Joan Hotchkis

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Joan Hotchkis
Hotchkis in trailer for the film Breezy (1973)
Joan Hotchkis

(1927-09-21) September 21, 1927 (age 91)
OccupationActor, writer, performance artist
Years active1950s -1997

Joan Hotchkis (born September 21, 1927) is an American stage, screen and television actress, writer and performance artist.


Hotchkis (far left), in a scene from The Odd Couple. Also pictured (left to right): Fred Beir as Nancy's brother, Ray, Jack Klugman as Oscar Madison, and Janis Hansen (as Gloria, Felix's ex-wife).

Hotchkis played Dr. Nancy Cunningham, sometime girlfriend of Oscar Madison on the television version of The Odd Couple. She also played Ellen, the wife, in the Emmy-winning series My World and Welcome to It. She also made guest appearances on Bewitched and Lou Grant.

Tearsheets Productions[edit]

She worked as a part-time paraprofessional in aggression training at the Institute of Group Psychotherapy before founding the Santa Monica-based Tearsheets Productions.[1] Hotchkis has written and performed two solo performance pieces to date.[2] The first, Tearsheets: Rude Tales from the Ranch,[3][4] toured the United States in the early 1990s [5][6] and went abroad to the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe,[7] where it was the only U.S. production to win a Fringe First Award.[8] Her second solo work was Elements of Flesh: Or Screwing Saved My Ass (1996), about aging and sexuality.[9][10][11] Hotchkis co-wrote with Eric Morris the acting manual "No Acting Please" (1977),[12] which is still used in colleges and conservatories.[13][14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Hotchkis was born Los Angeles, California. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio [16] and the Dramatists Guild.



  1. ^ Tearsheets Productions
  2. ^ Curtis, Cathy (1996-10-18). "Acting Her Age; It Took Joan Hotchkis Years to Come to Terms With the 'Elements' of Her Life--but She Did It". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  3. ^ "'Shadow of a Gunman' Pulls Irish Trick; 'Going On' Gives Glimpse of Backstage; 'Tearsheets' Zeroes in on Family Revelations". The Los Angeles. 1990-11-16. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  4. ^ Churnin, Nancy (1991-10-17). "Women's Family Secrets Go Public in 'Tearsheets'". The Los Angeles. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  5. ^ Staff (1991-06-28). "East Coast Premiere". The Schenectady Daily Gazette. p. C1. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  6. ^ "Main Events". The Austin American-Statesman. 1992-02-08. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  7. ^ Epstein, Robert (1992-07-09). "Letters to the Past: Exploring Relationships of a California Dynasty". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  8. ^ "Odd Couple's Joan Hotchkis in the Flesh in CA". 1997-02-27. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  9. ^ Haithman, Diane (1996-05-09). "Just Wait Until Sen. Jesse Helms Hears This One". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  10. ^ Foley, F. Kathleen (1996-05-10). "'Elements of Flesh' Dares to Be Sensuous". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  11. ^ "Aging and Sexuality Just Might Be Compatible, After All". The Los Angeles Times. 1997-02-12. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  12. ^ Complete results for "No Acting Please" in year 1977. WorldCat. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  13. ^ Elston, Ken (Approved 2012-09-19). George Mason University Course Approval Form. George Mason University College of Visual and Performing Arts; retrieved 2012-12-13 (Scroll to "Professional Perspectives on Performance: Recommended Reading").
  14. ^ Heinlein, Kurt Gerard; Parker, Stacy Parker (2009, 2012). Missouri State Theatre & Dance: BFA in Acting Program Guidelines; retrieved 2012-12-13 (Scroll to "Additional Information and Resources: 13. Publications for the Actor').
  15. ^ St. Clair, Charles (Spring 2011). 'Acting for the Camera' Course Guide. The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University; retrieved 2012-12-13 (Scroll to "Suggested Reading" on page 3).
  16. ^ Garfield, David (1980). "Appendix: Life Members of The Actors Studio as of January 1980". A Player's Place: The Story of The Actors Studio. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 278. ISBN 0-02-542650-8.

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