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Joanna Cameron, circa 1972
|Born||Joanna Kara Cameron
September 20, 1951
Aspen, Colorado, U.S.
Joanna Kara Cameron (born September 20, 1951), sometimes credited as JoAnna Cameron, is an American former actress and model, perhaps best known for her portrayal of the title role on The Secrets of Isis, a children's television series.
While at college, Cameron became friends with Linda Hope, the daughter of Bob Hope. When she was introduced to the famous comedian, he cast her in the film How to Commit Marriage in 1969. This led to a series of film and television roles throughout the 1970s. Cameron was reportedly considered for the Love Story role that went to Ali MacGraw. She acted play in the 1970s films B.S. I Love You and the black comedy Pretty Maids All in a Row.
Her television performances also included roles in The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Columbo, and several episodes of Marcus Welby, MD. She also had a prolific career in commercials and claims at one time to have held the record for having done the most commercials in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Secrets of Isis
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In 1975, Cameron was cast as the Egyptian-themed super-hero Isis] on the Saturday morning children's series The Secrets of Isis. On the series, Cameron portrayed a young high-school science teacher, named Andrea Thomas, who discovers an enchanted amulet while in Egypt. The amulet, which originally belonged to the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Queen Hatshepsut and also intended for Hatshepsut's (female) descendants (including Thomas herself), bestows the supposed powers of the goddess Isis on her when she invokes them by uttering the phrase, "Oh, mighty Isis..." These powers include super-human strength and speed ("the speed of gazelles"), the ability to fly (or to "soar as the falcon soars"), and telekinesis ("command [of] the elements of sky and Earth"), all of which she uses to fight crime.
The Secrets of Isis ran from September 6, 1975, to September 3, 1977. Twenty-two episodes were produced, and Isis also appeared in three episodes of the related Saturday morning super-hero drama Shazam!. Despite the show's popularity, it was not renewed for a third season. The character of Isis later appeared in a cartoon called Tarzan and the Super 7, in segments dealing with a super-team called "The Freedom Force," but with Isis's voice provided by a different actress.
After her role as Isis, Cameron played television roles in McMillan & Wife and The Amazing Spider-Man. She also was host of the Navy Network, a TV series produced by the United States Navy about aspects of Naval life, and directed a commercial for the Naval Academy titled Razor Sharp. Cameron's last-known role was in the 1980 TV movie Swan Song.
Following her acting career, Cameron worked in the home healthcare industry for 10 years, and followed that with a career in marketing for several hotels.
- How to Commit Marriage (1969) as Nancy Benson
- I Love My Wife (1970) as Nurse Sharon
- Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) as Yvonne Millick
- B.S. I Love You (1971) as Marilyn/Michele
- The Great American Beauty Contest (1973 TVM) as Gloria Rockwell
- A Time for Love (1973 TVM)
- Sorority Kill (1974 TVM)
- Night Games (1974 TVM) as Thelma Lattimer
- Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974 TVM) as Lorna McGrath
- It Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Guy (1974 TVM) as Wanda Olivia Wellman
- High Risk (1976 TVM) as Sandra
- McMillan: Have You Heard About Vanessa? (1977 TVM) as Vanessa Vale
- Spider-Man Strikes Back a.k.a Deadly Dust (1978 TVM) as Gail Hoffman
- Swan Song (1980 TVM) as Karen
- Joanna Cameron profile, GlamourGirlsoftheSilverScreen.com; accessed May 7, 2017.
- Unofficial Isis Page: Interview with Joanna Cameron, angelfire.com; accessed May 7, 2017.
- IMDB list of Cameron's movie and TV roles
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