of original episodes. (Riding the crest of high ratings, CBS stretched prime-time reruns into the spring of 1963.) This marked the only major recurring prime-time role of Wyatt's career, though (alongside the work of others such as Barbara Billingsley and Harriet Nelson) it did much to establish the now-iconic image of the "archetypal 1950s sitcom mother," and earned the actress a beloved spot in American pop-culture history. In addition to this, Wyatt made occasional appearances, during the Father Knows Best run, on a dramatic anthology series headlined by her small-screen husband, Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC, 1950-1957). Six years after new episodes of Father wrapped, Star Trek landed on NBC, and Wyatt turned up occasionally on that program, as Mr. Spock's mother, Amanda Spock. She also made a guest appearance, alongside the late Bob Cummings, on the early-'70s comedic anthology series Love, American Style (the two play parents who are overanxious about their daughter's decision to embark on a European "swingers' holiday" with a boyfriend). If the preponderance of Wyatt's roles in the '70s, '80s, and '90s were largely supporting turns, it certainly said nothing about the actress' talent. She remained in the public eye as a fixture of such made-for-television features as You'll Never See Me Again (1973) and Amelia Earhart (1976). Though she entered semi-retirement in the late '70s, Wyatt later appeared (very infrequently) as an occasional supporting character in television's St. Elsewhere and reprised her role as Spock's mother in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986).On October 20, 2006, after years of inactivity, Jane Wyatt died of natural causes in her sleep, at her home in Bel Air, CA. She was 96.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Neighbors
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Amityville: The Evil Escapes
  • Alice Leacock
1989
85% Star Trek IV - The Voyage Home
  • Amanda
1986
No Score Yet The Nativity
  • Anna
1978
No Score Yet A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story
  • Eleanor's Mother
1978
No Score Yet Nativity Story
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Treasure of Matecumbe
  • Aunt Effie
1976
No Score Yet Katherine
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Never Too Late
  • Grace Kimbrough
1965
No Score Yet Interlude
  • Prue Stubbins
1957
No Score Yet Hollywood on the Line
  • Actor
1951
No Score Yet The Man Who Cheated Himself
  • Lois Frazer
1950
No Score Yet My Blue Heaven
  • Janet Pringle
1950
No Score Yet Our Very Own
  • Mrs. Fred (Lois) Macaulay
1950
62% House By the River
  • Marjorie Byrne
1950
No Score Yet Task Force
  • Mary Morgan
1949
No Score Yet Canadian Pacific
  • Dr. Edith Cabot
1949
No Score Yet Bad Boy
  • Mrs. Maud Brown
1949
No Score Yet Pitfall
  • Sue Forbes
1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement
  • Jane Lacey
1947
73% Boomerang!
  • Madge Harvey
1947
No Score Yet None But the Lonely Heart
  • Aggie Hunter
1944
No Score Yet The Kansan,(Wagon Wheels)
  • Eleanor Sager
1943
No Score Yet Buckskin Frontier
  • Vinnie Marr
1943
No Score Yet The Navy Comes Through
  • Myra
1942
No Score Yet Weekend for Three (Week-End for Three)
  • Ellen Craig
1941
No Score Yet Kisses for Breakfast
  • Laura Anders
1941
100% Lost Horizon
  • Sondra
1937
No Score Yet We're Only Human
  • Sally Rogers
1935
No Score Yet Great Expectations
  • Estella
1934
No Score Yet Radical
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Amanda

Quotes from Jane Wyatt's Characters