5 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JANET ARM­STRONG

Woman’s Day (Australia) - - Behind The Scenes -

It’s been close to 50 years since Neil Arm­strong walked on the moon but very lit­tle was known about his wife Janet un­til now. Her jour­ney as wife of the pi­o­neer­ing as­tro­naut is about to be un­veiled, thanks to up­com­ing film First Man, star­ring Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy.

1 MAR­RIAGE

Janet and Neil met at Pur­due Univer­sity in the early ’50s when she was study­ing home eco­nom­ics. Af­ter meet­ing at a din­ner party, they were ca­sual ac­quain­tances for three years be­fore mar­ry­ing in 1956. Ul­ti­mately, the cou­ple’s mar­riage didn’t last – af­ter 38 years of mar­riage they qui­etly di­vorced in 1994.

2 FAM­ILY TRAGEDY

In 1962, the cou­ple faced unimag­in­able heart­break when they lost their two-year-old daugh­ter Karen to brain can­cer. To deal with the loss, Neil threw him­self into his work, be­com­ing an as­tro­naut the same year, and left Janet alone to deal with fam­ily fall­out. They later wel­comed two sons, Mark and Eric, in the fol­low­ing years.

3 HOUSE FIRE

The Arm­strongs had a near brush with death when their Houston home caught fi­fi­fire fire in the spring of 1964. Janet awoke in the mid­dle of the night to the smell of smoke and the home burned to cin­ders. Neil saved the cou­ple’s chil­dren, pass­ing their 10-month-old son Mark through a win­dow and de­scribed the trek to Eric’s bed­room to save him as, “the long­est jour­ney I ever made in my life”.

4 TO THE MOON

Be­fore the iconic moon land­ing, Janet was quoted sup­port­ing her hus­band’s dan­ger­ous en­deav­our. “I un­der­stand my hus­band’s love for his work. I have never doubted his ca­pa­bil­i­ties nor feared his flights,” she said.

5 PASS­ING

Janet passed away on June 21, 2018, at the age of 84, from lung can­cer.

IN CIN­E­MAS Thurs­day

First Man Neil Arm­strong’s wife Janet is the star in this story.

Ryan and Claire as Neil and Janet.

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