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Emmy-award winning actress Jane Wyatt is best known for her role as housewife and mother Margaret Anderson on the CBS television sitcom Father Knows Best.
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Jane Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910, in Mahwah, New Jersey. She made her film debut in 1934’s One More River, and continued to land film roles through the 1940s. She forayed into television in the 1950s with a role on Father Knows Best. In the 1960s, she played Spock’s mother on Star Trek. She held numerous supporting roles through the 1990s, and died on October 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
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In the early days of television, actresses of the small screen often reflected the traditional roles of women in society. TV moms of the 1950s managed to keep a tidy home; serve as an attentive ear to family troubles; and have dinner waiting—all while keeping every hair in place. Jane Wyatt epitomized the archetypal housewife and mother on Father Knows Best, while Donna Reed made running a household look easy on The Donna Reed Show. These women, and many more like them, laid the groundwork for future female acting roles, and served as inspiration to the women watching at home.
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