• Joan Caulfield

    1922 - 1991

    Joan Caulfield (1922 - 1991)

    Born Beatrice Joan Caulfield while her family resided in East Orange, New Jersey, she moved to West Orange during childhood but continued attending Miss Beard’s School in Orange, New Jersey. During her teenage years, the family moved to New York City where Joan eventually attended Columbia University. Caulfield was the niece of Genevieve Caulfield, who received […]

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  • Joan Cohn

    1911 - 1996

    Joan Cohn (1911 - 1996)

    Actress in several films of the 1930s and 40s. Real name Elizabeth Rosiland Miller. Married to studio mogul Harry Cohn until his death in 1958. Later married British actor Laurence Harvey.  Family links:  Spouses:  Harry Cohn (1891 – 1958)  Harry Karl (1914 – 1982)  Laurence Harvey (1928 – 1973)  Children:  Jobella Cohn (____ – 1943)* […]

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  • Joan Crawford

    1904 - 1977

    Joan Crawford (1904 - 1977)

    Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur in San Antonio, Texas, the third child of Thomas E. LeSueur (January 21, 1868 – January 1, 1938), a laundry laborer of English and French Huguenot ancestry and Anna Bell Johnson (November 29, 1884 – August 15, 1958), Texas-born, of Swedish and Irish descent. Her elder siblings were Daisy […]

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  • Joan Crawford

    1904 - 1977

    Joan Crawford (1904 - 1977)

    Joan Crawford From silent star to camp queen, Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career are the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. Logically, Joan Crawford shouldn’t have made it to begin with. She was ignored […]

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  • Joan Davis

    1907 - 1961

    Joan Davis (1907 - 1961)

    Joan Davis’ first film was a short subject for Educational Pictures called Way Up Thar (1935), featuring a then-unknown Roy Rogers. Educational’s distribution company, Twentieth Century-Fox, signed Davis for feature films. Tall and lanky, with a comically flat speaking voice, she became known as one of the few female physical clowns of her time. Perhaps […]

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  • Joan Diener

    1930 - 2006

    Joan Diener (1930 - 2006)

    Joan Diener (February 24, 1930 – May 13, 2006) was an American theatre actress and singer with a three-and-a-half-octave range. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Joan Diener majored in psychology at Sarah Lawrence College and moonlighted as an actress while still a student. She made her Broadway debut in the 1948 revue Small Wonder, choreographed by Gower […]

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  • Joan Dowling

    1928 - 1954

    Joan Dowling (1928 - 1954)

    British Actress. Film credits include “Women of Twilight,” “24 Hours of a Woman’s Life,” “Pool of London,” “The Magic Box,” “Murder Without Crime,””Train of Events,” “For Them That Trespass,” “Landfall,” “A Man’s Affair,” “No Room at the Inn,” “Hue and Cry,” and “Bond Street.” She was married to British actor Harry Fowler since 1951. Cause […]

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  • Joan Edwards

    1919 - 1981

    Joan Edwards (1919 - 1981)

    Composer, Songwriter, Actress, Pianist. Edwards appeared in the films, “Hit Parade of 1937” (1937), and “Screen Snapshots: Holiday In Las Vegas” (1947). She wrote the songs, “Anytime” “And So It Ended” “I Love Bosco” “Darn It Baby” “That’s Love” “You Can’t Take It With You When You Go” “Do You Still Feel The Same?” and […]

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  • Joan Fontaine

    1917 - 2013

    Joan Fontaine (1917 - 2013)

    Joan de Havilland was born in Tokyo, Japan, to English parents. Her father, Walter Augustus de Havilland (August 31, 1872 – May 23, 1968), was educated at the University of Cambridge and served as an English professor at the Imperial University in Tokyo before becoming a patent attorney with a practice in Japan. Her mother, […]

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  • Joan Francis

    1920 - 1995

    Joan Francis (1920 - 1995)

    Actress. Born in 1920, she started her career in musical comedies and dramatic plays. Working in the repertory companies with actors like Doris Speed, Patricia Phoenix, Bernard Youens and Arthur Leslie, she honed her craft as an actress. In 1960 she tried out for the role of Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street but Pat Phoenix […]

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  • Joan Geraldine Bennett

    1910 - 1990

    Joan Geraldine Bennett (1910 - 1990)

    Actress. The youngest of the three acting daughters of prominent stage and screen star Richard Bennett, she was the last of the sisters to enter films seriously, but she had the longest and, in retrospect, the most meaningful career of any of her family. Joan, like Constance and Barbara, was a gorgeous woman, slender and […]

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  • Joan Hackett

    1934 - 1983

    Joan Hackett (1934 - 1983)

    Joan Hackett Joan Hackett was never one of your conventional leading ladies. Directors sometimes found her difficult to work with. Yet, this strong-minded perfectionist had an unquenchable individuality that came through in her performances and she never hesitated being unglamorous whenever the role demanded. Born of an Italian mother and an Irish-American father in East […]

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  • Joan Hernández Pijuan

    1931 - 2005

    Joan Hernández Pijuan (1931 - 2005)

    Artist. He was born and died in Barcelona. He is considered one of the most important spanish contemporary artists. He studied engraving and lithography in Paris, and his work often was included in abstract style. He was named academic of Fine Arts in 1997 and was awarded with the National Award of Graphic Art in […]

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  • Joan Hickson

    1906 - 1998

    Joan Hickson (1906 - 1998)

    Born in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, Joan Hickson was a daughter of shoe manufacturer Alfred Harold Hickson and his wife, Edith Mary Bogle. She made her stage debut in 1927, and for several years worked throughout the United Kingdom and achieved success playing comedic, often eccentric characters in London’s West End, including the role of the cockney […]

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  • Joan Kroc

    1928 - 2003

    Joan Kroc (1928 - 2003)

    Joan Kroc was born on August 27, 1928, in West St. Paul, Minnesota. Her father, Charles Smart Mansfield, was a store keeper, later a railroad telegraph operator and salesman. Her mother, Gladys Bonnebelle Mansfield was born April 5, 1906 in Luck, Wisconsin to Herman Conrad Peterson and his wife Emma Bonnebelle. Joan’s mother was an […]

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  • Joan Leslie

    1925 - 2015

    Joan Leslie (1925 - 2015)

    Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel was born on January 26, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan, she was the youngest child of John and Agnes Brodel. John was a bank clerk and Agnes was a pianist. Leslie’s two older sisters, Betty and Mary Brodel, shared their mother’s musical interest and started to learn how to play instruments […]

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  • Joan Lorring

    1926 - 2014

    Joan Lorring (1926 - 2014)

    Actress. She may perhaps be best remembered for playing ‘Bessie Watty’ in the picture “The Corn Is Green” (1945). She received an Academy Award nomination for her effort. Born Mary Magdalene Ellis into a family of Anglo-Russian descent in Hong Kong, she fled with her mother to San Francisco as a result of the Japanese […]

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  • Joan Marsh

    1913 - 2000

    Joan Marsh (1913 - 2000)

    Joan Marsh (July 10, 1913 – August 10, 2000), born Nancy Ann Rosher, and briefly known as Dorothy D. Rosher, was an American film actress. Her father was Charles Rosher, an award-winning cinematographer. She was a child actress before becoming an adult thespian. Joan Marsh made her first film appearances as an infant in 1915. She […]

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  • Joan Marshall

    1931 - 1992

    Joan Marshall (1931 - 1992)

    Joan Marshall was born Joan Schrepfermann in Chicago, where she was also raised. She began her career as a showgirl in Chicago clubs. After appearing as a dancer in the film The Chicago Kid (1945) and in a part in the television series Have Gun – Will Travel (1958), she moved to California around 1959. […]

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  • Joan Payson

    1903 - 1975

    Joan Payson (1903 - 1975)

    Joan Payson was born in New York City, the daughter of Payne Whitney and Helen Julia Hay. Her brother was John Hay Whitney. She inherited a trust fund from her grandfather, William C. Whitney and on her father’s death in 1927, she received a large part of the family fortune. She attended Miss Chapin’s School, […]

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  • Joan Rice

    1930 - 1997

    Joan Rice (1930 - 1997)

    Joan Rice (3 February 1930 – 1 January 1997) was a British film actress. One of four sisters from a broken home, she spent eight years in a convent orphanage in Nottingham. Upon arriving in London she first took a job as a waitress. After being crowned “Miss Nippy” in an in-house beauty contest, she was […]

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  • Joan Rivers

    1933 - 2014

    Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014)

    Rivers was born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York in 1933. She was the younger daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Beatrice (née Grushman; January 6, 1906 – October 1975) and Meyer C. Molinsky (December 7, 1900 – January 1985). Her elder sister, Mrs. Barbara Waxler, died on June 3, 2013, aged 82. Rivers was […]

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  • Joan Rivers

    1933 - 2014

    Joan Rivers (1933 - 2014)

    Joan Rivers Rivers was a member of the Reform synagogue Temple Emanu-El in New York and said she “love[d] Israel.” Rivers’ first marriage was in 1955 to James Sanger, the son of a Bond Clothing Stores merchandise manager. The marriage lasted six months and was annulled on the basis that Sanger did not want children […]

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  • Joan Roberts

    1917 - 2012

    Joan Roberts (1917 - 2012)

    Actress. She will be best remembered for her origination of the part of Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s long-running Broadway production of “Oklahoma!” (1943 to 1948). Her acting roots professionally began at the age of five with a part in the “Our Gang” film series. Her association with Rodgers and Hammerstein began with the musical […]

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  • Joan Sebastian

    1951 - 2015

    Joan Sebastian (1951 - 2015)

    Joan Sebastian was born in the rural town of Juliantla in Guerrero, and began composing at the age of seven. His mother had enrolled him to a school near Guanajuato when he was eight years old, and later returned to his hometown three years later.  At age fourteen, his mother sent him away to a […]

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  • Joan Sims

    1930 - 2001

    Joan Sims (1930 - 2001)

    Sims was born in 1930, the daughter of John Henry Simms (1888-1964), station master of Laindon railway station in Laindon, Essex, and his wife Gladys Marie Sims, née Ladbrook (1896-1981). Sims’ early interest in being an actress came from living at the railway station. She would often put on performances for waiting passengers. She decided […]

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  • Joan Taylor

    1929 - 2012

    Joan Taylor (1929 - 2012)

    Joan Taylor Her mother was a former vaudeville singer and dancer, her father was employed as a Hollywood prop-man. He later operated a cinema theater in the Northern Chicago-suburb of Lake Forest, where Rose was both exposed to and enthralled by motion pictures which shaped her future life. Initially she dreamed of becoming a dancer […]

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  • Joan Tetzel

    1921 - 1977

    Joan Tetzel (1921 - 1977)

    Joan Tetzel played in When a Girl Marries and Woman of Courage, both on CBS. Tetzel is noted for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case (1947), where she played “Judy Flaquer”, the daughter of the solicitor played by Charles Coburn in the film. In the movie, she is the confidante and best friend of […]

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  • Joan Winters

    1909 - 1933

    Joan Winters (1909 - 1933)

    Joan Winters appeared on Broadway in 1930 as Sue in the drama Bad Girl. She left for Europe on April 13, 1932 and planned to return to New York City in time to celebrate her birthday on December 8, 1933. According to a UPI wire report from November 4, 1933, Winters’s corpse was discovered together with […]

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  • JoAnn Dean Killingsworth

    1923 - 2015

    JoAnn Dean Killingsworth (1923 - 2015)

    American Actress and Entertainer. Killingsworth moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1931, where they opened a canteen that later became a full-fledged restaurant in Hollywood. The restaurant’s success enabled the family to put her through dancing lessons. She left home at 15 to join a skating troupe and would later go on to […]

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