BEL AIR, California (CNS): Jane Wyatt, the Catholic actress who won three Emmy awards for her portrayal of Margaret Anderson, the mother on the genial 1950s US television comedy Father Knows Best, died on October 20 at her home in Bel Air, California. She was 96.
Wyatt reprised the role in a pair of Father Knows Best made for TV reunion movies in 1977.
Born in 1910, she left college to become a Broadway actress.
She shifted between stage and film, adding television to her repertoire when the medium developed after World War II.
Her breakout film role came in the 1937 movie Lost Horizon.
A member of the Catholic Actors Guild, she starred in Father Knows Best for six seasons.
In 1986, she won the Franciscan Communication Award for being “everyone’s favourite mother” in the TV series.