Falcon Crest Star
Dies At 93
Academy Award-winning actress Jane Wyman, star of the long-running series Falcon Crest, died Monday morning in her Palm Springs homes. She was 93.
Wyman, the first wife of former President Ronald Reagan, won an Oscar for her role as a deaf rape victim in Johnny Belinda, and played coveted roles in such films as Gold Diggers of 1937, How to Commit Marriage, and The Yearling. On Falcon Crest, she played the steely matriarch Angela Channing for the show's 9-year run from 1981 to 1990. The actress divorced Reagan in 1948 after having two children with him, Michael and Maureen (Maureen died of cancer in 2001).
At their divorce hearing, she said of Reagan, "Politics built a barrier between us. I tried to make his interests mine, but finally there was nothing to sustain our marriage." That was the last she spoke publicly of her former husband or her marriage until his death.