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Joan Bennett ACTOR

Joan Bennett was born on February 27th, 1910 in Palisades, New Jersey with the middle name Geraldine.  She was born into a family involved in show business and by the age of four, Bennett was making her first stage appearance.  Her parents, Richard Bennett and Adrienne Morrison were both actors and her siblings, Barbara and Constance Bennett also later pursued careers in entertainment.
She received her early years education at Miss Hopkins School for Girls in Manhattan, St. Margaret's, which was a boarding school in Waterbury, Connecticut and L'Hermitage, a finishing school in France.  
Joan broke into the film industry in 1916 with her first appearances as a child actor in the film, "The Valley of Decision".  Her father as well as her siblings and mother all appeared together in this film.  Her next film role was again with her father in 1923 in, "The Eternal City".
Five years later after a unsuccessful marriage and the addition of a daughter to now raise, Bennett began to focus full time on a career as an actress to provide for her family.  She began appearing on the big screen in such films as, "Power" (1928), "Bulldog Drummond" (1929), "Disraeli" (1929), "The Mississippi Gambler" (1929) and "Three Live Ghosts" (1929).
Bennett was also working as a stage actress appearing with her father on Broadway in 1928 in a production of, "Jarnegan" which ran for a total of 136 performances.  She then signed a contract with Fox Film Corporation and began to add more credits to her resume. 
As her career in the industry continued she gained a large fan base and was highly desired by film directors in Hollywood.  Between the 1930's and 1940's, Bennett stayed quite busy adding to her resume credits for such films as, "Little Women" (1933), "She Couldn’t Take It" (1935), "Big Brown Eyes" (1936), "The Texans" (1938), "Trade Wings" (1938) and "Green Hell" (1940).
She is known for appearing in a number of films directed by Fritz Lang such as, "Man Hunt" (1941), "The Woman in the Window" (1944), "Scarlet Street" (1945) and "The Macomber Affair" (1947). 
In addition to film roles she also made a variety of television appearances on such series as, "The James Melton Show", "Danger", "The Best of Broadway", "Climax!", "Playhouse 90", "Burke's Law", "Mr. Broadway" , "Love, American Style" and her most well known recurring role on the series, "Dark Shadows" (1966-1971), portraying character Elizabeth Collins Stoddard.  She later returned back to the film industry when she reprised her famous character in the film, "House of Dark Shadows" (1970).
Joan Bennett's most recent appearances were in the television movies, "Gidget Gets Married" (1972), "The Eyes of Charles Sand" (1972), "Suddenly, Love" (1978) and her final role was in 1982 in, "Divorce Wars: A Love Story".
In total throughout her career in the industry she appeared in more than 70 motion pictures and in 1978 she retired from the industry
She married a total of four times throughout her lifetime, first to John Marion Fox in 1926 and after having one daughter this marriage came to an end in 1928.  Her second husband was Gene Markey in 1932 however by 1937, this marriage also ended in divorce.  Her third husband was Walter Wanger whom she wed in 1940 and together they had two children and remained married until 1965.  Her fourth and final time to marry was in 1978 to David Wilde and they remained together until she passed away on December 7th, 1990 in Scarsdale, New York after suffering from a heart attack.  She was survived by thirteen grandchildren.

Joan Bennett was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion Picture industry.  Her remains are interred in Pleasant View Cemetery in Lyme, Connecticut.    


1982   Divorce Wars: A Love Story 

1981   This House Possessed

1978   Suddenly, Love 

1977   Suspiria

1972   Police Surgeon

1972   The Eyes of Charles Sand 

1972   Gidget Gets Married 

1966-1971  Dark Shadows 

1971   Love, American Style 

1970   The Governor & J.J. 

1970   House of Dark Shadows 

1965   Burke's Law

1964   Mr. Broadway

1960   Desire in the Dust

1959   Too Young to Go Steady

1958   Pursuit

1957   The DuPont Show of the Month

1957   Playhouse 90

1956   Navy Wife

1956   There's Always Tomorrow

1955-1956  The Ford Television Theatre

1955   We're No Angels

1955   Climax!

1954   The Best of Broadway

1954   G.E. True Theater

1954   Highway Dragnet

1951   Somerset Maugham TV Theatre

1951   The Guy Who Came Back

1951   Danger

1951   The James Melton Show

1951   Father's Little Dividend

1951   Nash Airflyte Theatre

1950   For Heaven's Sake

1950   Father of the Bride

1949   The Reckless Moment

1948   Hollow Triumph

1947   Secret Beyond the Door... 

1947   The Woman on the Beach

1947   The Macomber Affair

1946   Colonel Effingham's Raid 

1945   Scarlet Street

1945   Nob Hill

1944   The Woman in the Window 

1943   Margin for Error

1942   Girl Trouble

1942   Twin Beds

1942   The Wife Takes a Flyer

1941   Confirm or Deny

1941   Wild Geese Calling

1941   Man Hunt

1941   She Knew All the Answers

1940   The Son of Monte Cristo 

1940   The Man I Married

1940   The House Across the Bay

1940   Green Hell

1939   The Housekeeper's Daughter 

1939   The Man in the Iron Mask 

1938   Trade Winds

1938   Artists and Models Abroad

1938   The Texans 

1938   I Met My Love Again 

1937   Vogues of 1938

1936   Wedding Present

1936   Two in a Crowd

1936   Thirteen Hours by Air

1936   Big Brown Eyes

1935   The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

1935   She Couldn't Take It 

1935   Two for Tonight 

1935   Mississippi 

1935   Private Worlds

1934   The Man Who Reclaimed His Head

1934   The Pursuit of Happiness

1933   Little Women

1933   Arizona to Broadway

1932   Me and My Gal

1932   Wild Girl

1932   Week Ends Only

1932   The Trial of Vivienne Ware

1932   Careless Lady

1932   She Wanted a Millionaire

1931   Hush Money

1931   Doctors' Wives 

1931   Many a Slip

1930   Scotland Yard 

1930   Maybe It's Love

1930   Moby Dick 

1930   Crazy That Way

1930   Puttin' on the Ritz 

1929   The Mississippi Gambler 

1929   Disraeli

1929   Three Live Ghosts 

1929   Bulldog Drummond 

1929   The Divine Lady

1928   Power

1923   The Eternal City

1916   The Valley of Decision

Matinee Classics - Scarlet Street starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Jess Barker, Rosalind Ivan, Arthur Loft, Charles Kemper, Russell Hicks, Samuel S. Hinds, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Vladimir Sokoloff, Cy Kendall and Tom Dillon
Matinee Classics - Scarlet Street starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Jess Barker, Rosalind Ivan, Arthur Loft, Charles Kemper, Russell Hicks, Samuel S. Hinds, Anita Sharp-Bolster, Vladimir Sokoloff, Cy Kendall and Tom Dillon

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