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April 13, 1933
Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Merrill Harrington (1984-present)|
Joyce Meadows (born April 13, 1933) is a Canadian-born television and film actress.
Born Joyce Burger in the village of Arrowwood, Alberta, Canada, she was raised in early childhood on a farm near her birthplace. As a child she acted on the "stage" of her family's back porch. Her family moved to Montana, where she attended her first motion picture at the age of eight. She moved to Los Angeles, California, while she was still a teenager.
She was active in theatre arts in high school and performed the part of Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Little Eaglet Theatre in Sacramento, California. Meadows was a student of Jeff Corey, procured a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse, and thereafter studied with Mira Rostova and Stella Adler in New York City. In 1953, she won the title of Miss Sacramento. She later went to Hollywood and changed her name to Joyce Meadows.
Meadows's early television roles were in the middle 1950s in such series as Wanted: Dead or Alive, Whirlybirds, Highway Patrol, General Electric Theater, The Millionaire, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, and Harbor Command. She also appeared in films, including the 1957 science fiction thriller about a bizarre nuclear scientist, The Brain from Planet Arous, with John Agar and Robert Fuller.
From 1960 to 1961, she co-starred as Stacy in the syndicated western series Two Faces West. She later guest starred on The Asphalt Jungle, Bachelor Father, Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Sea Hunt, The Aquanauts, Bringing Up Buddy, and Slattery's People . She also made three appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murder victim Sylvia Welles in the 1959 episode, "The Case of the Golden Fraud." In 1965, she portrayed Isobel Moon in the film Zebra in the Kitchen, starring Jay North. After appearing in The Christine Jorgensen Story in 1970, Meadows took a break from acting. She returned in 1987 with a guest role on Punky Brewster sitcom. During the first half of the 1990s, she guest starred on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
In 2009, Meadows appeared in the film short A Golightly Gathering.