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Birth information

27 February 1910 Palisades, New Jersey, USA

Death information

7 December 1990 Scarsdale, New York, USA

Given Name

Joan Geraldine Bennett

Nickname

Joanie

How tall is Joan Bennett?

1.61 m

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

David Wilde
Walter Wanger
Gene Markey
John Marion Fox

Life Story of Joan Bennett

Eighteen-year-old Joan Bennett had intended to avoid the Bennett tradition of acting but, divorced and with a child to support, had little choice; she accepted a role in her father's play "Jarnegan", then her first leading film role in Bulldog Drummond (1929). Her popularity growing, she made 14 films under a Fox contract, mostly as vapid blonde ingénues; the best of these, Me and My Gal (1932), as a wisecracking waitress. Leaving Fox to appear in Little Women (1933), she then signed a personal contract with independent producer Walter Wanger, who managed her career from then on. When Wanger and director Tay Garnett made her a brunette for Trade Winds (1938), the seemingly trivial change drastically altered her screen image from insipid ingénue to smoldering temptress. Dark-haired for the rest of her career, she made her finest films in the 1940s with director Fritz Lang: Man Hunt (1941), The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945), becoming the queen of film-noir femme fatales. In December 1951, Wanger (by then her husband of 11 years) shot her agent in a jealous rage; the resulting scandal virtually ended Joan's film career. Aside from TV-movies, she made six...

Significant features of Joan Bennett

Often played untrustworthy but sexy femme fatales

How much money has Joan Bennett earned?

Dark Shadows (1966) $333 per episode

Publications and Magazines about Joan Bennett

Brian Kellow The Bennetts: An Acting Family. 2004
Joan Bennett, Lois Kibbee The Bennett Playbill. 1970
James Robert Parish, Don E. Stanke The Glamour Girls. 1975

What movies did Joan Bennett play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982) Adele Burgess, This House Possessed (1981) Rag Lady, Suddenly, Love (1978) Mrs. Graham, Suspiria (1977) Madame Blanc, Police Surgeon (1972) Cortessa, The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972) Aunt Alexandria Sand, Gidget Gets Married (1972) Claire Ramsey, Dark Shadows (1971) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Opening Voiceover / Judith Collins / ..., Love, American Style (1971) Edith, The Governor & J.J. (1970) Joan Darlene Delaney, House of Dark Shadows (1970) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Burke's Law (1965) Denise Mitchell, Mr. Broadway (1964)...

Birth information

27 February 1910 Palisades, New Jersey, USA

Death information

7 December 1990 Scarsdale, New York, USA

Given Name

Joan Geraldine Bennett

Nickname

Joanie

How tall is Joan Bennett?

1.61 m

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

David Wilde
Walter Wanger
Gene Markey
John Marion Fox

Life Story of Joan Bennett

Eighteen-year-old Joan Bennett had intended to avoid the Bennett tradition of acting but, divorced and with a child to support, had little choice; she accepted a role in her father's play "Jarnegan", then her first leading film role in Bulldog Drummond (1929). Her popularity growing, she made 14 films under a Fox contract, mostly as vapid blonde ingénues; the best of these, Me and My Gal (1932), as a wisecracking waitress. Leaving Fox to appear in Little Women (1933), she then signed a personal contract with independent producer Walter Wanger, who managed her career from then on. When Wanger and director Tay Garnett made her a brunette for Trade Winds (1938), the seemingly trivial change drastically altered her screen image from insipid ingénue to smoldering temptress. Dark-haired for the rest of her career, she made her finest films in the 1940s with director Fritz Lang: Man Hunt (1941), The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945), becoming the queen of film-noir femme fatales. In December 1951, Wanger (by then her husband of 11 years) shot her agent in a jealous rage; the resulting scandal virtually ended Joan's film career. Aside from TV-movies, she made six...

Significant features of Joan Bennett

Often played untrustworthy but sexy femme fatales

How much money has Joan Bennett earned?

Dark Shadows (1966) $333 per episode

Publications and Magazines about Joan Bennett

Brian Kellow The Bennetts: An Acting Family. 2004
Joan Bennett, Lois Kibbee The Bennett Playbill. 1970
James Robert Parish, Don E. Stanke The Glamour Girls. 1975

What movies did Joan Bennett play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Divorce Wars: A Love Story (1982) Adele Burgess, This House Possessed (1981) Rag Lady, Suddenly, Love (1978) Mrs. Graham, Suspiria (1977) Madame Blanc, Police Surgeon (1972) Cortessa, The Eyes of Charles Sand (1972) Aunt Alexandria Sand, Gidget Gets Married (1972) Claire Ramsey, Dark Shadows (1971) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard / Opening Voiceover / Judith Collins / ..., Love, American Style (1971) Edith, The Governor & J.J. (1970) Joan Darlene Delaney, House of Dark Shadows (1970) Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Burke's Law (1965) Denise Mitchell, Mr. Broadway (1964)...

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Joan Bennett and James Kirkwood in She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)

She was a popular target of disdain in Hedda Hopper's gossip column. To get her point across Bennett mailed Hopper a skunk as a Valentines Day gift in 1950 with a note that read, "You Stink!".

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Constance Bennett and Joan Bennett

In her 1970 memoir, THE BENNETT PLAYBILL, Joan Bennett said that she found "the accent on trivia" in the press about the lives of celebrities never ceased to amaze her. In that same paragraph, she listed many of the pieces of personal trivia about herself that were reported in the press (and were true): she loved peanut butter, knocked on wood for luck, made a great hollandaise sauce, loved fresh flowers, hated turnips, slept in a nightgown, and favored "shocking pink and green." She was concerned that the focus on such minutiae overshadowed what she called "the current long-hair four-letter revolution" and the increasing presence of pornography in American culture.

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Joan Bennett, Ronald Colman, and Lawrence Grant in Bulldog Drummond (1929)

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Don Ameche and Joan Bennett in Confirm or Deny (1941)

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Henry Fonda and Joan Bennett in I Met My Love Again (1938)

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Henry Fonda and Joan Bennett in Wild Geese Calling (1941)

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Joan Bennett and Isabel Jewell in Große braune Augen (1936)

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Don Ameche and Joan Bennett in Confirm or Deny (1941)

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Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, and Billie Burke in Girl Trouble (1942)

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Randolph Scott and Joan Bennett in Über die Grenze entkommen (1938)

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Joan Bennett and Harry Richman in Puttin' on the Ritz (1930)

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Joan Bennett and Bing Crosby in Mississippi (1935)

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Joan Bennett in Week Ends Only (1932)

Was pregnant with daughter Melinda Markey while filming Little Women (1933).

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Joan Bennett, Lilian Bond, and Jameson Thomas in The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)

Daughter of actors Richard Bennett and Adrienne Morrison

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Joan Bennett and Warner Baxter in Doctors' Wives (1931)

Younger sister of actresses Barbara Bennett and Constance Bennett.

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Joan Bennett and Jack Mulhall in Thirteen Hours by Air (1936)

Filming on She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) was interrupted for 6 months when Joan broke her leg in a fall from a horse.

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Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett in Me and My Gal (1932)

She was nearsighted and wore glasses when not on public view.

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Joan Bennett and Edmund Lowe in Scotland Yard (1930)

Her 78 feature-length films include three bit parts in silents and 6 TV-movies.

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Joan Bennett and Joel McCrea in Two in a Crowd (1936)

At the time of her death, Joan had 13 grandchildren. Her first two great-grandchildren were on the way - one of her grandsons and his wife were expecting twins.

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Joan Bennett in Wenn Mauern töten (1981)

She made five films for Fritz Lang, more than any other American actor or actress who worked with him (many actors disliked working with Lang).

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Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Frances Dee, and Jean Parker in Vier Schwestern (1933)

Was offered the role of Beth McCarthy in Cocoon (1985). Director Ron Howard wanted to reunite co-star Don Ameche with one of his former leading ladies and he thought of Joan. Unfortunately, she was in frail health at the time and supposedly turned down the role, a decision she later regretted when "Cocoon" became one of the biggest box office hits of 1985 and spawned a sequel. The part was played by Gwen Verdon. Miss Bennett did not, in fact, turn down the role. Rather, she was talked out of taking it by her fourth husband, David Wilde. Wilde insisted that the film too closely resembled the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). He also felt that it was beneath Miss Bennett's dignity to be working under "Opie Taylor" or "Richie Cunningham".

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Joan Bennett and Joel McCrea in Oberarzt Dr. Monet (1935)

Her first grandchild, Amanda Anderson, was born in March, 1949 to daughter Diana.

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Joan Bennett and Joel McCrea in Two in a Crowd (1936)

Played Amy March in Little Women (1933) with Katharine Hepburn. She played Elizabeth Taylor's mother in Father of the Bride (1950). Taylor played Amy March in the remake: Little Women (1949).

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Joan Bennett, George Arliss, Florence Arliss, and Doris Lloyd in Disraeli (1929)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 82-84. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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Joan Bennett and Donald Cook in The Trial of Vivienne Ware (1932)

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Lydia Simoneschi, including Father of the Bride (1950) and its sequel Father's Little Dividend (1951). She was occasionally dubbed by Lia Orlandini, Renata Marini and Tina Lattanzi.

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Don Ameche and Joan Bennett in The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)

Her grandfather, Morris W. Morris (an actor known as Lewis Morrison on stage), was of English and well-off Spanish ancestry. Joan Bennett spoke of this, in detail, in her 1970 autobiography "The Bennett Playbill". Morris had also served as a lieutenant during the Civil War.

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Joan Bennett and Anthony Bushell in Disraeli (1929)

Granddaughter of Rose Wood and the stage actor Lewis Morrison, birth name: Morris W. Morris (1845 - 1906).

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Joan Bennett and Warner Baxter in Doctors' Wives (1931)

Aunt of Gyl Roland, Lorinda Roland and Morton Downey Jr..

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Joan Bennett and George Arliss in Disraeli (1929)

Was called "Doanie" by her grandchildren because, allegedly, one of her granddaughters could not say "Joanie" when she was younger.

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Joan Bennett in The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)

At age 39, Bennett became Tinseltown's youngest and sexiest grandmother when her daughter gave birth. Marlene Dietrich, the former title holder, sent Bennett a telegram thanking her for taking the "heat off her".

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Joan Bennett and Victor Mature in The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)

Dians Productions, Bennett's production company, was named after her daughter Adrienne (a.k.a, Diana.).

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Joan Bennett, Warner Baxter, and Helene Millard in Doctors' Wives (1931)

Ex-mother-in-law of Don Hayden.

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