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October 27, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of Janice Rule in the 1960s and ’70s

Born 1931 in Norwood, Ohio, American actress and psychotherapist Janice Rule began dancing at the Chez Paree nightclub in Chicago at age 15, which paid for ballet lessons, and was a dancer in the 1949 Broadway production of Miss Liberty. She was pictured on the cover of Life magazine on January 8, 1951, as being someone to watch in the entertainment industry.


Rule’s first credited screen role was as Virginia in Goodbye, My Fancy (1951). She was in the original 1953 Broadway cast of William Inge’s Picnic. Among her other Broadway shows were The Flowering Peach, The Happiest Girl in the World, and Michael V. Gazzo’s Night Circus. Her other films in the 1950s included A Woman’s Devotion (1956), the Western Gun for a Coward (1957) and Bell, Book and Candle (1958).

On television, Rule appeared in an episode of Checkmate (“The Mask of Vengeance”, 1960), The Twilight Zone episode “Nightmare as a Child.” She also starred, second billing to Yul Brynner, in the western film Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964). Among her later film roles were Emily Stewart in The Chase (1966), Sheila Sommers in The Ambushers (1967), Burt Lancaster’s bitter ex-lover in The Swimmer (1968), Willie in Robert Altman’s 3 Women (1977), journalist Kate Newman in Costa Gavras’ political thriller Missing (1982), and Kevin Costner’s mother in American Flyers (1985).

During the 1960s, Rule became interested in psychoanalysis. She began her formal studies in 1973, specializing in treating her fellow actors, and received her PhD 10 years later from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Los Angeles. She practiced in New York and Los Angeles, and continued to act occasionally until her death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of young Janice Rule in the 1960s and 1970s.












































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