from the trailer for Vengeance Valley (1951)
|Born||Joan Letitia LaCock
January 31, 1922
Logan, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||September 10, 1996
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Children||Richard Ralph Haymes (b. 1942)
Helen Joanna Haymes (b. 1944)
Barbara Nugent Haymes (b. 1947)
|Relatives||Peter Marshall (brother)|
Born as Joan Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in 1940 at the age of eighteen. After finding employment as a model, she was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. When she moved to Hollywood, she found work in the theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose (1946). Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television. She was cast often in western films such as Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), and John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Wagon Master (1950).
She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film All the King's Men (1949) and co-starred with Dan Dailey in The Pride of St. Louis (1952) about major-league baseball pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean. She appeared in the James Stewart drama Thunder Bay in 1953 and then a Martin and Lewis comedy 3 Ring Circus (1954). Her film career petered out by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working frequently in television, most notably as "Babs Wooten" on the 1960-61 sitcom, Guestward, Ho!.
After Guestward, Ho!, she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, with one feature film appearance, in Sylvia (1965), and eight television appearances.
For her contribution to the television industry, Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before moving to Hollywood, Dru met and married popular singer Dick Haymes in 1941. She was 19 years old. The couple had three children: Richard Ralph Haymes (born July 24, 1942), Helen Joanna Haymes (born May 13, 1944), Barbara Nugent Haymes (born September 19, 1947). Divorced from Haymes in 1949, Dru married Red River and All the King's Men co-star John Ireland less than a month later. The pair divorced in 1957. She had no children from her marriage to Ireland, or subsequent two marriages.
- Abie's Irish Rose (1946)
- Red River (1948)
- All the King's Men (1949)
- She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
- Wagon Master (1950)
- 711 Ocean Drive (1950)
- Vengeance Valley (1951)
- Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)
- Return of the Texan (1952)
- The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
- My Pal Gus (1952)
- Thunder Bay (1953)
- 3 Ring Circus (1954)
- Southwest Passage (1954)
- The Dark Avenger (1955)
- Drango (1957)
- Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
- Sincerely Yours (1955)
- The Light in the Forest (1958)
- The Wild and the Innocent (1959)
- Sylvia (1965)
- Super Fuzz (Poliziotto superpiù) (1980)
- Grimes, William (September 13, 1996). "Joanne Dru, 74, a Star of Movie Westerns". The New York Times.
- Vallance, Tom (September 13, 1996). "Obituary: Joanne Dru". The Independent.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Joanne Dru.|
- Joanne Dru at the Internet Movie Database
- Joanne Dru at AllRovi
- Joanne Dru at the Internet Broadway Database