March 5, 1926|
Forest Hills, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 22, 1987
Hollywood, California, U.S.
|Other names||Joan Fulton|
A tall woman (5'9"), she was known for small parts in Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder films. She is probably best remembered for her role as "Sweet Sue" in Some Like It Hot (1959) starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, as well as Lemmon. She appeared as "Sylvia" in The Apartment (1960), and as "Amazon Annie" in Irma la Douce, both of which starred Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. She had a recurring role on TV in The Dick Van Dyke Show as "Pickles Sorrell", She played the lead in The Adventures of Aggie (1956–57), which only ran for one season, and was a regular on Betty Hutton's short-lived series Goldie, and on the 1976-77 crime drama The Feather and Father Gang. She appeared in Billy Wilder's final film Buddy Buddy (1981) starring Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Her final acting appearance was in an episode of Crazy Like a Fox in 1985.
As reported in her obituary in the L.A. Times, she died of cancer, in Hollywood, California, on March 22, 1987, aged 61.
Selected filmography and television
- Inside Job (1946)
- Lover Come Back (1946)
- Buck Privates Come Home (1947)
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1953)
- From Here to Eternity (1953)
- Pride of the Blue Grass (1954)
- A Star Is Born (1954)
- The Adventures of Aggie (1956)
- Some Like It Hot (1959)
- The Apartment (1960)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1963)
- Irma la Douce (1963)
- Critic's Choice (1963)
- Tony Rome (1967)
- The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
- Live A Little Love A Little (1968)
- Willard (1971)
- Columbo (1971; season 1 episode "Suitable for Framing")
- The Feather and Father Gang (1976-1977)
- Buddy Buddy (1981)
- Joan Shawlee's date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed February 14, 2016.
- "Actress Joan Shawlee Dies of Cancer at 58 [sic]". The Associated Press. March 31, 1987.
Miss Shawlee, who also had acted under the name of Joan Fulton ... changed her professional name after her marriage to businessman Walter Shawlee.
- Heffernan, Harold. "12 New Film Beauties Selected For Musical", Toledo Blade, November 9, 1950.
- The Adventures of Aggie, imdb.com; accessed February 14, 2016.
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