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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 1 February 1905Forest Hill, London, England, UK
Date of Death 22 July 2004Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, UK  (natural causes)

Mini Bio (1)

English wild rose Joan Morgan who starred in at least 34 drama, crime, comedy movies from childhood, often under the direction of her father Sidney Morgan, making her film debut in Maurice Elvey's 'The Cup Final Mystery' starring Elisabeth Risdon in 1914, followed by 'The Great Spy Raid' starring Harry Lorraine at P&M Films. In 1919 Joan only 14 was so good in her acting ability she was cast opposite the legendary Ellen Terry in Fred Paul's 'Her Greatest Performance' playing her granddaughter. In 1920 Joan was offered a Hollywood contract by the Famous Players-Lasky Film Co who had opened a studio at Islington - soon to become Gainsborough, and hired Joan to play opposite Bryan Washburn in 'The Road to London' in 1921 she got £30 a week, Famous Players offered her $100 a week to start with, her father Sidney Morgan went up to meet them and they said, what do you think to this offer made to your daughter? he said 'not much' and that was that, Joan said, i just died inside. Through the 1920's she was given some stage roles in the West End her father cast her in his films such as her most favourite role 'Little Dorrit' (1920), and perhaps her most memorable role in 'A Lowland Cinderella' (1922) and her last major role 'A Window in Piccadilly' in 1928. Although Joan made a talkie in 1932's 'Her Reputation' she was no longer in demand as an actress, luckily, she was able to step into screenwriting through the 1930's using the name Joan Wentworth Wood, her most successful was 'The Flag Lieutenant'.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paul Rothwell-Smith

Trivia (6)

Her obituary in The Telegraph said, "Joan Morgan claimed to have been born in London on February 2 1905, though there is good reason to suspect the year was 1899." However, it appears that The Telegraph's suspicions were false. Her birth was registered in the Lewisham registration district (London, Greater London, and Kent) in the March quarter of 1905, vol. 1d, p. 1268.
Daughter of director Sidney Morgan and actress Evelyn Morgan.
Besides being a British silent screen star, script writer and novelist, her final career was converting old churches, toll houses and other buildings into housing.
As a young star was offered a career in Hollywood, but her father forbade it. This was something she never got over, even 80 years later before her death.
She had a knack for writing even as a child; when she submitted an essay to The Times newspaper, aged 8, it was rejected as they refused to believe it was written by someone under 10 years of age.
Her first screen role was to be in an adaptation of 'Little Lotrd Fauntleroy'. She was cast by producer Charles Urban when she was 8 years old, but, after receiving notice of breach of copyright from the author Frances Hodgson Burnett the film was cancelled.

Salary (1)

The Road to London (1921) £30 per week

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