Joan Taylor

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Joan Taylor
Born Rose Marie Emma
(1929-08-18)August 18, 1929
Geneva, Illinois, U.S.
Died March 4, 2012(2012-03-04) (aged 82)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Resting place Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica
Other names Rose Freeman
Occupation Actress and screenwriter
Years active 1949–1989
Spouse(s) Leonard Freeman
(m. 1953-1974; his death) (3 children)
Walter Grauman
(m. 1976-1980; divorced)

Joan Taylor (August 18, 1929 – March 4, 2012) was an American television and film actress.

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was born Rose Marie Emma in Geneva, Illinois. Her father, Joseph Emma, from Sicily, was a prop man in Hollywood in the 1920s. After his daughter's birth he became the manager of the Deerpath movie theatre in Lake Forest, Illinois, where Joan was brought up [1] and a Hollywood prop man. Her mother Amelia Berky, was from Austria, and was a vaudeville singing-dancing star in the 1920s. [2]

Taylor married Leonard Freeman, later the creator of Hawaii Five-O, in 1953. The couple had three daughters. After her contract for The Rifleman ran out, she retired from acting to raise her children.[3]

When Freeman died in January 1974, following heart surgery, Taylor began managing Leonard Freeman Productions and the business of Hawaii Five-O under the name Rose Freeman.[4] She attended at least one Hawaii Five-O convention to talk to fans.[5]

With her children older, she found herself writing, including co-author credit for the comedy Fools Rush In starring Matthew Perry and Salma Hayek.[6] She remarried, to television producer-director Walter Grauman in 1976; the couple divorced in 1980.[7]


Taylor's career began at the Pasadena Playhouse. She met Freeman there when both were involved with putting on Here Comes Mr. Jordan.[8] In the early 1950s, she was chosen by Paramount Pictures as a member of the studio's "Golden Circle", described as a "group consisting of a dozen unusually talented young actors for whom Paramount held high hopes." Her first film was Fighting Man of the Plains, starring Randolph Scott.[9] Her producer had also insured the 19-year-old's legs for $100,000 against injury.[9]

Her television career consisted of guest appearances on popular shows, in only one or two episodes. However, she had a successful recurring role in eighteen episodes of The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors from 1960-1962.


Taylor died of natural causes March 4, 2012, in Santa Monica, California.[10]

She was survived by three daughters, two brothers and six grandchildren.[8]



Feature films[edit]


  1. ^ "Joan Taylor - 20 Million Miles of Memories". Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  2. ^ "The Private Life and Times of Joan Taylor". Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  3. ^ Morrison, Pat (December 25, 1960), "Joan Taylor Brings Romantic Interest to 'The Rifleman' Series", The Modesto Bee 
  4. ^ "Rose Freeman dies at 82". Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  5. ^ "The Hawaii Five-O FAQ". Retrieved 2017-07-06. 
  6. ^ "Actress Joan Taylor Dies at 82",, 2012, retrieved 2012-03-07 
  7. ^ Lentz, Harris M. (2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland. p. 285. ISBN 9780786470631. 
  8. ^ a b "Rose Freeman dies at 82". Variety. March 6, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Ambition and Determination Key To Success of Joan Taylor". The Titusville Herald. November 5, 1960. p. 7. Retrieved May 14, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Barnes, Mike (March 6, 2012). "Actress Joan Taylor Dies at 82". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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