Jane Greer

September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001

“Mine is a sissy name. It’s too bo-peepish, ingenueish, for the type of role I’ve been playing.”

When Bettejane Greer legally changed her first name to just “Jane,” she was not wrong in her observation. RKO Picture’s ‘woman with the Mona Lisa smile’ was well-known for her femme fatale roles – most notably, opposite Robert Mitchum in the film noir classic Out of the Past – and enigmatic, hard shell characters. A Bettejane, she was most certainly not. Greer was a model, a singer and an actress whose career spanned more than half a century. She was discovered (controlled?) by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, briefly married to crooner Rudy Vallée and appeared on television shows ranging from Bonanza to Twin Peaks. But, her biggest legacy was using her girl-next-door charm to devious and villainous effect on the silver screen in the noir hey day of 1940’s Hollywood.

Burial

Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

In the Garden of Serenity section at the south end of the park there are 5 pillars with north-facing niches just to the east (left) when you enter. Jane is in the top space of the easternmost (5th) pillar.

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