(November 10, 1907 – April 22, 1980) was an American singer
. During her thirty-year career, Froman performed on stage, radio and television despite chronic injuries that she sustained from a 1943 plane crash. The 1952 film, With a Song in My Heart
, is based on her life.
Froman was born in University City
, the daughter of Elmer Ellsworth Froman and Anna T. Barcafer. Her childhood and adolescence
was spent in the small Missouri town of Clinton
. She attended Columbia College
in the city of Columbia
, which she considered her hometown. Her father left her mother when Jane was about 5 years old. She developed a stutter around this time, which plagued her all of her life, except when she sang.
Although she had classical voice
training, early in her career she was drawn to the songs of the era's songwriters, George and Ira Gershwin
, Cole Porter
, and Irving Berlin
, who were inspiring a resurgence in popular music
. She met vaudeville
performer Don Ross when they auditioned for the same job at WLW
radio station in Cincinnati
. There, she joined Henry Thies' orchestra and was featured vocal on a number of Thies' Victor recordings. Convinced she was star material, Ross became her unofficial manager and persuaded her to move to Chicago where he worked for NBC
radio. In 1933 Froman moved to New York City where she appeared on Chesterfield
's "Music that Satisfies" radio program with Bing......