Janice Rule

Janice Rule

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Janice Rule (August 15, 1931 – October 17, 2003) was an American actress.

Early life and career

Born in Norwood, Ohio, her career included stage, screen and television work. Rule studied ballet and began dancing in Chicago nightclubs in her teens. She soon attracted attention in Hollywood and made her film debut in 1951. Among her noteworthy film roles were Emily Stewart in The Chase, Virginia in Goodbye My Fancy, Willie in Robert Altman's 3 Women, journalist Kate Newman in Costa Gavras' 1982 political thriller Missing, Burt Lancaster's bitter ex-lover in The Swimmer, and Kevin Costner's mother in the bicycle racing film American Flyers.

She was pictured on the cover of Life magazine on Jan. 8, 1951, as a rising young actress. Her films in the 1950s included Starlift, Holiday for Sinners, A Woman's Devotion and Bell, Book and Candle, in which she was the strait-laced fiancée who loses James Stewart.

Rule was in the original cast of William Inge's Picnic, which was also Paul Newman's Broadway debut. She played Madge Owens, the naïve beauty. Among her other Broadway shows were The Flowering Peach, The Happiest Girl in the World and Michael V. Gazzo's Night Circus, a 1958 production with Ben Gazzara.

She was troubled by the attitude toward women's beauty in the studios in the early 1950s. She was afraid of losing her individuality and fought to retain a sense of her own identity. She was in great demand during this era precisely because she could depict strong,...
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