Georgann Johnson

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Georgann Johnson
BornGeorgia Anne Johnson
(1926-08-15)August 15, 1926
Decorah, Iowa, U.S.
DiedJune 4, 2018(2018-06-04) (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other namesGeorgiann Johnson
Georgianne Johnson
Stanley Prager
(m. 1954; his death 1971)

Jack Tenner
(m. 1981; his death 2008)

Georgann Johnson (born Georgia Anne Johnson,[1] August 15, 1926 – June 4, 2018) was an American stage, film and television actress.[2] She was also known as Georgiann Johnson and Georgianne Johnson.[1]

Early years[edit]

Johnson was born in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of George and Helene (Hjerleid) Johnson. She attended Decorah High School, Luther College and Northwestern University[3] before becoming an actress in 1952.


In 1953, Johnson was cast with her future husband actor Stanley Prager in the Broadway revival of Room Service starring Jack Lemmon. Johnson and Prager wed in 1956. Her other Broadway credits include Critic's Choice (1960), Drink to Me Only (1958), and Reclining Figure (1954).[4]


In films, Johnson had roles in Short Cut to Hell (1957), Midnight Cowboy (1969), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), Health (1980), The Day After (1983), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Murphy's Romance (1985) and Quicksilver (1986). [5][6]


Johnson debuted on television in commercials.[7] She went on to play Alice Snowden in Archie Bunker's Place,[8] Dorothy Jarvis in Cutter to Houston,[8]:226 Marge Weskitt on Mister Peepers,[8]:702-703 and Katherine McKay on Our Family Honor.[8]:797 She was also a regular on The Larry Storch Show.[8]:581 During the 1970s, she appeared in long-running cross-over role of Ellen Grant in both Another World and its spinoff Somerset, as well as Jane Spencer in As the World Turns. She later played Charlotte O'Neill, mother of the title character in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (played by Sharon Gless).[8]:1107[9]

Personal life[edit]

Johnson married Prager in 1954, and they remained wed until his death in 1972. In 1981, she married Jack Tenner. They remained wed until his death in 2008.[3]


On June 4, 2018, Johnson died in Los Angeles at the age of 91.[3] She was survived by her four daughters and three grandchildren.[9]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Harris, Harry (July 20, 1956). "La Rosa Revisited -- After 3 Years on Own". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 28. Retrieved September 1, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Georgann Johnson profile, "Movies & TV", New York Times, February 2, 2013; accessed March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Georgeann Johnson". Classic Images (518): 46. August 2018.
  4. ^ "Georgann Johnson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ Bitran, Tara (15 June 2018). "'Midnight Cowboy' Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91".
  6. ^ "Decorah native, renowned stage and screen actor Georgann Johnson Prager Tenner dies, at 91 - Decorah Newspapers".
  7. ^ "Georgann Johnson's Bow". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. September 14, 1957. p. 5. Retrieved September 1, 2018 – via open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b c d e f Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  9. ^ a b Georgann Johnson obituary,; accessed June 27, 2018.

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