Today (10th September) is the 11th anniversary of the death of Jane Wyman so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and memories of her. I first became aware of Jane Wyman when I was about 10. Back then, on Monday early evenings, BBC2 (a TV channel in the UK) used to screen old Hollywood films. One week they showed Johnny Belinda, the film for which she won an Oscar, and that's when I became a fan. Although she didn't say a word in the film (her character was deaf and dumb) I thought she was really endearing and conveyed such wide range of emotions with just her facial expressions so much so it was the first film I watched that made me cry (it was the scene when she says the Lord's Prayer in sign language after her baby dies that did it for me). I always looked out for more of her films but I never saw her again until about 5 years later when I saw a trailer for a new series on ITV called Falcon Crest and on the strength of Jane Wyman being the star, I thought I would watch it. Now, if I thought she was a good actor in Johnny Belinda, her performance in that was nothing compared to her compelling performance in Falcon Crest. At this point I was already a big fan of Dallas and nothing could match the affection I had for that show but in Falcon Crest Jane Wyman had created character of such fascination that I very quickly became totally addicted to the show. She was unlike the villain in any other show because she had so much humour, so much charm and so much determination. I never so her as an evil character, despite all the wicked things she did, I saw Angela Channing as much more complex character, ultimately not motivated by greed but by wanting to carry on her family legacy by making Falcon Crest as successful as possible. It's testament to Jane Wyman's brilliance as an actress that she could make Angela so likeable. Comparing the 2 roles: Angela Channing and Belinda in Johnny Belinda, you couldn't think or 2 more different characters showcasing the versatility of Jane Wyman. Eleven years after her death, I still consider her to be one of the best actresses I've ever seen.