from the trailer for the film
The Hard Way (1943).
|Born||Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel
January 26, 1925
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Spouse(s)||Dr. William G. Caldwell (1950-2000)
(his death) 2 children
|Awards||Golden Boot Award
2006 Lifetime Achievement
Walk of Fame - Television
1560 Vine Street
Leslie was born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel in Detroit, Michigan, and raised Roman Catholic. She began performing as a singer at the age of nine as part of a vaudeville act with her two sisters; Betty and Mae Brodel. She later began her Hollywood acting career while still a child, performing under her real name in several movies, beginning with her debut in the MGM movie Camille (1936) with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor.
The young actress soon signed a contract with Warner Bros.. In 1941, Leslie got her first major role in the thriller High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart, playing a crippled girl under her new billing as "Joan Leslie". She also starred in Sergeant York and The Wagons Roll at Night in that same year. Later in 1942 she appeared as James Cagney's wife in Yankee Doodle Dandy, and at the age of 18 in 1943, she starred in The Sky's the Limit with Fred Astaire. In 1946 exhibitors voted her the most promising "star of tomorrow".
She starred in many more movies until 1950, when she married Dr. William Caldwell. Her last movie role was in The Revolt of Mamie Stover in 1956, and she eventually retired from acting altogether to look after her identical twin daughters Patrice and Ellen. She has appeared in several television commercials since then, and also made guest appearances in the TV shows Murder, She Wrote and Charlie's Angels. She also provided commentary as extras on the Yankee Doodle Dandy, Sergeant York, and High Sierra DVDs.
During World War II, she was a regular volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen, where she danced with servicemen and granted hundreds of autographs. In 1944, she starred with Robert Hutton in the Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen. Like most of the Hollywood stars in the film, she played herself, but the fictionalized plot had her falling in love with a soldier (played by Hutton) frequenting the canteen. Her sister, actress Betty Brodel, briefly played herself in the film, too.
Joan Leslie has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.
|1938||Men with Wings||Patricia Falconer at Age 11||uncredited|
|1939||Nancy Drew ... Reporter||Mayme, Journalism Student||uncredited|
|Love Affair||Autograph Seeker||uncredited|
|Winter Carnival||Betsy Phillips||as Joan Brodel|
|Two Thoroughbreds||Wendy Conway||as Joan Brodel|
|1940||Laddie||Shelley Stanton||as Joan Brodel|
|Young as You Feel||Girl||as Joan Brodel|
|Star Dust||College Girl||uncredited|
|Susan and God||Party Guest||uncredited|
|Military Academy||Marjorie Blake||as Joan Brodel|
|Foreign Correspondent||Jones' Sister||uncredited|
|Alice in Movieland||Alice Purdee||Short film|
|The Great Mr. Nobody||Mary Clover|
|The Wagons Roll at Night||Mary Coster|
|Thieves Fall Out||Mary Matthews|
|Sergeant York||Gracie Williams|
|Nine Lives Are Not Enough||Newspaper Receptionist||uncredited|
|1942||The Male Animal||Patricia Stanley|
|Yankee Doodle Dandy||Mary|
|1943||The Hard Way||Katie Chernen|
|The Sky's the Limit||Joan Manion|
|This Is the Army||Eileen Dibble|
|Thank Your Lucky Stars||Pat Dixon|
|I Am an American||Herself||uncredited|
|1945||Where Do We Go from Here?||Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina|
|Rhapsody in Blue||Julie Adams|
|Too Young to Know||Sally Sawyer|
|1946||Cinderella Jones||Judy Jones|
|Janie Gets Married||Janie Conway|
|Two Guys from Milwaukee||Connie Reed|
|1947||Repeat Performance||Sheila Page|
|1948||Northwest Stampede||Christine "Honey" Johnson|
|1950||The Skipper Surprised His Wife||Daphne Lattimer|
|Born to Be Bad||Donna Foster|
|1951||Man in the Saddle||Laurie Bidwell Isham|
|Toughest Man in Arizona||Mary Kimber|
|1953||Woman They Almost Lynched||Sally Maris|
|Flight Nurse||Lt. Polly Davis|
|1954||Jubilee Trail||Garnet Hale|
|Hell's Outpost||Sarah Moffit|
|1956||The Revolt of Mamie Stover||Annalee Johnson|
|1986||Charley Hannah||Sandy Hannah||TV movie|
|1989||Turn Back the Clock||Party Guest||TV movie|
|1991||Fire in the Dark||Ruthie||TV movie|
- NNDb profile
- "The Stars of To-morrow.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) (NSW: National Library of Australia). 10 September 1946. p. 11 Supplement: The Sydney Morning Herald Magazine. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- The 16 minute film, I Am an American, was featured in American theaters as a short feature in connection with "I Am an American Day" (now called Constitution Day). I Am an American was produced by Gordon Hollingshead, written and directed by Crane Wilbur. Besides Leslie, it featured Humphrey Bogart, Gary Gray, Dick Haymes, Danny Kaye, Dennis Morgan, Knute Rockne, and Jay Silverheels. See: I Am An American at the TCM Movie Database and I Am an American at the Internet Movie Database.
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