"No one remains forever young and no one should want to." - Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor was born Laura Augusta Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When Janet was a child her family moved to California. After high school she enrolled in secretarial school and worked in a shoe store. Janet decided to try acting and began getting work as an extra in films. Her first starring role was in the 1926 drama The Johnstown Flood. She married Jesse Peck, an attorney, in 1929. That same year Janet was the winner of the first Academy Award for Best Actress for her cumulative work in Seventh Heaven, Sunrise, and Street Angel. In 1933 Janet and Jesse divorced. Janet appeared in several hit films with Charles Farrell including Sunny Side Up and High Society Blues. By 1934 Janet was the top female box-office star in the country. She was nicknamed "The World's Sweetheart".
Janet received an Oscar nomination in 1938 for her performance in A Star Is Born. Despite all of her success Janet was tired of making movies and decided to retire. In 1939 she married fashion designer Adrian, who had worked on films like The Women. They had a son, Robin, and moved to Brazil. Janet spent her free time traveling and painting. She acted occasionally but never resumed her career full-time. In September 1959 Adrian died of a heart attack. Janet married producer Paul Gregory in 1964. There are rumors that Janet also had a romantic relationship with actress Mary Martin. In 1982 Janet was seriously injured in a car accident. She died on September 14, 1984 from pneumonia. Janet was cremated and her ashes were buried next to Adrian at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California.
A Star Is Born (1937)