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|Joan Wheeler Ankrum|
|Born||Joan Natalia Wheeler
January 8, 1913
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Died||December 20, 2001
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, art gallery owner|
|Spouse(s)||Morris Ankrum (1935–1964; his death)
William Challee (1984–1989; his death)
Joan Wheeler Ankrum (January 8, 1913 Palo Alto, California – December 20, 2001 Los Angeles, California) was an American film actress of the 1930s and founder of the Ankrum Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles. She was the wife of actor Morris Ankrum.
Early life and career
Ankrum was born Joan Natalia Wheeler on January 8, 1913 in Palo Alto, California to Raymond Bert (1888–1980) and Margaret Lucille (Ozier) Wheeler (1888–1956), who had met and eloped while attending Stanford University. Ankrum was one of four siblings. She had one older sister and two younger brothers.
She got her start in acting with Pasadena Playhouse, where she met her husband Morris. They were married on August 16, 1935 in Benbow, California, and had 2 sons, David and Cary. David Ankrum, best known as Adam from Tabitha. David Ankrum eventually became a Hollywood agent.
Ankrum Gallery  was located on La Cienega Boulevard right next to the Mekler Gallery, owned by Adam Mekler. Ankrum Gallery handled the artwork of prominate and rising California artists Morris Gaylord Broderson, Helen Lundeberg, Richard Bauer, Melvin Schuler, Barbara Barrett, Hans Burkhard, Lorser Fitelson and many more. One of her biggest patrons was, Joseph H. Hirshhorn and Olga Hirshhorn of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
- Growing Pains (1933) as Prudence
- Strangers at Home (1934) as Jean Crosby
- Western Waters (1937) as Penelope
- Madame Du Barry as Florette, Young Girl at Dear Park
- Desirable as Barbara, 'Babs'
- The Merry Frinks as Lucille Frink... aka Happy Family (UK)
- Smarty as Mrs. Bonnie Durham... aka Hit Me Again (UK)
- Twenty Million Sweethearts as Marge, the Receptionist
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She later founded the Ankrum Gallery, an art gallery for Morris Ankrum's deaf nephew, Morris Broderson. She was also married to actor William Challee later in life, in 1984. She lived out most of her later life in the Los Angeles, California area where she died on December 20, 2001.