Birth Name: Laura Augusta Gainor
Date of Birth: October 6, 1906
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Date of Death: September 14, 1984
Place of Death: Palm Springs, California, U.S.
*father – Irish, English
*mother – German
Janet Gaynor was an American actress and painter. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a shared prize for 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928).
She was the daughter of Laura J. and Frank De Witt Gainor. She was married to costume designer Adrian, until his death, and then to film, theatre, and television producer Paul Gregory, untl her death. She had a son with Adrian.
Janet’s paternal grandfather was named John Warrington Gainer (the son of Michael Gainer and Ellen). John was born in Pennsylvania, to Irish parents.
Janet’s paternal grandmother was Maria Louise Head (the daughter of John Head and Mariah Seal). Janet’s grandmother Maria Louise was born in Pennsylvania, to an English father. Janet’s great-grandmother Mariah was the daughter of William Seal.
Janet’s maternal grandfather was Maximillian/Max Buhl (the son of Joseph Buhl and Maria Anna Romann). Maximillian was born in Württemberg, Germany. Joseph was the son of Thadaeus Buhl and Agatha Ott.
Janet’s maternal grandmother was named Rose Miller. Rose was born in Baden, Germany.
Sources: Genealogy of Janet Gaynor – http://www.wikitree.com
Janet’s father on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Janet’s paternal grandfather, John Warrington Gainer, on the 1850 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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