Janet Martin

Janet Martin was an American singer and film actress.[1] She appeared in a number of Republic Pictures' films during the 1940s.

Janet Martin
United States
Other namesValya Valentina Tetiacov Terry
OccupationSinger, actress
Years active1943–1948 (film)

Early years

Martin was born Valya Valentina Tetiacov Terry, the daughter of Alexandria Myra Tetiacov Terry (also known as Myra Skolskaya).[2] Her mother "was a well-known opera singer in Czarist Russia."[3] (Another source gives Martin's original name as both Valya Sokolskaya and Valya Sobolskaya.)[4] She said that she changed her name to avoid political arguments related to Russian political policies.[4]

In 1947, Martin began studying journalism at the University of Southern California, believing that knowing about writing would make her a better actress.[5]


Martin went to Hollywood to gain acting experience in Little Theater productions.[3] When she was 14, she signed a seven-year contract with Republic Pictures.[6]

Selected filmography


  1. Martin p.27
  2. "What's a Name". Big Spring Daily Herald. Texas, Big Spring. Associated Press. December 27, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved December 22, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  3. "Janet Martin Stars in Capitol Picture". The Amarillo Globe-Times. Texas, Amarillo. December 8, 1948. p. 21. Retrieved December 22, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  4. "Movie Beauty True Paradox". The Tipton Daily Tribune (October 10, 1947). Indiana, Tipton. International News Service. p. 6. Retrieved December 22, 2016 via Newspapers.com.
  5. Gunson, Victor (December 25, 1947). "New Film Starlets Are Wise – Shun Night Spots, See Ahead". The Birmingham News. Alabama, Birmingham. p. 30. Retrieved August 17, 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "UA Producers Busy With Films for New Season". Motion Picture Herald. August 14, 1943. p. 44. Retrieved December 22, 2016.


  • Len D. Martin. The Republic Pictures Checklist: Features, Serials, Cartoons, Short Subjects and Training Films of Republic Pictures Corporation, 1935–1959. McFarland, 1998.

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