June 11, 1918
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Died||April 8, 2009 (aged 90)|
Pebble Beach, California, U.S.
Justin Dart (m. 1939–1984)(his death)
|Children||Guy, Jane, Stephen|
Jane Bryan (born Jane O'Brien, June 11, 1918 - April 8, 2009) was an American actress groomed by Warner Bros. to become one of its leading ladies until she married a drugstore magnate in 1940 and retired.
Born in Hollywood, California, Bryan was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James O'Brien. Her father was an attorney. Her first dramatic training came in Jean Muir's theatrical workshop,. where she was discovered by Bette Davis.
Her screen career lasted only four years, but she appeared in prominent roles in several memorable films, including Marked Woman (1937) with Davis and Humphrey Bogart; Kid Galahad (1937) with Edward G. Robinson, Davis, and Bogart; A Slight Case of Murder (1938) with Robinson; Each Dawn I Die (1939) with James Cagney and George Raft; Invisible Stripes (1939) with Raft, William Holden, and Bogart; and The Old Maid (1939) with Davis and Miriam Hopkins. Bryan's first leading role was in We Are Not Alone (1939). Associated Press writer Robbin Coons described her work in that film as "a heart-touching performance in which sincerity and truth are radiant factors."
Bryan married businessman and entrepreneur Justin Dart on New Year's Eve, 1939. They were married until his death in 1984. Dart took control of the Boston-based United Drug Company in 1943, and rebranded the stores under the Rexall Drug name.
Bryan served on the United States Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. from 1971 to 1976.
Jane Bryan Dart died at her home on April 8, 2009, aged 90, in Pebble Beach, California, following a lengthy illness. She was survived by her three children, Guy Michael Dart, Jane Dart Tucker and Stephen M. Dart; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, William and Donald O'Brien.
She was predeceased by her brother Jim O'Brien in 1986. Her stepson Justin Whitlock Dart, Jr., a disability-rights activist, died in 2002.
|1936||The Case of the Black Cat||Wilma Laxter|
|1936||The Captain's Kid||Betsy Ann Prentiss|
|1937||Under Southern Stars||Arlene||Short|
|1937||Marked Woman||Betty Strauber|
|1937||The Cherokee Strip||Janie Walton|
|1937||Kid Galahad||Marie Donati|
|1938||A Slight Case of Murder||Mary Marco|
|1938||The Sisters||Grace Elliott|
|1938||Girls on Probation||Connie Heath|
|1938||Brother Rat||Kate Rice|
|1939||The Man Who Dared||Marge Carter|
|1939||Each Dawn I Die||Joyce|
|1939||The Old Maid||Tina|
|1939||These Glamour Girls||Carol Christy|
|1939||We Are Not Alone||Leni Krafft|
|1940||Brother Rat and a Baby||Kate||(final film role)|