Within just one year, Gaynor was one of the Hollywood?s leading ladies. Her performances in Seventh Heaven (the first of twelve movies she would make with Charles Farrell) and both Sunrise and Street Angel (in 1927, also with Charles Farrell) earned her the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1928. It was the only time in Oscar history that this prestigious award was given for multiple roles, though the award was given on the basis of the actor?s total work over the year, and not just for one particular performance.
Gaynor was one of only a handful of leading ladies, who made a successful transition to sound movies over the next decade. In 1937, she was again nominated for an Academy Award, this time for her role in A Star Is Born. Soon after, she left film for almost twenty years, returning one last time in 1957 in Bernardine.
She died in 1984 and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Memorial Park Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
Janet Gaynor Facts
|Birth Name||Laura Gainor|
|Birthday||October 6, 1906|
|Birthplace||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA|
|Date of death||September 14, 1984 (age 77)|
|Awards||1928 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for 7th Heaven)|
|Sunrise Blu-ray + DVD|
|A Star Is Born|
|The Farmer Takes a Wife|
|Farmer Takes A Wife|
|The Young in Heart|