Joanne Dru

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Joanne Dru
Joanne Dru in Vengeance Valley trailer.jpg
from the trailer for Vengeance Valley (1951)
Born Joan Letitia LaCock[1]
(1922-01-31)January 31, 1922
Logan, West Virginia, U.S.
Died September 10, 1996(1996-09-10) (aged 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1946–1980
Spouse(s)
  • Dick Haymes (1941–1949; divorced); 3 children
  • John Ireland (1949–1957; divorced)
  • George Pierose (1963–1972; his death)
  • C.V. Wood (1972–1992; his death)
Children Richard Ralph Haymes (b. 1942)
Helen Joanna Haymes (b. 1944)
Barbara Nugent Haymes (b. 1947)
Relatives Peter Marshall (brother)

Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) [2] was an American film and television actress, known for such films as Red River and All the King's Men.

Career[edit]

Born as Joan Letitia LaCock[1] 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 On to 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 often cast in western films such as Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), 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.

Personal life[edit]

She was the elder sister of Peter Marshall, an actor and singer best known as the original host of the American game show Hollywood Squares.

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.

Death[edit]

She died in Los Angeles, California in 1996, aged 74, from a respiratory ailment that developed from lymphedema, a swelling of the extremities. Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.

Selected filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Known as Joan Lacock in the 1930 United States census
  2. ^ "Joanne L. Wood". Social Security Death Index. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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