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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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Known For

Watchmen
Watchmen Soundtrack
(2009)
Three Kings
Three Kings Soundtrack
(1999)
Les petits mouchoirs
(2010)
The Dreamers
The Dreamers Soundtrack
(2003)

Filmography

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 2017 Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold (Documentary) (performer: "Half Moon" written by nm0355747 & nm2661076)
 2017 The Vietnam War (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Things Fall Apart (January-July 1968) (2017) ... (performer: "Summertime")
 2017 La gent normal (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- La vida després d'un trasplantament (2017) ... (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 2017 Prime Suspect 1973 (TV Mini-Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #1.6 (2017) ... ("Piece of My Heart")
 2017 Big Little Lies (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Burning Love (2017) ... (performer: "Call on Me" - uncredited)
- Once Bitten (2017) ... (performer: "Ball and Chain" - uncredited)
- Somebody's Dead (2017) ... (performer: "Call On Me" - uncredited)
 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 Colonia (performer: "TRY (JUST A LITTLE BIT HARDER)")
 2015 La belle saison (performer: "Move Over", "Me and Bobby McGee") / (writer: "Move Over")
 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 Les Lyonnais ("MOVE OVER") / (writer: "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 Les petits mouchoirs (performer: "Kozmic Blues") / (writer: "Kozmic Blues")
 2010 Entourage (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Tequila and Coke (2010) ... (performer: "One Night Stand")
 2009 A Mulher Invisível (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 Le premier jour du reste de ta vie (performer: "Summertime")
 2008 Queridos Amigos (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2007 Tell Me You Love Me (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.10 (2007) ... (performer: "Maybe" - uncredited)
 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 et 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) (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2001 Mohamed (Short) (performer: "Cry Baby")
 2001 Eva & Adam - Fyra födelsedagar och ett fiasko (writer: "Mercedes Benz")
 2000 I cento passi (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 Home for the Holidays (performer: "Piece of My Heart")
 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")
 1994 The War (performer: "Summertime")
 1994 Woodstock Diary (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)", "Ball and Chain")
 1994 Le péril jeune (lyrics: "Move over") / (music: "Move over") / (performer: "Move over")
 1994 L'eau froide (performer: "Me & Bobby McGee")
 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)
 1972 Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Jochen und Marion (1972) ... (performer: "Me and Bobby McGee")
 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:

(September 28 to November 4, 2012) Her musical, "One Night with Janis Joplin," was performed in a Cleveland Playhouse in association with Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of Premiere Media with support from her estate and Jeff Jampol of JAM Inc. at The Arena Stage Theatre in Washington D.C. Randy Johnson was developer, writer... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Official Sites:


Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I don't believe in gate-crashing. The people aren't up there when I'm sweating on a stage at a festival, breaking my ass. You can get the money to buy a concert ticket, man. Sell your old lady, sell your dope. Look at me, man, I'm selling my heart. See more »

Trivia:

Her good friend and former lover, Kris Kristofferson, has on numerous occasions stated that he is absolutely sure she did not commit suicide, but also believes that the course that Janis had chosen to take was a dangerous, self-destructive one, a fact of which he knows she was also aware. See more »

Trademark:

Shoulder-length brown hair See more »

Nickname:

The Queen of Psychedelic Soul See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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