Joan Marsh

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Joan Marsh
Joan Marsh.jpg
Born Nancy Ann Rosher
(1913-07-10)July 10, 1913
Porterville, California, U.S.
Died August 10, 2000(2000-08-10) (aged 87)
Ojai, California, U.S.
Other names Dorothy D. Rosher
Occupation Actress
Years active 1915–1944
Spouse(s) Charles S. Belden (19??-1943; divorced)
John D. W. Morrill (1943-19??)

Joan Marsh (July 10, 1913 – August 10, 2000) was an American child film actress before becoming an adult thespian.

Early years[edit]

Marsh, born Nancy Ann Rosher, and briefly known as Dorothy D. Rosher, was the daughter of Charles Rosher, an award-winning cinematographer, and Lolita Rosher; the Roshers later divorced.[1]


Marsh made her first film appearances as an infant in 1915.[2] She appeared in the short film The Mad Maid of the Forest (1915) and also the Universal Pictures film Hearts Aflame (1915), billed as Dorothy Rosher. In 1918, she appeared in the Paramount Pictures production Woman's Weapons.[3] After a number of baby roles, Marsh became a child star in Mary Pickford films such as Daddy-Long-Legs (1919) and Pollyanna (1920).[2]

She made her last film appearance as a child in 1921, and returned to films with a role in King of Jazz (1930), in which she sang with Bing Crosby. She played W. C. Fields's daughter in You're Telling Me! (1934). She continued in small roles until the early 1940s.[2] In 1936, she sang on the Flying Red Horse Tavern on CBS radio.[4] During production of Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937), Marsh met and later married writer Charles Belden, who had co-written the film's screenplay. The marriage ended in divorce in 1943 -- first in Los Angeles, California, on August 26, 1943, followed by a second divorce October 23, 1943, "so she won't have to wait a year before remarrying."[5] The following year Marsh made her final film appearance in Follow the Leader (1944).[2]

Later years/death[edit]

She later managed a stationery shop, and died in Ojai, California in 2000, aged 87.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Joan Marsh Father Freed From Paying". The Bakersfield Californian. California, Bakersfield. August 4, 1938. p. 18. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b c d e Katz, Ephraim and Nolen, Ronald. The Film Encyclopedia, pp. 1166-67 (HarperCollins 2013)
  3. ^ "Woman's Weapons". The Wichita Daily Eagle. Kansas, Wichita. November 24, 1918. p. 26. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, pg. 234. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4.
  5. ^ "Actress Joan Marsh To Marry Captain". Long Beach Independent. California, Long Beach. International News Service. October 22, 1943. p. 5. Retrieved June 30, 2016 – via  open access publication – free to read

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