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Birth information

30 August 1906 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

25 December 1979 Santa Monica, California, USA

Given Name

Rose Joan Blondell

How tall is Joan Blondell?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mike Todd
Dick Powell
George Barnes

Life Story of Joan Blondell

With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17. She made her New York debut with the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared in several Broadway productions. She was starring with James Cagney on Broadway in "Penny Arcade" (1929) when Warner Brothers decided to film the play as Sinners' Holiday (1930). Both Cagney and Joan were given the leads, and the film was a success. She would be teamed with Cagney again in The Public Enemy (1931) and Blonde Crazy (1931) among others. In The Office Wife (1930), she stole the scene when she was dressing for work. While Warner Brothers made Cagney a star, Joan never rose to that level. In gangster movies or musicals, her performances were good enough for second leads, but not first lead. In the 1930s, she made a career playing gold-diggers and happy-go-lucky girlfriends. She would be paired with Dick Powell in ten musicals during these years, and they were married for ten...

How much money has Joan Blondell earned?

Sinners' Holiday (1930) $250 /week (three-week shoot)

Publications and Magazines about Joan Blondell

Matthew Kennedy Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes. 2007

What movies did Joan Blondell play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Woman Inside (1981) Aunt Coll, The Glove (1979) Mrs. Fitzgerald, The Rebels (1979) Mrs. Brumple, Fantasy Island (1979) Naomi Gittings, The Champ (1979) Dolly Kenyon, $weepstake$ (1979) Mme. Grimaldi, The Love Boat (1978) Ramona Bevans, Battered (1978) Edna Thompson, Grease (1978) Vi, The Baron (1977) Mama Lou, Opening Night (1977) Sarah Goode, Starsky and Hutch (1976) Mrs. Pruitt, Death at Love House (1976) Marcella Geffenhart, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) Landlady, Switch (1976) Mrs. Lear, Police Story (1975) Doreen, Winner Take All...

Birth information

30 August 1906 New York City, New York, USA

Death information

25 December 1979 Santa Monica, California, USA

Given Name

Rose Joan Blondell

How tall is Joan Blondell?

1.57 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Mike Todd
Dick Powell
George Barnes

Life Story of Joan Blondell

With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17. She made her New York debut with the Ziegfeld Follies and appeared in several Broadway productions. She was starring with James Cagney on Broadway in "Penny Arcade" (1929) when Warner Brothers decided to film the play as Sinners' Holiday (1930). Both Cagney and Joan were given the leads, and the film was a success. She would be teamed with Cagney again in The Public Enemy (1931) and Blonde Crazy (1931) among others. In The Office Wife (1930), she stole the scene when she was dressing for work. While Warner Brothers made Cagney a star, Joan never rose to that level. In gangster movies or musicals, her performances were good enough for second leads, but not first lead. In the 1930s, she made a career playing gold-diggers and happy-go-lucky girlfriends. She would be paired with Dick Powell in ten musicals during these years, and they were married for ten...

How much money has Joan Blondell earned?

Sinners' Holiday (1930) $250 /week (three-week shoot)

Publications and Magazines about Joan Blondell

Matthew Kennedy Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes. 2007

What movies did Joan Blondell play or participate?

Actors Filmography
The Woman Inside (1981) Aunt Coll, The Glove (1979) Mrs. Fitzgerald, The Rebels (1979) Mrs. Brumple, Fantasy Island (1979) Naomi Gittings, The Champ (1979) Dolly Kenyon, $weepstake$ (1979) Mme. Grimaldi, The Love Boat (1978) Ramona Bevans, Battered (1978) Edna Thompson, Grease (1978) Vi, The Baron (1977) Mama Lou, Opening Night (1977) Sarah Goode, Starsky and Hutch (1976) Mrs. Pruitt, Death at Love House (1976) Marcella Geffenhart, Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) Landlady, Switch (1976) Mrs. Lear, Police Story (1975) Doreen, Winner Take All...

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Goodbye Again (1933)

Older sister of actress Gloria Blondell.

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Joan Blondell, Robert Ames, Lilyan Tashman, and Helen Twelvetrees in Millie (1931)

Mother of Norman S. Powell from her marriage to George Barnes. He was adopted by Dick Powell in February 1938. Mother of Ellen Powell from her marriage to Dick Powell.

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Joan Blondell in Die Toten sterben nicht (1975)

Made six movies with James Cagney at Warner Brothers - more than any other individual actress. Cagney said that the only woman he loved other than his wife was Blondell.

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Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, and Madge Evans in The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)

According to the July 24, 1944, issue of Time magazine, Blondell divorced Dick Powell on the grounds of cruelty alleging that "when she objected to the incessant coming and going of guests, Powell crooned: 'If you don't like it, you can get the hell out.'".

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Joan Blondell and Frank Fay in God's Gift to Women (1931)

Attended the Professional Children's School in New York City.

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Joan Blondell, Lilyan Tashman, and Helen Twelvetrees in Millie (1931)

Her marriage to theatrical impresario Mike Todd was an emotional and financial disaster. Todd was a heavy spender who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars gambling (high-stakes bridge was one of his weaknesses) and went through a controversial bankruptcy during their marriage. While continuing to live the high-life on a huge estate in New York's Westchester County, the irresponsible Todd ran through Blondell's savings.

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Joan Blondell, Eddie Acuff, Warren Hull, and Allen Jenkins in Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)

She playfully called her friend Bette Davis's four ex-husbands "The Four Skins" since they were all gentiles.

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Joan Blondell in I've Got Your Number (1934)

June Allyson was the stepmother of her daughter Ellen Powell after Allyson married Blondell's ex-husband Dick Powell.

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Joan Blondell and Pat O'Brien in I've Got Your Number (1934)

Profiled in "Killer Tomatoes: Fifteen Tough Film Dames" by Ray Hagen and Laura Wagner (McFarland, 2004).

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Joan Blondell and Pat O'Brien in I've Got Your Number (1934)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6311 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Joan Blondell in I've Got Your Number (1934)

Following her death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

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Joan Blondell in I've Got Your Number (1934)

Her daughter Ellen Powell had a long battle with cocaine that she overcame in 1984.

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Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell in Kansas City Princess (1934)

Had three grandchildren: Joan Ellen Powell, Scott Powell and Stephanie Powell.

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Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell in Broadway-Show (1934)

Her grandson Scott Powell has a stepson, David, and two grandchildren, Zander and Dakota.

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Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell in Broadway-Show (1934)

Her granddaughter Stephanie Powell is married to Sean Murphy, owner of a surf travel company.

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Joan Blondell and Fernand Gravey in The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

In 1927, while closing the library she worked at, she was raped by a police officer. He told her he would kill her if she told anyone. She kept her silence for decades, until finally telling her grown daughter. She went public with this in her memoirs.

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Joan Blondell and Fernand Gravey in The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Her son Norman Scott was named after Claudette Colbert's first husband, actor-director Norman Foster.

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Joan Blondell and Fernand Gravey in The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Her son Norman Scott was born in the breech position, with the cord wrapped around his neck. Her labor was complicated, because of a fractured coccyx, and lasted twenty hours.

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Joan Blondell and Fernand Gravey in The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)

Like her second husband Dick Powell and acquaintance June Allyson, she was a lifelong staunch supporter of the Republican party.

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Joan Blondell and Glenda Farrell in Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Became pregnant by 1st husband George Barnes out of wedlock in the summer of 1932 and then again in the summer of 1933. On both occasions she had abortions.

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Joan Blondell and Ruth Donnelly in Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Wrote a novel, Center Door Fancy, which was a very thinly disguised autobiography in which she portrayed her ex-husbands. Dick Powell was represented as being very stingy.

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Joan Blondell and Hugh Herbert in Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Is portrayed by Kathy Bates in Feud: Bette and Joan (2017).

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Joan Blondell and William Gargan in Traveling Saleslady (1935)

Daughter of Edward (1865-1943), born in the state of Indiana, and Katherine (née Cain) Blondell (1884-1952), born in the state of New York.

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

She has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: The Public Enemy (1931), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957).

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Joan Blondell, Claire Dodd, and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

WAMPAS Baby Star in 1931.

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

In December 2019, she was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.

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Joan Blondell in Smarty (1934)

Appeared in eight films with Glenda Farrell -- Three on a Match (1932), Havana Widows (1933), I've Got Your Number (1934), Kansas City Princess (1934), The Traveling Saleslady (1935), We're in the Money (1935), Miss Pacific Fleet (1935), and Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936).

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Joan Blondell and Edward Everett Horton in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell and Edward Everett Horton in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell and Claire Dodd in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell, Edward Everett Horton, Claire Dodd, Frank McHugh, etc.

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell and Warren William in Smarty (1934)

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Joan Blondell and Tim McIntire in Wagon Train (1957)

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Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, and Bobby Jordan in Off the Record (1939)

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Joan Blondell, Jack Elam, and James Garner in Latigo (1971)

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Joan Blondell and Pat O'Brien in Back in Circulation (1937)

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Joan Blondell in Back in Circulation (1937)

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Joan Blondell in Back in Circulation (1937)

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Joan Blondell in Back in Circulation (1937)

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