Jane Wyman was an American actress, singer, dancer and philanthropist whose career spanned seven decades. She was also the first wife of actor Ronald Reagan; the 40th President of the United States. They married in 1940 and divorced in 1949.
Wyman’s professional career began at age 16 in 1932 when she signed with Warner Bros. Wyman followed common practice at the time when she added three years to her age.
A popular contract player, she frequently played the leading lady, her roles including starring alongside William Hopper in Public Wedding (1937), Ronald Reagan and Eddie Albert in Brother Rat (1938) and its sequel Brother Rat and a Baby (1940), Dennis Morgan in Bad Men of Missouri (1941), Marlene Dietrich in Stage Fright (1950) and Sterling Hayden in So Big (1953).