Janet Reade (Helen Dorothy Rulon)
BiographyPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Janet Reade was born Helen Dorothy Rulon on July 21, 1910, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She moved to New York City and started her career as a dancer with the Ziegfeld Follies. At the age of twenty she landed her first lead role in the Broadway show Ballyhoo Of 1930. Janet married Walter Batchelor, a theatre manager, but the marriage was short-lived. In 1931 she made her film debut in the comedy short Sky High. Over the next five years she appeared in several more shorts including The Mild West and Here Comes Flossie. Read more... onscreen. Unfortunately her movie career next took off and she began performing in vaudeville. She married dancer Pat Rooney in 1935. The couple separated a few years later and she quit show business. Janet made headlines in 1942 when she announced she was divorcing her husband so she could marry her father-in-law Pat Rooney Sr. On July 21, 1942 she married sixty-two year old Pat in New Jersey. Although they seemed happy in public Janet was suffering from alcoholism. She died on February 6, 1943 from a liver ailment. Janet was only thirty-two years old.