Thomas K. Turnage

Thomas K. Turnage

Jane Adams
Born Betty Jane Bierce
(1921-08-07) August 7, 1921 (age 92)
San Antonio, Texas, USA
Occupation Actress
Years active 1942–1953
Spouse(s) Second husband: Thomas Turnage (1945-2000; his death)
Children 2

Betty Jane Bierce, better known by her stage name Jane "Poni" Adams (born August 7, 1921), was an American actress in radio, films, and television in the 1940s and 1950s.

Acting career

Adams was born in San Antonio, Texas, and received a full scholarship to Juilliard, which she turned down to spend years studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there, she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre and then with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency, where she was given her nickname "Poni". (This was supposedly due to her love of horses, but in reality it was to provide her with a more memorable stage name.) She returned to using her real name in 1945.

She is best known for her role as Nina in 1945's House of Dracula, but she also has the distinction of acting in early adaptations of both major DC Comics franchises: Batman, where she played Vicki Vale in the second Batman serial, Batman and Robin, and also a character in the first Superman television series.

Personal life

Her first husband was a United States Navy pilot who died during World War II. In 1945 she married Thomas K. Turnage, a decorated Major General with the Army who served in the Korean War and earned the Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star. He later served as the last administrator for the Veterans Administration before the VA became a cabinet department during Ronald Reagan's presidential term.

They had two children.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • AllRovi