Joan Blondell Biography

Birthday: 1906-08-30
Place of Birth: New York City, New York
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Wiki Biography: With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a 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 appeared in several 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 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 never rose to that level. In gangster movies or musicals, her performances were good enough for second leads, but not first 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 50s, 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) and as Peggy on "Banyon" (1971).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet 1949 Music
Here Come the Brides Lottie Hatfield 1968 Adventure
Banyon Peggy Revere 1972 - 1973
Who Were the Greeks? Schatzi Sutro 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Office Wife 1930 Drama, Romance
Blonde Crazy Anne Roberts 1931 0, Comedy
The Public Enemy Mamie 1931 0, 0
Night Nurse 1931 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Three on a Match Mary Keaton - aka Mary Bernard 1932 Crime, Drama, Romance
Gold Diggers of 1933 0, 0
Footlight Parade 1933 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Convention City 1933 Comedy
Dames Mabel Anderson 1934
Bullets or Ballots 1936 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Lady for a Night 1942 Drama, Romance
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Aunt Sissy 1945 Drama
Nightmare Alley 1947 Drama
The Blue Veil 1952 Drama
Desk Set Peg Costello 1957 Comedy, Romance
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 Comedy, Romance
Advance to the Rear 1964
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Drama
Stay Away, Joe 1968 Comedy, Drama, Musical
Support Your Local Gunfighter! 1971 Comedy, Romance
Grease Vi 1978 Biography, 0
Public Enemy Mamie 2002
Opening Night Sarah Goode 2016 0, 0