Birthdate: Wednesday, March 23rd, 1904 (this date is disputed, with a more reasonable birth year being 1905 or 1906, according to some records. Her gravestone says 1908, but this is no doubt Hollywood glitter.)
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Died: Tuesday, May 10th, 1977
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Cause of death: Pancreatic cancer and heart failure
Best known for: Oscar-winning actress who dominated Hollywood from the 1930s and for most of her life. Her most acclaimed films included Strange Cargo (1940), Mildred Pierce (1945, for which she won an Oscar), The Damned Don't Cry (1950) and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962). She was nominated for a further two Oscars - for 1947's Possessed (losing out to Loretta Young) and for 1952's Sudden Fear (losing to Shirley Booth). She did not attend the 1946 Academy Awards ceremony, feigning illness, but listened to it on the radio, and when she won, she beckoned journalists into her rooms to accept the award!
|Joan as Joan Borman Kane in The|
Secret Storm in 1968 (left), and her
24-year-old daughter Christina as the
same character. Was mommy dearest a
|Joan in her last acting role, in The|
Sixth Sense, September 1972, when
she was aged 68.
|A still from footage of Joan at|
her final public appearance in
|Joan's last photo session, dated September 1976,|
when she was in her early 70s, pictured
with her beloved dog Princess Lotus Blossom.
Photo by John Engstead.