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Van Ark in June 2007
Joan Van Ark

June 16, 1943 (1943-06-16) (age 78)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1963–present
John Marshall (m. 1966)
Children Vanessa Marshall

Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway debut in 1966 in Barefoot in the Park. In 1971, she received a Theatre World Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the revival of The School for Wives.

Van Ark landed her most famous role of Valene Ewing in 1978, first on the CBS series Dallas, then for 13 seasons on its spin-off Knots Landing (1979–92). For this role, she won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Actress in 1986 and 1989. She left the show in 1992, although she did return for the final episode of the series in 1993 and for the 1997 miniseries Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac.

In 1985, she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination as host of the Tournament of Roses Parade on CBS. From 2004-2005, she starred in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. She reprised her role of Valene in an episode of the new Dallas series in 2013.

Early life

Howard Duff and Joan Van Ark in 1968
Van Ark and Howard Duff in Felony Squad 1968

Van Ark was born in New York City. Both parents were also writers. She grew-up in Boulder, Colorado, with three siblings: Carol, Mark and Dexter.

At age 15, as a student reporter, Van Ark met and interviewed actress Julie Harris, who later recommended Van Ark apply to the Yale School of Drama. Harris had been the youngest student to attend the school on scholarship. Van Ark was one of the few students to attend the graduate program without first having earned an undergraduate degree.

She attended for only one year. Years later, Harris appeared on Knots Landing as Lilimae Clements, the mother of Valene Ewing, Van Ark's character.

Personal life

Van Ark married KNBC-TV former reporter John Marshall on February 1, 1966. The couple's only child, voice actress, model, and singer Vanessa Marshall, was born on October 19, 1969.


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Run for Your Life Donna Hayward 2 episodes
1968 Peyton Place Paula 2 episodes
1969 Bonanza Annie Laurie Adams 1 episode
Gunsmoke Sarah Jean Stryker 1 episode
1970 Hawaii Five-O Freda Cowan 1 episode
Days of Our Lives Janie Whitney unknown episodes
The Silent Force Episode: "A Deadly Game of Love"
1971 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Evelyn Baker 1 episode
1970-1972 Love, American Style Alice 2 episodes
1972 Frogs Karen Crockett
The Judge and Jake Wyler Alicia Dodd
1972-1973 Temperatures Rising Annie Carlisle 26 episodes
1974 Big Rose: Double Trouble Nina
Barnaby Jones Sheila Barner 1 episode
The Rockford Files Barbara Kelbaker Episode: "Find Me If You Can."
1975 The Rules of the Game Silvia Gala
Rhoda Marian Gerard 1 episode
The Last of the Mohicans Cora Munro Voice only
1977 The Last Dinosaur Francesca 'Frankie' Banks
Kojak Detective Jo Lang
1977 McMillan (formally McMillan and Wife)
1977-1978 We've Got Each Other Dee Dee Baldwin 13 episodes
1978 Quincy M.E. Bert Phillips 1 episode
Quark Princess Libido 2 episodes
Wonder Woman Cassandra 1 episode
1973-1978 M*A*S*H Lt. Erika Johnson 2 episodes: "Radar's Report"; "Our Finest Hour"
1979 Spider-Woman Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman Voice only (16 episodes)
1979-1984 The Love Boat Deborah Marshall/Kris Hayley/Mary Sue Huggins 4 episodes
1981 Red Flag: The Ultimate Game Marie
1988 Shakedown on the Sunset Strip Brenda Allen
My First Love Claire Thomas
1990 Always Remember I Love You Martha "Marty" Mendham TV movie
Menu for Murder Julia Alberts
1978-1991 Dallas Valene Ewing 8 episodes
1979-1993 Knots Landing Valene Ewing 327 episodes
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time (1986, 1989)
TV Land Award - Anniversary Award (2009)
Nominated - Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time (1988, 1991)
1993 In the Shadows, Someone's Watching Cinnie Merritt
1994 Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception Nora McGill
1996 Touched by an Angel Kim Carpenter 1 episode
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Jewel Pemberton 1 episode
Santo Bugito Amelia
1997 Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac Valene Ewing TV mini-series
1998 The Nanny Margo Lange 1 episode
Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White House Vice President Elizabeth Lane
2000 Held for Ransom Nancy Donavan
2000 It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown (voice)
2004-2005 The Young and the Restless Gloria Abbott 54 episodes
2008 Channels Megan Phillips
2009 My Name Is Earl Janine 1 episode
2008-2010 Nip/Tuck Annette Wainwright 2 episodes
2011 Archer Ruth Voice only (1 episode)
2012 Watercolor Postcards Momma
2013 Dallas Valene Ewing 1 episode
2015 Fallout 4 Bonnie Tournquist, Phyllis Daily & Roslyn Chambers Voice role
2017 Psycho Wedding Crasher Aunt Daisy TV movie
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