Joan Lorring

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Joan Lorring
Joan Lorring 1946.JPG
Lorring in 1946.
Born Mary Magdalene Ellis
(1926-04-17) April 17, 1926 (age 88)
Hong Kong, China
Occupation Actress
Years active 1944-1981
Spouse(s) Dr. Martin Sonenberg (?-2011) (his death) 2 children
Children Santha Sonenberg
Andrea Sonenberg

Joan Lorring (born April 17, 1926) is a Hong Kong-born American actress.

Early life[edit]

Lorring, born Mary Magdalene Ellis, fled Hong Kong in 1939 with her mother following the Japanese invasion.[1] The two of them settled in San Francisco, California, where young "Dellie" began working in radio.[2]


Her first film role (by which time the studio had changed her name to "Joan Lorring") was in Song of Russia in 1944. She made The Bridge of San Luis Rey in the same year, and, in 1945, appeared opposite Bette Davis in The Corn Is Green as Bessie Watty. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

In 1950, Lorring appeared on Broadway in Come Back, Little Sheba. She began performing on television, acting in starring roles in the soap opera Valiant Lady and the sitcom Norby. She also had a small role in the 1970s soap opera Ryan's Hope before retiring.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lorring was married to Martin Sonenberg, a New York endocrinologist, until his death on June 27, 2011. The couple has two daughters.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1944 Song of Russia Sonia
The Bridge of San Luis Rey Pepita
1945 The Corn Is Green Bessie Watty Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
1946 Three Strangers Icey Crane
The Verdict Lottie Rawson
1947 The Other Love Celestine
The Lost Moment Amelia
The Gangster Dorothy
1948 Good Sam Shirley Mae
1951 The Big Night Marion Rostina
1952 Imbarco a mezzanotte Angela
1974 The Midnight Man Judy
Year Title Role Notes
1950–1956 Robert Montgomery Presents 5 episodes
1952 The Philco Television Playhouse Episode: The Thin Air
The Doctor Episode: No Story Assignment
1954 The Motorola Television Hour Episode: A Dash of Bitters
Love Story Episode: For All We Know
Danger Episode: The Big Man
Suspense Episode: The Last Stand
Center Stage Terry Clayborn Episode: The Day Before Atlanta
1953, 1955 Goodyear Television Playhouse Episode: The Rumor
Episode: The Prizewinner
1954–1955 Valiant Lady Bonnie Withers #1
Westinghouse Studio One Blair
Episode: Castle in Spain
Episode: Millions of Georges
1955 Norby Helen Norby
The Elgin Hour Maggie Episode: Black Eagle Pass
Kraft Television Theatre Episode: Coquette
Appointment with Adventure Episode: Return of the Stranger
1956 Star Stage Episode: Of Missing Persons
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Emma Borden Episode: The Older Sister
General Electric Theater Episode: The Shunning
1965 The Nurses Jean Bower Episode: Act of Violence
For the People Jean Bow Episode: Act of Violence (2)
1966 The Star Wagon Martha PBS TV-Movie
1979–1980 Ryan's Hope Anna Pavel
1980 The Love Boat Mrs. Cummings Episode: Tell Her She's Great...

Awards and nominations[edit]

Academy Award

  • 1946: Nominated, "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" - The Corn is Green


  1. ^ Bio
  2. ^ "Joan Lorring" profile, The New York Times; accessed March 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "Martin Sonenberg"

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