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Janis Joplin (1943–1970)

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, Leadbelly and Bessie Smith). After graduating from Thomas ... See full bio »

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Watchmen Soundtrack
Three Kings
Three Kings Soundtrack
Little White Lies
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The Dreamers
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 2016 Ochéntame... otra vez (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode)
- Soy rebelde (2016) ... (writer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2016 Vinyl (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Racket (2016) ... (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2015 The Colony (performer: "TRY (JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER)")
 2014 Australian Story (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Vanishing Act (2014) ... (performer: "Work Me, Lord")
 2014 She's Beautiful When She's Angry (Documentary) (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2013 Mad Men (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- A Tale of Two Cities (2013) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart" - uncredited)
 2012 Bank Roll (performer: "As Good as You've Been to This World")
 2012 Voice - Danmarks største stemme (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Fjerde blindtest (2012) ... (writer: "Move Over" - uncredited)
 2012 Aufgspuit! (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Schmidbauer mit Claudia Koreck (2012) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2011 A Gang Story ("MOVE OVER")
 2011 So You Think You Can Dance (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Top 12 Perform (2011) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2011 American Idol (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 9 Finalists Compete (2011) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2011 Gent de paraula (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.19 (2011) ... (performer: "Me and Bobby McGee")
 2011 A Little Bit of Heaven (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2010 Little White Lies (performer: "Kozmic Blues") / (writer: "Kozmic Blues")
 2010 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tequila and Coke (2010) ... (performer: "One Night Stand")
 2009 The Invisible Woman (performer: "A Woman Left Lonely")
 2009 Taking Woodstock (performer: "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)")
 2009 Watchmen (performer: "Me and Bobby McGee")
 2007-2008 Banda sonora (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Episode #4.3 (2008) ... (performer: "Work Me Lord")
- Episode #1.13 (2007) ... (performer: "Me and Bobby McGee")
- Episode #1.6 (2007) ... (performer: "Ball and Chain")
 2008 The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (performer: "Summertime")
 2008 Queridos Amigos (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2007 Esti showder (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #10.1 (2007) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2007 Introducing the Dwights (performer: "Piece of My Heart", "Move Over") / (writer: "Move Over")
 2005 ShakespeaRe-Told (TV Mini-Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Macbeth (2005) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2005 Romance & Cigarettes (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2004 Crossroads: A Jared Feldschreiber Film (Short) (performer: "Piece of my Heart")
 2004 Boston Public (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chapter Seventy-Nine (2004) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart" - uncredited)
 2002-2003 Idol (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #3.7 (2003) ... (writer: "Move Over")
- Top 48 #8 (2002) ... (writer: "Kozmic Blues")
 2003 Waking the Dead (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Walking on Water: Part 1 (2003) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz" (1970) - uncredited)
 2003 Festival Express (Documentary) (performer: "Cry Baby", "Ain't No More Cane", "Tell Mama", "Me & Bobby McGee")
 2003 Janis and John (arranger: "Down On Me" (Live)) / (performer: "Down On Me" (Live), "Kozmic Blues") / (writer: "Kozmic Blues")
 2003 The Dreamers (writer: "I Need a Man to Love" (1968))
 2003 Rage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Heaven and Hell Special (2003) ... (performer: "Work Me, Lord")
 2002 Ultimate X: The Movie (Documentary short) (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2001 Mohamed (Short) (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2001 Eva & Adam: Four Birthdays and a Fiasco (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2000 One Hundred Steps (performer: "Summertime")
 2000 Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970) (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Ball And Chain")
 1999 Freaks and Geeks (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Beers and Weirs (1999) ... (performer: "Maybe")
 1999 Three Kings (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 1997 El tiempo de la felicidad (performer: "Me and Bobby McGee")
 1996 The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon (Documentary) (writer: "Oh Sweet Mary")
 1995 The History of Rock 'n' Roll (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- My Generation (1995) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart (Take Another)", "Tell Mama")
 1995 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 1994 The War (performer: "Summertime")
 1994 Woodstock Diary (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)", "Ball and Chain")
 1994 Cold Water (performer: "Me & Bobby McGee")
 1994 Le péril jeune (lyrics: "Move over") / (music: "Move over") / (performer: "Move over")
 1993 Household Saints (performer: "Maybe")
 1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Wildfire (1991) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz" - uncredited)
 1991 The Indian Runner (performer: "SUMMERTIME")
 1990 Flashing on the Sixties: A Tribal Document (Video documentary) (writer: "Down on Me")
 1990 Woodstock: The Lost Performances (Video documentary) (performer: "Work Me Lord")
 1989 Bangkok Hilton (TV Mini-Series) (writer: "Mercedes-Benz " - uncredited)
 1989 Look Who's Talking (performer: "Cry Baby")
 1988 Off Limits (performer: "Down on Me") / (writer: "Down on Me")
 1986 Women in Rock (Video documentary) (performer: "Summertime", "Ball and Chain", "Piece of My Heart" - uncredited)
  Série noire (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1986) (writer - 1 episode, 1986)
- Grandeur et décadence d'un petit commerce de cinéma (1986) ... (performer: "Mercedes Benz") / (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Buddies (1985) ... (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 1983 Cool Cats: 25 Years of Rock 'n' Roll Style (Video documentary) (performer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited)
 1981 American Pop (performer: "Summertime")
 1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
 1979 Chilly Scenes of Winter (performer: "Get It While You Can")
  WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode, 1978) (writer - 1 episode, 1978)
- Hold Up (1978) ... (performer: "Mercedes Benz") / (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 1978 Coming Home (performer: "Call on Me" (1966))
 1975 Gladys and Her All-Girl Band (performer: "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)" - uncredited)
 1974 Little Girl Blue (performer: "Little Girl Blue" - uncredited)
 1970 Woodstock (Documentary) (performer: "Work Me, Lord")
 1969 Music Scene (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (1969) ... (performer: "Maybe")
 1968 Petulia (performer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited) / (writer: "Road Block", "Down On Me" - uncredited)
 1968 No More Excuses (performer: "Down on Me") / (writer: "Down on Me")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(June 21 to August 11, 2013) Her musical, "One Night with Janis Joplin," was performed in partnership with The Pasadena Playhouse and Milwaukee Repertory Theater in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of One Night Productions, her and Jeff Jampol of JAM, Inc. at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington D.C. Randy ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

6 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 7 Portrayals | 8 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

I'm a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything. It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned to make that feeling work for me. I'm full of emotion and I want a release, and if you're on stage and if it's really working and you've got the audience with you, it's a oneness you feel. See more »


The manual dexterity displayed during the very last moments of life (changing a five-dollar bill, using a cigarette machine and undressing despite drunkenness and expectation of a heroin high) was a lifelong trait. Biographer Myra Friedman was told by Joplin's parents that when they interacted with other new parents in Port Arthur, Texas in the 1940s, everyone noticed their first-born child's ... See more »


Shoulder-length brown hair See more »


The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll See more »

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