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November 7, 2022

The Queen of Film Noir: 35 Gorgeous Photos of Jane Greer in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1924 in Washington, DC, American actress Jane Greer was a beauty-contest winner and professional model from her teens. Howard Hughes spotted Greer modeling in the June 8, 1942, issue of Life, and sent her to Hollywood to become an actress. Hughes lent her to RKO to star in many films including Dick Tracy (1945), Out of the Past (1947), They Won’t Believe Me (1947), and the comedy/suspense film The Big Steal (1949), with Out of the Past co-star Robert Mitchum. She also appeared in You’re in the Navy Now (1951), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), Run for the Sun (1956), and Man of a Thousand Faces (1957).

Greer’s noteworthy roles in television included guest appearances on episodes of numerous shows over the decades, such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Quincy, M.E., Murder, She Wrote, and a 1975 role with Peter Falk and Robert Vaughn in an episode of Columbo titled Troubled Waters. She even got to make fun of Out of the Past in a parody with Robert Mitchum on TV’s Saturday Night Live in 1987. Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest in 1984 and Twin Peaks in 1990 in recurring roles until her retirement in 1996.

Greer was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1634 Vine Street for her contributions to the motion picture industry. The star was dedicated on February 8, 1960. In 2009, The Guardian named her one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Greer died of cancer in 2001, at the age of 76, in Bel Air, Los Angeles. Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see the beauty of young Jane Greer in the 1940s and 1950s.


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