Cast of Artists and Models
After returning to New York and somewhat recovered from the accident, Froman wanted to get back to work. She starred in the musical Artists and Models in 1943.
[Jane Froman Papers, 1891-1980 (C3695), The State Historical Society of Missouri, Manuscript Collection-Columbia (World Wide Photos, Inc.)]
Showing great courage and willpower, Froman worked hard to continue her career as she battled lifelong medical problems resulting from the crash. Although unable to walk, Froman appeared in the show Artists and Models eight months after the accident. A wheelchair was used to accommodate her performance, and the gowns she wore were designed to hide her scars.
In 1945 Froman decided to return to Europe to entertain troops. For three months, she performed on crutches for 30,000 servicemen, and her courageous appearances inspired them all.
Returning to New York, Froman continued singing and performing while undergoing many surgeries. Over the course of her lifetime, she would endure an estimated thirty-nine operations.
During this time, Froman had stayed in contact with the pilot John Burn, and he often visited her in the hospital while she was recovering from an operation. Burn had fully recovered from the broken back he received when their plane crashed and had returned to work at the airline. Upon her divorce from Don Ross in February 1948, Froman married Burn the next month in Coral Gables, Florida.
All of the medical complications Froman experienced during the 1940s eventually took their toll on her mental health. In 1949 she entered the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, to be treated for depression. The entertainer greatly benefitted from the care she received at the clinic during her six-month stay.
In 1952 Twentieth Century Fox made With a Song in My Heart, a movie about Froman’s life. While Susan Hayward played the starring role, Froman’s voice was used for the musical numbers. Also that year, Froman was given her own television show, USA Canteen. It was later renamed The Jane Froman Show.
Throughout the early 1950s, Froman and Burn tried to make their marriage work, but Froman continued to struggle with her health and the pressures of performing. The couple separated in 1955 and divorced the next year.
Froman revisited the Menninger Clinic in 1955 and was given a guided tour of the grounds. Shortly after, she was asked to serve on the Menninger Foundation’s Board of Governors. She happily accepted the position and remained on the board until her death. In 1957 money from her many fan clubs helped to start the Jane Froman Foundation, which assisted the children’s hospital at the Menninger Clinic.
Froman kept singing and making television appearances until she retired from show business in 1961. The singer’s talents had earned her three separate stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in radio, recordings, and television.