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Jane Keckley

Jane Keckley
Deadwood Coach lobby card.jpg
Keckley (left) on lobby card for The Deadwood Coach (1924)
Born(1876-09-10)September 10, 1876
DiedAugust 14, 1963(1963-08-14) (aged 86)
Other namesJane Watson
Years active1916–1942
SpouseRoy Watson

Jane Keckley (September 10, 1876 – August 14, 1963)[1] was an American actress of the silent and sound film eras.


Keckley was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and went to school there and in Georgia.[2]

Before she acted in films, Keckley performed in stock theater and in vaudeville.[3]

Keckley began her film career in one- and two-reel Westerns in 1911.[2] Her first feature film was 1915's The Circular Staircase (under the name Jane Watson). In her twenty-five year career, she would appear in over 90 films, as well as dozens of shorts. She would appear as a supporting actress in such films as: William Desmond Taylor's Huck and Tom (1918);[4] the 1936 version of Show Boat, starring Irene Dunne and Allan Jones;[5] and Magnificent Obsession (1935), starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor.[6]

She was under contract to Paramount in the late 1930s and early 1940s,[7] where she appeared in her final film, South of Santa Fe (1942), starring Roy Rogers.[8]

Keckley was married to, and divorced from, actor Roy Watson.[9] She died on August 14, 1963.[7][better source needed]


(Per AFI database)[10]


  1. ^ "Jane Keckley". AllMovie. Archived from the original on June 17, 2021. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. p. 186. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  3. ^ "On stage 25 years, Jane Keckley has excellent record". Battle Creek Enquirer. April 17, 1929. p. 12. Retrieved June 17, 2021 – via
  4. ^ "Huck and Tom; or, the Further Adventures of Tom Sawyer". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  5. ^ "Show Boat". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  6. ^ "Magnificent Obsession". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Jane Keckley". MSN. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  8. ^ "South of Santa Fe". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
  9. ^ "Roy Watson, Film Actor, Succumbs". Los Angeles Evening Citizen News. June 7, 1937. p. 11. Retrieved December 10, 2021 – via
  10. ^ "Jane Keckley". American Film Institute. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
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