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JOAN BLONDELL BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Joan Blondell was born on August 30th, 1906 in New York City with the birth name Rose Joan Blondell. She was born into a family involved in show business. Her father, Eddie was a comedian and involved in vaudeville. At the young age of three, Blondell was already being exposed to being on stage. She toured with her parents and by the age of seventeen she joined a stock company.
 
Her New York debut was with the Ziegfeld Follies and this was followed by a number of Broadway Productions. It was when she was appearing on a Broadway play called, "Penny Arcade" (1929) with James Cagney that Warner Brothers decided to film the play and change its name to, "Sinners' Holiday" (1930). The film was a big success and Warner Brothers Paired her up with Cagney again to work on the film, "The Public Enemy" (1931) followed by "Blonde Crazy" (also 1931).
 
As her career progressed, James Cagney became a huge star with Warner Brothers, but Blondell's career never reached that level of success. She continued to get cast in a variety of films, but most roles were second leads. She did do a number of musicals in which she was paired with Dick Powell whom she married for ten years. In 1939, Blondell left her contract with Warner Brothers and tried to work as an independent actress, however roles were becoming less available to her and she was forced to do straight comedy and dramatic roles.
 
Blondell did do a number of decent roles in such films as, "Topper Returns" (1941), "Lady for a Night" (1942 starring John Wayne, "Cry Havoc" (1943) and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945). She did earn an Academy Award nomination for her role on, "The Blue Veil" (1951). The late 50's proved beneficial to her career with two film roles, "Lizzie" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (both 1957). She then did some television work making appearances on a number of shows and also got a regular role in the television show, "The Real McCoys" (1957).  

Blondell continued to work in the industry in films and television such as her roles on the films, "The Cincinnati Kid" (1965) starring Steve McQueen and Edward G. Robinson, "Waterhole #3" (1967) and "Support Your Local Gunfighter" (1971). Her television appearances included, "Here Come the Brides" (1968) and "Banyon" (1971).
 
She married three times throughout her lifetime, first to George Barnes from 1932 through 1936 and had one child, Norman S. Powell. Her second marriage was to her fellow actor, Dick Powell from 1936 through 1944 and also having another child, Ellen Powell. Blondell's third and final marriage was to Michael Todd from July 4th, 1947 through June 8th, 1950. This marriage took a toll on her emotionally as Todd caused a lot of financial strain as he was a heavy spender and gambler. He eventually spent most of Blondell's money and then left her for Elizabeth Taylor. She did not marry again and passed away on December 25th, 1979 in Santa Monica, California from leukemia.

Filmography

1981 The Woman Inside
1979 The Glove
1979 The Rebels
1979 Fantasy Island
1979 The Champ
1979 $weepstake$
1978 The Love Boat
1978 Battered
1978 Grease
1977 Opening Night
1977 The Baron
1976 Starsky and Hutch
1976 Death at Love House
1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood
1976 Switch
1975 Police Story
1975 Winner Take All
1975 The Dead Don't Die
1974 Bobby Parker and Company
1974 The Snoop Sisters
1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show
1973 Medical Center
1973 The Rookies
1971-1973 Love, American Style
1972-1973 Banyon
1971 McCloud
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter
1970 The Name of the Game
1970 The Phynx
1968-1970 Here Come the Brides
1969 Big Daddy
1968 The Outsider
1968 Kona Coast
1968 That Girl
1968 Stay Away, Joe
1968 Petticoat Junction
1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett
1967 Family Affair
1967 Waterhole #3
1967 Winchester 73
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1966 Baby Makes Three
1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
1965 Slattery's People
1965 My Three Sons
1965 The Lucy Show
1965 The Cincinnati Kid
1965 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
1964 Vacation Playhouse
1964 Advance to the Rear
1964 Dr. Kildare
1964 Bonanza
1963-1964 Burke's Law
1964 The Greatest Show on Earth
1964 Twilight Zone
1963 Wagon Train
1963 The Virginian
1963 The Real McCoys
1963 Death Valley Days
1962 The Dick Powell Theatre
1961 Angel Baby
1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show
1961 The Untouchables
1961 The Witness
1960 Adventures in Paradise
1957-1959 Playhouse 90
1958 Studio One in Hollywood
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
1957 This Could Be the Night
1957 Desk Set
1957 Lizzie
1956 The Opposite Sex
1955 The United States Steel Hour
1955 Playwrights '
1955 G.E. True Theater
1955 Shower of Stars
1955 Fireside Theatre
1953 Lux Video Theatre
1953 Suspense
1952 Schlitz Playhouse
1951 The Blue Veil
1951 Nash Airflyte Theatre
1950 For Heaven's Sake
1947 Christmas Eve
1947 Nightmare Alley
1947 The Corpse Came C.O.D.
1945 Adventure
1945 Don Juan Quilligan
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1943 Cry 'Havoc'
1942 Lady for a Night
1941 Three Girls About Town
1941 Model Wife
1941 Topper Returns
1940 I Want a Divorce
1940 Two Girls on Broadway
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams
1939 Good Girls Go to Paris
1939 The Kid from Kokomo
1939 East Side of Heaven
1939 Off the Record
1938 There's Always a Woman
1937 Stand-In
1937 The Perfect Specimen
1937 Back in Circulation
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl
1936 Gold Diggers of 193
1936 Three Men on a Horse
1936 Stage Struck
1936 Bullets or Ballots
1936 Sons o' Guns
1936 Collee
1935 Miss Pacific Fleet
1935 We're in the Mone
1935 Broadway Gondolier
1935 Traveling Saleslady
1934 Kansas City Princess
1934 Dames
1934 Smart
1934 He Was Her Man
1934 I've Got Your Number
1933 Convention City
1933 Havana Widows
1933 Footlight Parade
1933 Goodbye Again
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
1933 Blondie Johnson
1933 Broadway Bad
1933 Just Around the Corner
1932 Lawyer Man
1932 Central Park
1932 Three on a Match
1932 Big City Blues
1932 Miss Pinkerton
1932 Make Me a Star
1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
1932 The Crowd Roars
1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
1932 Union Depot
1931 Blonde Crazy
1931 The Reckless Hour
1931 Night Nurse
1931 Big Business Girl
1931 My Past
1931 The Public Enemy
1931 God's Gift to Women
1931 Illicit
1931 Millie
1931 Other Men's Women
1931 How I Play Golf, by Bobby Jones No. 10: 'Trouble Shots'
1930 Sinners' Holiday
1930 The Office Wife
1930 The Devil's Parade
1930 Broadway's Like That
1930 The Heart Breaker  





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