Joan Taylor

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For Joan Taylor, the writer on Anglo-Saxon architecture, see Harold McCarter Taylor.
Joan Taylor
Born Rose Marie Emma
(1929-08-18)August 18, 1929
Geneva, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 4, 2012(2012-03-04) (aged 82)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Other names Rose Freeman
Occupation Actress
Years active 1949–1989
Spouse(s) Leonard Freeman
(m. 1953-1974; his death)
Walter Grauman
(m. 1976-1980; divorced)

Joan Taylor (August 18, 1929 – March 4, 2012) was an American television and film actress.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was born Rose Marie Emma in Geneva, Illinois. Her father Joseph Emma was from Sicily and became the manager of the Deerpath movie theatre in Lake Forest, Illinois where Joan was brought up [1] and a Hollywood prop man. Her mother Amelia Berky was from Austria and became a vaudeville dancer/singer.[2]

Taylor married Leonard Freeman, later the creator of Hawaii Five-O, in 1953. The couple had three daughters. After her contract for The Rifleman ran out, she retired from acting to raise her children.[3] When Freeman died in January 1974 following heart surgery, Taylor started managing Leonard Freeman Productions and the business of Hawaii Five-O under the name Rose Freeman.[4] She went to at least one Five-O convention to talk to fans.[5]

With her children older, she found herself writing, including co-author credit for the comedy Fools Rush In (1997 film) starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek.[6]

Taylor married TV producer-director Walter Grauman in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980.[7]



Feature films[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen - The Private Lives and Times
  3. ^ Morrison, Pat (1960-12-25), "Joan Taylor Brings Romantic Interest to 'The Rifleman' Series", The Modesto Bee 
  4. ^ Rose Freeman dies at 82, retrieved 2012-03-07 
  5. ^ Hawaii Five-O FAQ, retrieved 2012-03-07 
  6. ^ Actress Joan Taylor Dies at 82, 2012, retrieved 2012-03-07 
  7. ^ Lentz, Harris M. (2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. p. 285. ISBN 9780786470631. 

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