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Janice Rule is a Actor American born on 15 august 1931 at Norwood (USA)

Janice Rule

Janice Rule
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Birth name Mary Janice Rule
Nationality USA
Birth 15 august 1931 at Norwood (USA)
Death 17 october 2003 (at 72 years) at New York City (USA)

Mary Janice Rule (August 15, 1931 – October 17, 2003) was an American actress "at her most convincing playing embittered, neurotic socialites".


Rule had a brief engagement to Farley Granger in 1956. They had appeared in the Broadway play The Carefree Tree in 1955. Next followed a relationship with Ralph Meeker; Meeker had played Hal in Picnic. Rule married and divorced on three occasions, her former husbands being N. Richard Nash, Robert Thom, and Ben Gazzara.

During the 1960s she became interested in psychoanalysis. She began her formal studies in 1973, specializing in treating her fellow actors, and received her Ph.D ten years later from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute in Los Angeles. She practiced in New York and Los Angeles and continued to act occasionally until her death from a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003.

She was survived by her daughters, Kate Thom Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gazzara, both of Brooklyn; her sisters, Kathleen Rule, of Oceano, California; Ann Nader, of San Marcos, California; and Emily Forbes, of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and her brother, Ralph, of Mallorca, Spain.

Best films

Missing (1982)

Usually with

Frank Perry
Frank Perry
(1 films)
Robert Altman
Robert Altman
(1 films)
Paul Birch
Paul Birch
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Janice Rule (22 films)

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American Flyers, 1h53
Directed by John Badham
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Cycling films
Actors Kevin Costner, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul, David Marshall Grant, Janice Rule, Jennifer Grey
Roles Mrs. Sommers
Rating64% 3.2461253.2461253.2461253.2461253.246125
Sports physician Marcus Sommers (Costner) persuades his younger brother David (Grant) to train with him for a three-day bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains known as "The Hell of the West."
Missing (1982)
, 1h57
Directed by Costa-Gavras
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Documentary, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Mayron, John Shea, Janice Rule, Charles Cioffi
Roles Kate Newman
Rating76% 3.846443.846443.846443.846443.84644
The film opens with Costa-Gavras' statement that the events of the film are true.
3 Women
3 Women (1977)
, 2h4
Directed by Robert Altman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Ruth Nelson, Ruth Nelson, John Cromwell
Roles Willie Hart
Rating76% 3.8460253.8460253.8460253.8460253.846025
Pinky Rose (Sissy Spacek), a timid and awkward young woman, begins a job at a health spa for the elderly in a small California desert town. There, she becomes enamored of Millie Lammoreaux (Shelley Duvall), a confident and talkative employee. Both natives of Texas, the two begin to develop a friendship and, in spite of their stark personality differences, decide to become roommates. Pinky moves in with Millie at the Purple Sage Apartments, owned by a has-been cowboy, Edgar Hart, and his wife Willie (Janice Rule), a mysterious pregnant woman who paints striking and unsettling murals.
Kid Blue
Kid Blue (1973)
, 1h40
Directed by James Frawley
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Western
Actors Dennis Hopper, Warren Oates, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson, Lee Purcell, Janice Rule
Roles Janet Conforto
Rating62% 3.102613.102613.102613.102613.10261
Bickford Waner (Hopper) who has failed as a train robber, decides to go straight and get an honest job. He arrives in Dime Box, Texas to find work. He's befriended by Reese Ford (Oates) and his wife Molly (Lee Purcell). Molly seduces Bickford getting herself pregnant and making her husband miserable, feeling betrayed by his best friend. Mean John, (Ben Johnson) the sheriff is right on top of the whole plot, recognizing Kid Blue for what he really is, in spite of his trying to change his character. Another friend that Kid Blue has is the town's preacher Bob, (Peter Boyle) who does an excellent acting job.
Doctors' Wives, 1h41
Directed by George Schaefer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Dyan Cannon, Gene Hackman, Carroll O'Connor, Richard Crenna, Rachel Roberts, Janice Rule
Roles Amy Brennan
Rating46% 2.3322352.3322352.3322352.3322352.332235
While playing cards with her girlfriends, all of whom suspect their doctor husbands of having affairs, Lorrie Dellman volunteers to seduce each of them to find out more.
The Swimmer, 1h34
Directed by Sydney Pollack, Frank Perry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Sports films
Actors Burt Lancaster, Janice Rule, Marge Champion, Kim Hunter, Bernie Hamilton, Charles Drake
Roles Shirley Abbott
Rating75% 3.7967753.7967753.7967753.7967753.796775
On a sunny day in an affluent suburb in Connecticut, a fit and tanned middle-aged man in a bathing suit, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster), drops by a pool party being held by friends. They offer him a cocktail while nursing hangovers from the night before. As they share stories, Ned realizes that there is a series of swimming pools that form a "river" to his house, making it possible for him to "swim" his way home. Ned dives into the pool, emerging at the other end and beginning his journey. Ned's behavior perplexes his friends, who know things about his recent past he seems to have forgotten.
The Ambushers, 1h42
Directed by Henry Levin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Spy, Comic science fiction
Themes Spy films, Comedy science fiction films
Actors Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, Kurt Kasznar, Beverly Adams, John Brascia
Roles Sheila Sommers
Rating53% 2.6521352.6521352.6521352.6521352.652135
Helm is sent to the ICE (Intelligence and Counter Espionage) Training Headquarters to uncover a traitor in the organisation. Whilst there he meets ICE agent Sheila Sommers, the pilot of the saucer who has been recovered from a Central American jungle with no memory of what happened to the saucer she flew. Due to the electo-magnetic power of the saucer, only a woman is able to fly it, males of the species are killed by the energy.
Welcome to Hard Times, 1h43
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Henry Fonda, Janice Rule, Keenan Wynn, Janis Paige, John Anderson, Aldo Ray
Roles Molly Riordan
Rating57% 2.899372.899372.899372.899372.89937
A vicious stranger, the "Man from Bodie" (Aldo Ray), terrorizes the small settlement of Hard Times. (In Doctorow's book, the town is in the Dakota territory. In the movie, it is assumed to be in western Nevada.) He kills the only men who stand up to him, town founder Mr. Fee (Paul Birch) and town undertaker Mr. Hanson (Elisha Cook, Jr.), as well as raping and killing Fee's girlfriend Flo (Ann McCrea). Before he leaves, he burns down the handful of buildings.
The Chase
The Chase (1966)
, 2h13
Directed by Arthur Penn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E. G. Marshall, Angie Dickinson, Janice Rule
Roles Emily Stewart
Rating70% 3.5490053.5490053.5490053.5490053.549005
In a small Texas town where banker Val Rogers (E.G. Marshall) wields a great deal of influence, word comes that native son Bubber Reeves (Robert Redford) and another man have escaped from prison.
Alvarez Kelly, 1h45
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Origin USA
Genres War, Action, Western
Themes Political films
Actors William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule, Patrick O'Neal, Roger C. Carmel, Harry Carey, Jr.
Roles Liz Pickering
Rating62% 3.1493953.1493953.1493953.1493953.149395
Cattleman Alvarez Kelly (William Holden) is contracted to deliver a herd to the Union Army in Virginia. As he nears the end of his long cattle drive, Kelly is captured by Confederate raiders led by Colonel Tom Rossiter (Richard Widmark). The Confederacy desperately needs the beef to feed its soldiers besieged in Richmond.
Invitation to a Gunfighter, 1h32
Directed by Richard Wilson
Origin USA
Genres Action, Romance, Western
Actors Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal, Brad Dexter, Alfred Ryder, Pat Hingle
Roles Ruth Adams
Rating62% 3.1443753.1443753.1443753.1443753.144375
Confederate veteran Matt Weaver (George Segal) returns home to New Mexico after the Civil War and discovers his farm was sold by a banker named Brewster (Pat Hingle). His fiancee Ruth (Janice Rule) has married another man in his absence.
The Subterraneans, 1h29
Directed by Ranald MacDougall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical
Themes Films about writers, Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Films about drugs, Musical films
Actors Leslie Caron, George Peppard, Janice Rule, Roddy McDowall, Anne Seymour, Jim Hutton
Roles Roxanne
Rating50% 2.520242.520242.520242.520242.52024
Leo is a 28-year-old novelist who still lives at home with his mother. One night he stumbles upon some beatniks at a coffee house. He falls in love with the beautiful but unstable Mardou Fox.
Bell, Book and Candle, 1h46
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Christmas films, Witches in film, Films based on plays
Actors James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Janice Rule, Elsa Lanchester, Ernie Kovacs
Roles Merle Kittridge
Rating67% 3.397183.397183.397183.397183.39718
During the Christmas holiday season, Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd (Kim Novak), a free spirit with a penchant for going barefoot, has been unlucky in love and restless in life. She admires from afar her neighbor, publisher Shep Henderson (James Stewart), who one day walks into her gallery of African art to use the telephone (after Gillian's aunt Elsa Lanchester put a spell on his phone). When she learns he is about to marry an old college enemy of hers, Merle Kittridge (Janice Rule), Gillian takes revenge by casting a love spell on Shep, and she eventually falls for him herself. She must make a choice, as witches who fall in love lose their supernatural powers. When she decides to love Shep, Gillian's cat and familiar, Pyewacket, becomes agitated and leaves.
Gun for a Coward
Directed by Abner Biberman
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors Fred MacMurray, Jeffrey Hunter, Dean Stockwell, Janice Rule, Chill Wills, Josephine Hutchinson
Roles Aud Niven
Rating59% 2.998782.998782.998782.998782.99878
Will Keough is a rancher with two younger brothers, who are called Bless and Hade. They live with their widowed mother, Hannah, whose husband was bitten by a rattlesnake when Bless was a young boy. Ever since that day, Hannah has been determined to shield Bless from the hard life of the West and turn him instead into a refined, gentler soul. In so doing, she sometimes embarrasses Bless in front of the ranch's other men.