Janice Rule

Janice Rule

American actress
Date of Birth: 15.08.1931
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Janis Rule
  2. Acting Career
  3. Recognition and Challenges
  4. Personal Life and Legacy

Biography of Janis Rule

Janis Rule was an American actress born on August 15, 1931, in Norwood, Ohio, USA. She studied ballet and started dancing in Chicago nightclubs as a teenager. In 1951, after catching the attention of Hollywood, she made her film debut.

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Acting Career

Janis Rule's acting career included roles in various Broadway productions, such as "Picnic" by William Inge, where she was part of the original cast alongside Paul Newman, and she played the role of the naive beauty named Madge Owens. She also appeared in other Broadway plays, including "The Pajama Game," "The Happiest Girl in the World," and Michael V. Gazzo's "Night Circus" with Ben Gazzara.

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In addition to her stage work, Janis Rule had notable roles in several films. She portrayed Emily Stewart in Arthur Penn's drama "The Chase" alongside Marlon Brando, Virginia Merrill in the comedy "Goodbye My Fancy" with Joan Crawford, Willie Hart in Robert Altman's drama "3 Women," journalist Kate Newman in the political thriller "Missing," and Shirley Abbott in the film "The Swimmer" with Burt Lancaster. She also played Mrs. Sommers, Kevin Costner's mother, in the sports drama "American Flyers" in 1985.

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Recognition and Challenges

Making small strides towards fame, Janis Rule appeared on the cover of Life magazine on January 8, 1951. In the 1950s, she starred in Roy Del Ruth's musical "Starlift" with Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, and Virginia Mayo. She also earned the role of Susan in Gerald Mayer's drama "Holiday for Sinners" and appeared in the detective film "A Woman's Devotion" directed by Paul Henreid and the comedy "The Bell, the Book and the Candle" by Richard Quine. In the latter, Rule played the role of Merle Kittridge, a stuffy bride who loses her groom, played by James Stewart.

Janis Rule was concerned about the excessive emphasis on beauty by film studios in the early 1950s. She feared losing her individuality and fought to preserve her sense of self-worth. Her efforts during this challenging era paid off as she gained popularity by playing strong and determined women rather than typical beauties defined by excessive femininity. Publicists and studio makeup artists described her as an actress who "disdains her own looks."

Personal Life and Legacy

After parting ways with Farley Granger, Janis Rule briefly dated Ralph Meeker. She was married three times, to N. Richard Nash, Robert Thom, and Ben Gazzara. In the 1960s, Rule became interested in psychoanalysis. In 1973, she delved deep into the field and, after ten years, obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Psychoanalytic Institute of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Janis Rule passed away in 2003 due to a brain hemorrhage. Her contributions to film and the stage, as well as her determination to portray strong and independent women, left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.