|Date of Birth||30 August 1906,|
|Place of Birth||New York, New York, USA|
With blonde hair, massive blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was typically cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the ideal friend of the add. Born into vaudeville to a action comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17. She made her New York debut with the Ziegfeld Follies and seemed in a lot of Broadway productions. She was starring with James Cagney on Broadway in “Penny Arcade” (1929) when Warner Brothers decided to film the play as Sinners’ Holiday (1930). Both Cagney and Joan were given the leads, and the film was a success. She would be teamed with Cagney yet again in The Public Enemy (1931) and ‘Blonde Crazy (1931)’ among others. In The Office Wife (1930), she stole the scene when she was dressing for work. While Warner Brothers made Cagney a star, Joan will not rose to that level. In gangster movies or musicals, her performances were good enough for second leads, but the studio would not consider her for the 1st lead. In the 1930s, she made a career playing gold-diggers and happy-go-lucky girlfriends. She would be paired with Dick Powell in ten musicals during these years, and they were married for ten years. By 1939, Joan had left Warner Brothers to become an independent actress, but by then, the blonde role was being defined by actresses like Veronica Lake. Her work slowed greatly as she went into straight comedy or dramatic roles. Three of her better roles were in Topper Returns (1941), Cry ‘Havoc’ (1943), and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945). By the ‘fifties, Joan would garner an Academy Award nomination for The Blue Veil (1951), but her biggest career successes would be on the stage, including a musical version of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” In 1957, Joan would again appear on the screen as a drunk in Lizzie (1957) and as mature companion to Jayne Mansfield in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957). While she would appear in a number of television shows during the ’50s and ’60s, she had the regular role of Winifred on “The Real McCoys” (1957) during the 1963 season. Her role in the drama The Cincinnati Kid (1965) was well received, but most of her remaining films would be comedies such as Waterhole #3 (1967) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1971). Still in demand for TV, she was cast as Lottie on “Here Come the Brides” (1968), 1968-70 and as Peggy on “Banyon” (1972).
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