June 19, 1931
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||June 28, 1992
|Other names||Jean Arless
Joan Marshall Ashby
Joan Marshall Bartfield
|Spouse(s)||Hal Ashby (m. 1969–88)
Mel Bartfield (m. 1990–92)
Joan Marshall (June 19, 1931 – June 28, 1992) was an American film and television actress.
Early life and career
She was born Joan Schrepfermann in Chicago, where she was also raised. She began her career as a showgirl in Chicago clubs. After appearing as a dancer in the film The Chicago Kid (1945) and in a part in the television series Have Gun – Will Travel (1958), she moved to California around 1959. In 1959 she reprised the Lauren Bacall role of Sailor Duval in the short-lived television series Bold Venture. During the 1960s, Marshall frequently guest-starred on various television series, including Tales of Wells Fargo, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, and The Jack Benny Program. She also appeared in the films Homicidal (using the stage name "Jean Arless") and Tammy and the Doctor opposite Sandra Dee and Peter Fonda.
Marshall also appeared in the 15-minute unaired pilot of The Munsters as Phoebe Munster (who strongly resembled Morticia Addams). Before the series was picked up, The Munsters was retooled and Marshall was replaced by actress Yvonne De Carlo. Marshall continued guest-starring in episodic television throughout the 1960s before her last role in the 1975 film Shampoo with Warren Beatty.
Personal life and death
Marshall was married three times and had two children, Steven and Sheri. Sheri was the daughter of Norman Kaye of the world-renowned Mary Kaye Trio. Sheri's relationship with her biological father was strained; he and Marshall had parted ways prior to Sheri's birth. He met with her briefly when she was nine, with Joan's approval, for a short trip to Disneyland, and introduced her to his new wife, 1963 Miss Nevada Cheryl Thompson. Many years after, they met a few times more. Sheri currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joan married director Hal Ashby in August 1969; the couple remained together until Ashby died in 1988. Two years later she married executive Mel Bartfield. The couple relocated to Jamaica, where they remained until Marshall died in 1992 after contracting AIDS.
|1945||The Chicago Kid||Dancer|
|1958||Live Fast, Die Young||Judy Tobin|
|1961||Homicidal||Emily/Warren||Credited as Jean Arless|
|1963||Tammy and the Doctor||Vera Parker, Nurse|
|1964||Looking for Love||Miss Devine|
|1967||The Happiest Millionaire||Maid||Uncredited|
|1968||The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit||Mimsey|
|1969||The Great Sex War||Alternative title: Make Love Not War|
|1957||Alcoa Theatre||Rita Benson||Episode: "Souvenir"|
|1958||Have Gun - Will Travel||Molly||Episode: "Birds of a Feather"|
|1958||Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||Lisa Greer||Episode: "Play Belles' Toll"|
|1958||The Millionaire||Helen Rawlings||Episode: "The Jack Garrison Story"|
|1958||Tombstone Territory||Laura Coleman||Episode: "Fight for a Fugitive"|
|1958||Highway Patrol||Alice Carter||Episode: "Hostage"|
|1958||Bat Masterson||Laura Hopkins||Episode: "Stampede at Tent City"|
|1958||The Rough Riders||Lydia Kimbrough||Episode: "The Governor"|
|1958-1961||Maverick||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1959||Bold Venture||Sailor Duval||43 episodes|
|1960||M Squad||Karen Tinsley||Episode: "Needle in a Haystack"|
|1960||Men into Space||Lorrie Sigmund||Episode: "Flash in the Sky"|
|1960||Lawman||Lady Belle Smythe||Episode: "The Lady Belle"|
|1960||Bourbon Street Beat||Amanda Hale||Episode: "Last Exit"|
|1960||Hennesey||Consuelo Maddox||Episode: "The Marriage of Dr. Blair"|
|1960-1961||Dante||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1960-1961||Bronco||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1960-1962||Surfside 6||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1960-1962||77 Sunset Strip||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1960-1963||Hawaiian Eye||Various roles||3 episodes|
|1961||Michael Shayne||Randy Hobbes||Episode: "Murder 'Round My Wrist"|
|1961||Tales of Wells Fargo||Lisa Lindsay||Episode: "The Barefoot Bandit"|
|1961||The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1961||The Roaring 20's||Carla||2 episodes|
|1962||The Twilight Zone||Wilma||Episode: "Dead Man's Shoes"|
|1962||Follow the Sun||Winifred||Episode: "A Ghost in Her Gazebo"|
|1962||Gunsmoke||Emma||Episode: "Wagon Girls"|
|1962||Alcoa Premiere||Rhoda Traynor||Episode: "Guest In the House"|
|1963-1964||The Jack Benny Program||Various roles||2 episodes|
|1964||Petticoat Junction||Lucy Wayne||Episode: "Visit from a Big Star"|
|1964||The Munsters||Phoebe Munster||Unaired pilot|
|1965||The F.B.I.||Elizabeth Gowan||Episode: "The Insolents"|
|1966||Laredo||Miss Ivy Vine||Episode: "Limit of the Law Larkin"|
|1966||Dr. Kildare||Charlene Rossi||2 episodes|
|1967||The Road West||Judith Devery||Episode: "The Predators"|
|1967||Star Trek||Lt. Areel Shaw||Episode: "Court Martial"|
|1967||I Spy||Ellie||Episode: "Casanova from Canarsie"|
|1967||Bonanza||Millie Perkins||Episode: "A Man Without Land"|
- The Internet Movie Database lists 1988 (Ashby's death) as year of divorce. According to Nick Dawson: Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel. University Press of Kentucky 2009, ISBN 0-8131-2538-3, p. 128, the divorce dates back to 1971.
- Joan Schrepfermann according to Entry on Bfi.org.uk, retrieved 2012-12-01, and Douglas Brode: Once Was Enough: Celebrities (And Others) Who Appeared a Single Time on the Screen. Citadel Press, 1996, p. 154. Jean Schrepfermann according to Everett Aaker: Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters: All Regular Cast Members in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959. McFarland, 2006, p. 354.
- "The Life and Times of Joan Marshall". glamourgirlsofthesilverscreen.com. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
- Cox, Stephen; DeCarlo, Yvonne; Patrick, Butch (2006). The Munsters: A Trip Down Mockingbird Lane. Back Stage Books. pp. 35, 36. ISBN 0-8230-7894-9.
- Dawson, Nick (2009). Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 109–110. ISBN 0-8131-2538-3.
- Dixon, Wheeler W. (2003). Straight: Constructions of Heterosexuality In the Cinema. SUNY Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-7914-5624-2.
- Joan Marshall at the Internet Movie Database
- Joan Marshall at Memory Alpha (a Star Trek wiki)
- Joan Marshall at Find a Grave
- Will the Real Jean Arless Please Step Forward? - TCM Movie Morlocks on "Homicidal"