Pettet in 1976.
Joanna Jane Salmon
16 November 1942
(m. 1968; div. 1989)
Joanna Pettet (born 16 November 1942) is an English actress, retired since 1990.
Her parents, Harold Nigel Edgerton Salmon, a British Royal Air Force pilot killed in the Second World War, and Cecily J. Tremaine, were married in Chelsea, London in 1940. After the war, her mother remarried and settled in Montréal, where young Joanna was adopted by her stepfather and assumed his surname of "Pettet".
She studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, as well as at the Lincoln Center, and got her start on the Broadway in such plays as Take Her, She's Mine, The Chinese Prime Minister, and Poor Richard, with Alan Bates and Gene Hackman, before she was discovered by director Sidney Lumet for his film adaptation in 1966 of Mary McCarthy's novel The Group. The success of that film launched a film career that included roles in The Night of the Generals (1967), as Mata Bond in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), Peter Yates's Robbery (1967) with Stanley Baker, Blue (1968) with Terence Stamp, and the Victorian period comedy The Best House in London (1969).
In 1968, Pettet married the American actor Alex Cord and gave birth to a son 3 and 1/2 months later. The boy, Damien Zach was given the last name "Cord", however, his biological father was British actor Terence Stamp. She and Cord were divorced in 1989 after 21 years of marriage. She has not remarried.
In the 1970s her feature film appearances became sporadic and included roles in the cult horror films Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) and The Evil (1978). Pettet re-emerged as the star of over a dozen made-for-television movies, including The Weekend Nun (1972), Footsteps (1972), Pioneer Woman (1973), A Cry in the Wilderness (1974), The Desperate Miles (1975), The Hancocks (1976), Sex and the Married Woman (1977), Cry of the Innocent (1980) with Rod Taylor, and The Return of Frank Cannon (1980).
She starred in the NBC miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976), guest-starred four times on the classic Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, starred in the episode "You're Not Alone" from the 1977 NBC anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale), was a guest on both Fantasy Island and The Love Boat (appearing three times on each series), and had a recurring role on Knots Landing in 1983 as Janet Baines, an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of singer Ciji Dunne (played by Lisa Hartman).
Pettet also made appearances on the television series Banacek, McCloud, Mannix, Police Woman, Knight Rider and Murder, She Wrote. In 1984, she appeared as herself in a James Bond tribute episode of The Fall Guy alongside ex-Bond girls Britt Ekland and Lana Wood.
She starred with Jane Alexander and Franco Nero in the 1987 movie Sweet Country, and her last acting appearance to date was in a "bad action film" called Terror in Paradise in 1990 that was produced by Philippine filmmaker Cirio Santiago and distributed by Roger Corman's New Horizons company. During filming in the Philippines, she was held hostage by rebels, led by Gregorio Honasan, attempting to overthrow Corazon Aquino, and managed to escape the hotel where she was being held before fleeing the country. By then, she had lost her enthusiasm for acting and decided it was time to bow out from the entertainment industry.
The grief over the death on 7 July 1995 of Damien Zach, her only son, at age 26, caused Pettet to retreat from Hollywood. For a time, she lived in a remote area in California until she moved to London. She was a lifelong friend of actor Alan Bates, her co-star in the 1964 Broadway play Poor Richard. After the wife of the semi-closeted Bates died in 1992, he and Pettet lived as companions, dividing their time between New York and London until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2003.
Joanna lives outside Los Angeles. She is devoted to animals and animal causes.
|1966||The Group||Kay Strong Peterson|
|1967||The Night of the Generals||Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler|
|1967||Casino Royale||Mata Bond|
|1969||The Best House in London||Josephine Pacefoot|
|1974||Welcome to Arrow Beach||Grace Henry|
|1978||The Evil||Dr. Caroline Arnold|
|1982||Double Exposure||Mindy Jordache|
|1990||Terror in Paradise||Dr. Fletcher|
|1964||Route 66||Millie Wilkins||"Child of a Night"|
|1965||The Doctors||Judy Lloyd||"1.481"|
|1965||The Nurses||Carol Lloyd||"A Dangerous Silence"|
|1965||The Trials of O'Brien||Liz Martin||"Picture Me a Murder"|
|1966||The Fugitive||Tina Anderson||"Shadow of a Swan"|
|1966||A Man Called Shenandoah||Julia Riley||"The Riley Brand"|
|1966||Dr. Kildare||Yvonne Barlow||Guest role (season 5)|
|1967||Three for Danger||Serena||TV film|
|1970||Night Gallery||Elaine Latimer||"The House"|
|1971||Night Gallery||Claire Foster||"Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something"|
|1971||Mannix||Cindy Warren||"A Button for General D."|
|1972||The Delphie Bureau||April Thompson||"Pilot"|
|1972||Miss Stewart, Sir||Kate Stewart||TV film|
|1972||Banacek||Christine Verdon||"Project Phoenix"|
|1972||Footsteps||Sarah Allison||TV film|
|1972||The Weekend Nun||Sister Mary Damian / Marjorie Walker||TV film|
|1972||Night Gallery||Rhona Warwick / The Girl with the Hungry Eyes||"The Caterpillar", "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"|
|1973||McCloud||Melissa Thompson||"The Solid Gold Swingers"|
|1973||Pioneer Woman||Maggie Sergeant||TV film|
|1974||Medical Center||Molly||"Girl from Bedlam"|
|1974||A Cry in the Wilderness||Delda Hadley||TV film|
|1974||Police Story||Adria||"Glamour Boy"|
|1974–75||Thriller||Sylvia Dee / Jody Baxter||"A Killer in Every Corner", "A Midsummer Nightmare"|
|1974–75||Harry O||Glenna Nielson / Breda Beach||"Forty Reasons to Kill: Parts 1 & 2", "Group Terror"|
|1975||The Desperate Miles||Ruth Merrick||TV film|
|1975||Police Woman||Glenna Burns / Beth Lord||"Silence"|
|1976||The Dark Side of Innocence||Jesse Breton||TV film|
|1976||Captains and the Kings||Katherine Hennessey||TV miniseries|
|1977||Tales of the Unexpected||Julie Thomas||"You're Not Alone"|
|1977||Sex and the Married Woman||Leslie Fitch||TV film|
|1979||Heaven Only Knows||Lynn Harpster||TV film|
|1979–1982||The Love Boat||Carol Hanson / Angelina Blenderman / Lenore Pitchford||3 episodes|
|1980||Charlie's Angels||Barbara Brown||"Nips and Tucks"|
|1980||Cry of the Innocent||Cynthia Donegin / Candia Leighton||TV film|
|1980||The Return of Frank Cannon||Alana Richardson||TV film|
|1980–1983||Fantasy Island||Nona Lauren / Celeste Vallon / Vanessa Walgren||3 episodes|
|1981||Aloha Paradise||Fiona||2 episodes|
|1981||Tales of the Unexpected||Betsy||"A Glowing Future"|
|1982||The Littlest Hobo||Cynthia Masters||"Forget Me Not"|
|1982||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Meg Palmer||"Christmas Song"|
|1983||Knots Landing||Det. Janet Baines||Recurring role|
|1984||The Yellow Rose||Lane Roberts||"Running Free"|
|1984||Knight Rider||Joanna St. John||"Mouth of the Snake"|
|1984||Finder of Lost Loves||Claire Hardy||"Undying Love"|
|1984–85||Hotel||Lauren Chapman / Sally Banks||"Reflections", "Lost and Found"|
|1987||Murder, She Wrote||Virginia McCormack||"The Way to Dusty Death"|
|1989||ABC Afterschool Special||Carolyn Adams||"Just Tipsy, Honey"|
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