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Joan Blondell
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Joan Blondell featured in the August 1936 edition of Photoplay Magazine
Born
Rose Joan Blondell

(1906-08-30)August 30, 1906
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Died December 25, 1979(1979-12-25) (aged 73)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Occupation Actress
Years active 1927–1979
Spouse(s)
  • George Barnes
    (m. 1933; div. 1936)
  • Dick Powell
    (m. 1936; div. 1944)
  • Mike Todd
    (m. 1947; div. 1950)

Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century. She began her career in vaudeville.

After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Bros. pictures, and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions. She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time, she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold diggers. Blondell continued acting in major film roles for the rest of her life, often in small character roles or supporting television roles. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951).

Near the end of her life, Blondell was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Cassavetes's Opening Night (1977). She featured in roles in two more films — Grease (1978) and The Champ (1979).

Death

Blondell died of leukemia in Santa Monica, California, on Christmas Day, 1979, with her children and her sister at her bedside. She is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Filmography

Feature films

Year Title Role Notes
1930 The Office Wife Katherine Murdock
1930 Sinners' Holiday Myrtle
1931 Other Men's Women Marie
1931 Millie Angie Wickerstaff
1931 Illicit Helen Dukie Childers
1931 God's Gift to Women Fifi
1931 The Public Enemy Mamie
1931 My Past Marian Moore
1931 Big Business Girl Pearl
1931 Night Nurse Maloney
1931 The Reckless Hour Myrtle Nichols
1931 Blonde Crazy Ann Roberts
1932 Union Depot Ruth Collins
1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them Schatze Citroux
1932 The Crowd Roars Anne Scott
1932 The Famous Ferguson Case Maizie Dickson
1932 Make Me a Star Flips Montague
1932 Miss Pinkerton Miss Adams
1932 Big City Blues Vida Fleet
1932 Three on a Match Mary Keaton
1932 Central Park Dot
1933 Lawyer Man Olga Michaels
1933 Broadway Bad Tony Landers
1933 Blondie Johnson Blondie Johnson
1933 Gold Diggers of 1933 Carol King
1933 Goodbye Again Anne Rogers
1933 Footlight Parade Nan Prescott
1933 Havana Widows Mae Knight
1933 Convention City Nancy Lorraine
1934 I've Got Your Number Marie Lawson
1934 He Was Her Man Rose Lawrence
1934 Smarty Vickie Wallace
1934 Dames Mabel Anderson
1934 Kansas City Princess Rosie Sturges
1935 Traveling Saleslady Angela Twitchell
1935 Broadway Gondolier Alice Hughes
1935 We're in the Money Ginger Stewart
1935 Miss Pacific Fleet Gloria Fay
1936 Colleen Minnie Hawkins
1936 Sons o' Guns Yvonne
1936 Bullets or Ballots Lee Morgan
1936 Stage Struck Peggy Revere
1936 Three Men on a Horse Mabel
1936 Gold Diggers of 1937 Norma Perry
1937 The King and the Chorus Girl Dorothy Ellis
1937 Back in Circulation Timmy Blake
1937 The Perfect Specimen Mona Carter
1937 Stand-In Lester Plum
1938 There's Always a Woman Sally Reardon
1939 Off the Record Jane Morgan
1939 East Side of Heaven Mary Wilson
1939 The Kid from Kokomo Doris Harvey
1939 Good Girls Go to Paris Jenny Swanson
1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams Maxine Carroll
1940 Two Girls on Broadway Molly Mahoney
1940 I Want a Divorce Geraldine Brokaw
1941 Topper Returns Gail Richards
1941 Model Wife Joan Keathing Chambers
1941 Three Girls About Town Hope Banner
1942 Lady for a Night Jenny Blake
1942 Cry 'Havoc' Grace Lambert
1945 A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Aunt Sissy
1945 Don Juan Quilligan Margie Mossrock
1945 Adventure Helen Melohn
1947 The Corpse Came C.O.D. Rosemary Durant
1947 Nightmare Alley Zeena
1947 Christmas Eve Ann Nelson
1950 For Heaven's Sake Daphne
1951 The Blue Veil Annie Rawlins Academy Award nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1956 The Opposite Sex Edith Potter
1957 Lizzie Aunt Morgan
1957 Desk Set Peg Costello
1957 This Could Be the Night Crystal
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Violet
1961 Angel Baby Mollie Hays
1964 Advance to the Rear Easy Jenny
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Lady Fingers Best Supporting Actress, National Board of Review
Golden Globe Award nominee, Best Supporting Actress
1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance Mrs. Lavender
1967 Waterhole #3 Lavinia
1967 Winchester '73 Larouge TV movie
1967 The Spy in the Green Hat Mrs. "Fingers" Steletto
1968 Stay Away, Joe Glenda Callahan
1968 Kona Coast Kittibelle Lightfoot
1969 Big Daddy
1970 The Phynx Ruby
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter! Jenny
1975 The Dead Don't Die Levinia TV movie
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Landlady
1976 Death at Love House Marcella Geffenhart
1977 The Baron
1977 Opening Night Sarah Goode Golden Globe Award nominee, Best Supporting Actress
1978 Grease Vi
1979 Battered Edna Thompson NBC tv movie
1979 The Champ Dolly Kenyon
1979 The Glove Mrs. Fitzgerald
1981 The Woman Inside Aunt Coll

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