- Posted August 23, 2013 by
tagbilaran city, Philippines
Child Wonder Baby Jane finds her family after 51 years
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Child Wonder in the 1960s Baby Jane or Jane Zenaida Galinato-Smith in real life is reunited with her estranged family after she was “kidnapped” more than fifty years ago.
Baby Jane embraced her siblings and relatives for the very first time during their family reunion, the 2nd Galinato Global Grand Gathering or GGGG, held last week of July this year, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
She wasted no time, flying her family from USA, to meet her long-lost kin in Philippines.
"I think it's great to be able to finally meet them because for the longest time I thought I was the only child," a tearful Baby Jane said. "Just make you feel I am finally home!"
At age 3, Baby Jane became a Child Wonder in the Philippines. She captured the hearts of the people through her singing and acting. She appeared in several films including “Siyam na Buhay ni Martin Pusa" topbilled by former President and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (produced by Larry Santiago) in 1964.
When she was six years old, Baby Jane was brought to the US by her uncle Papa Lori (twin brother of her real father) and auntie (Siony). They promised to return her after two months, but it didn’t happen. She was gone.
Jane thought she was an only child. She was raised by a woman who claimed to be her mother but was in reality she was her aunt.
In the US, Baby Jane became Janie Gee and she continued singing. She appeared on The Dean Martin Show in 1967 and The Danny Thomas Show on May 22, 1968. She also did a guest shot for CBS-TV’s Dom De Luise summer show after she was seen on the Martin series. And she had appeared on various other programs, such as Art Linkletter show, The Woody Woodbury Show and ABC-TV’s “Operation: Entertainment” series.
Between the ages of 7 and 9, Janie toured military bases and hospitals, and did USO shows. When she was a kid, she sang “What Now, My Love?”, “Impossible Dream,” and “From Here to Eternity” and rock and roll.