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Janet Gaynor, First Oscar Winner, Dies at 77

Janet Gaynor, First Oscar Winner, Dies at 77

Janet Gaynor, whose elegantly demure movie portrayals of forlorn heroines carried her to fame in both the silent and talking film eras — and won her the first Academy Award for best actress — died early Friday in Palm Springs, where she had been in a hospital for 10 days. The 77-year-old Miss Gaynor had been in failing health since a September, 1982, traffic accident in San Francisco that critically injured her and Broadway star Mary Martin and killed Martin's manager. Miss Gaynor's husband, producer Paul Gregory, and her son from an earlier marriage, Robin Adrian, were at her side when she died at 1:45 a.m. at Desert Hospital, Dr. Bart Apfelbaum, her personal...

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