Jane Greer was born Bettejane Greer in Washington, D.C., in 1924.
A professional model from her teens, Greer began her show business career as a big band singer. Howard Hughes spotted Greer's picture in Life magazine in 1942 and paid for her to go to Hollywood to become an actress.
Greer made her film debut in 1945, at the age of 21, for RKO Radio Pictures. She appeared in more than 25 feature films. Her last film role was in 1996.
She married the bandleader Rudy Vallée in 1943. He was 22 years her senior and they divorced after less than a year. She then married lawyer and film producer Edward Lasker in 1947. They had three children and two, Alex Lasker, screenwriter and Lawrence Lasker, screenwriter/producer, became involved in the film business. She divorced for the second time in 1963. Her companion from then until his death in 2001 was the actor Frank London.
Greer died of cancer, in Los Angeles, in 2001. She was 76 years old.