Joan Tetzel

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Joan Tetzel
Joan Tetzel circa 1940s.JPG
Tetzel circa 1940s.
Born Joan Margaret Tetzel
(1921-06-21)June 21, 1921
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 31, 1977(1977-10-31) (aged 56)
Fairwarp, Sussex, England, UK
Cause of death cancer
Resting place Christ Church Churchyard, Fairwarp
Occupation Stage, film, television actress
Years active 1946-1976
Spouse(s) John E. Mosman (1940-1947) (divorced)
Oskar Homolka (1949-1977) (her death)

Joan Margaret Tetzel (June 21, 1921 – October 31, 1977) was an American actress.

Early years[edit]

Tetzel was born in New York City and grew up in the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx.[1] Her father, an illustrator, was Austrian, and her mother was Scottish-Canadian.[2]

Radio career[edit]

Tetzel played in When a Girl Marries and Woman of Courage, both on CBS.[3]

Film career[edit]

Tetzel is noted for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947), where she played "Judy Flaquer", the daughter of the solicitor played by Charles Coburn in the film. In the movie, she is the confidante and best friend of the wife (Ann Todd) of defense lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck), and is able to objectively see how Keane is ruining his marriage because of his infatuation with Mrs. Paradine (Alida Valli).

Her other film appearances included Duel in the Sun (1946), The File on Thelma Jordon (1950), Hell Below Zero (1954) and Joy in the Morning (1965).

TV career[edit]

Tetzel with Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the Climax! presentation of "Strange Death at Burnleigh", 1957

She worked with Alfred Hitchcock in his TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She played "Eve Ross" in the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Guest for Breakfast". In 1963, she appeared as Marian Stuart, wife of the title character, in Perry Mason's, "The Case of the Decadent Dean." She also made appearances on Thriller ("An Attractive Family" and "The Devil's Ticket") and Gunsmoke.

Theater career[edit]

Aside from her movie career, Tetzel was a well-known stage actress. She appeared in the 1940 revival of Liliom, the original stage production of I Remember Mama, and portrayed Nurse Ratched in the stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway. As a noted stage actress, her photo appeared on the front cover of Life Magazine on February 16, 1948.[4]

Tetzel's other Broadway credits include The Winner (1953), Red Gloves (1948), Strange Bedfellows (1947), Pretty Little Parlor (1943), Peepshow (1943), Harriet (1942), The Damask Cheek (1942), and The Happy Days (1940).[5]


Her first husband was radio producer John E. Mosman.[1] Her second husband was Oscar Homolka (1898–1978), whom she married in 1949.


Tetzel died October 31, 1977, at her home Beri-Be-Dahn, Fairwarp, Sussex, England, aged 56, from cancer and pneumonia.[6]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Joan Tetzel of Jackson Heights Plays in 'Harriet'". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. June 20, 1943. p. 28. Retrieved April 28, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Boasts Record at 17". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. January 27, 1939. p. 18. Retrieved April 28, 2017 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Say Hello to ..." (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. 14 (5): 48. September 1940. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "(front cover)". Life. February 16, 1948. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "("Joan Tetzel" search results)". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. (2 volume set). McFarland. p. 739. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 29 April 2017. 

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