Jo de Winter

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Juanita Adamina (née Daussat; March 5, 1921 – January 17, 2016), known professionally as Jo de Winter, was an American actress most notable for her role in the short-lived series Gloria.[1]

Early years[edit]

De Winter was born in Sacramento, California, and her mother died when she was 2 years old. After a brief period when she lived with her father in a hotel in San Francisco, California, she entered a convent school. Her first acting experience came at age 4, when she played an injured shepherd in a Christmas pageant at the school.[2]

She first came to Hollywood when she was under contract with David O. Selznick.


De Winter appeared on Broadway as Mrs. Norman in Children of a Lesser God,[3] and in Europe onstage in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Nurse Ratched, a role that she originated in the play's production in San Francisco.[4]


For three years, De Winter had a recurring role as an executive secretary in The Name of the Game.[2] Otherwise, she acted in mostly single-episode appearances on television between 1965 and 2002, including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Brady Bunch, Soap, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, Murder She Wrote, Frasier, The Munsters Today, and The John Larroquette Show. She also appeared in the films Dirty Harry and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.


In 1989, de Winter played Marie Antoinette in a six-hour radio drama, Bastille, produced by the University of Chicago on WFMT in Chicago, Illinois.[5]

Personal life[edit]

De Winter's husband was an officer in the United States Air Force when they married. He later served as chief of protocol in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the NATO planning staff. They had one son and one daughter. Their son and his wife were killed in an automobile accident.[2]


De Winter died[where?] on January 17, 2016 at the age of 94 and was survived by her daughter. Her husband, Robert Eggers Adamina, and their son, Robert, Jr., both predeceased her.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 Dirty Harry Miss Willis
1972 Pete 'n' Tillie Party Guest Uncredited
1984 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Mrs. Bennett
1988 Bird Mildred Berg
1994 There Goes My Baby Miss Shine
2016 Monday Nights at Seven Nana (final film role)


  1. ^ a b Profile,; accessed February 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hilton, Pat (June 19, 1983). "DeWinter wants it all". The Spokesman-Review. Tribune Company Syndicate. p. 11. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jo De Winter". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Campbell, Genie (February 16, 1973). "'Cuckoo' star never bored when acting". The Wheeling Herald. Illinois, Wheeling. p. 13. Retrieved May 14, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Terry, Clifford (July 9, 1989). "Revolutionary radio". Chicago Tribune. Illinois, Chicago. p. Page 8, Section 13. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 

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