Joan Perry

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Joan Perry
Joan Perry.jpg
circa 1939
Born Elizabeth Rosiland Miller
(1911-07-07)July 7, 1911
Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Died September 16, 1996(1996-09-16) (aged 85)
Montecito, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1935–1941
Spouse(s) Harry Cohn
(m. 1941; his death 1958)

Harry Karl
(1959; divorced)
Laurence Harvey
(m. 1968; div. 1972)
Children 4[1]

Joan Perry (July 7, 1911 – September 16, 1996), born Elizabeth Rosiland Miller,[1] was an American film actress, model, and singer.

Life and career[edit]

Perry was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of Fred A. and Laura Ophelia (née Satterwhite) Miller. In the early 1930s, Perry worked as a model in New York City. In 1935, she went to Hollywood, was signed under contract to Columbia Pictures and during her time there co-starred opposite such actors as Ronald Reagan, Ralph Bellamy, Lew Ayres, and Melvyn Douglas.

Following her leave from Columbia in the early 1940s, she went to Warner Bros., where she starred in an array of films; they included International Squadron (1941) and Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941).

She was married three times: first to Harry Cohn from 1941 until his death in 1958, followed by Harry Karl, and Laurence Harvey. She had a home in Palm Springs, California.[2]


Joan Perry died from emphysema in September 1996 at age 85 in Montecito, California.[1] She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California, under her married name of Joan Cohn.[3]



  1. ^ a b c "Joan Perry; Movie actress, widow of Harry Cohn". Los Angeles Times. September 19, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Wallace, David (2008). A City Comes Out. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade. p. 97. ISBN 978-1569803493. LCCN 2008022210. OCLC 209646547. 
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