Joan Blondell (1906–1979)


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With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan Blondell was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Joan was born Rose Blondell in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Katie and Eddie Blondell, who were vaudeville performers. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant, and her mother was of Irish heritage.... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

Grease Vi
(1978)
Desk Set Peg Costello
(1957)
Big City Blues Vida Fleet
(1932)
The Cincinnati Kid Lady Fingers
(1965)

Filmography

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 1981 The Woman Inside
Aunt Coll
 1979 The Glove
Mrs. Fitzgerald
 1979 The Rebels (TV Series)
Mrs. Brumple
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Naomi Gittings
- Bowling/Command Performance (1979) ... Naomi Gittings
 1979 The Champ
Dolly Kenyon
 1979 Sweepstakes (TV Series)
Mme. Grimaldi
- Dewey and Harold and Sarah and Maggie (1979) ... Mme. Grimaldi
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Ramona Bevans
- Ship of Ghouls (1978) ... Ramona Bevans
 1978 Battered (TV Movie)
Edna Thompson
 1978 Grease
Vi
 1977 The Baron
Mama Lou
 1977 Opening Night
Sarah Goode
 1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)
Mrs. Pruitt
- The Las Vegas Strangler, Part 2 (1976) ... Mrs. Pruitt
- The Las Vegas Strangler, Part 1 (1976) ... Mrs. Pruitt
 1976 Death at Love House (TV Movie)
Marcella Geffenhart
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
Mrs. Lear
- One of Our Zeppelins Is Missing (1976) ... Mrs. Lear
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Doreen
- Little Boy Lost (1975) ... Doreen
 1975 Winner Take All (TV Movie)
Beverly Craig
 1975 The Dead Don't Die (TV Movie)
Levenia
 1974 Bobby Parker and Company (TV Movie)
His Mother
 1974 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Madame Mimi
- The Devil Made Me Do It! (1974) ... Madame Mimi
 1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Aunt Louise
- Exit Laughing (1973) ... Aunt Louise
 1973 Medical Center (TV Series)
Doris
- Stranger in Two Worlds (1973) ... Doris
 1973 The Rookies (TV Series)
Mrs. Darrin
- Cry Wolf (1973) ... Mrs. Darrin
 1971-1973 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Swinging Surgeon") / (segment "Love and the Lovesick Sailor")
 1972 Banyon (TV Series)
Peggy Revere
- The Murder Game (1972) ... Peggy Revere
- The Lady Killer (1972) ... Peggy Revere
- The Clay Clarinet (1972) ... Peggy Revere
- Meal Ticket (1972) ... Peggy Revere
- Completely Out of Print (1972) ... Peggy Revere
 1971 McCloud (TV Series)
Ernestine White
- Top of the World, Ma! (1971) ... Ernestine White
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Miss Wall
- Battle at Gannon's Bridge (1970) ... Miss Wall
 1970 The Phynx
Ruby
 1968-1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Lottie Hatfield
- Two Women (1970) ... Lottie Hatfield
- The Last Winter (1970) ... Lottie Hatfield (credit only)
- Absalom (1970) ... Lottie Hatfield
- Bolt of Kilmaren (1970) ... Lottie Hatfield
- How Dry We Are (1970) ... Lottie Hatfield
 1969 Big Daddy
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Sadie Burch
- There Was a Little Girl (1968) ... Sadie Burch
 1968 Kona Coast
Kittibelle Lightfoot
 1968 That Girl (TV Series)
Marjorie Hobart
- Just Spell the Name Right (1968) ... Marjorie Hobart
 1968 Stay Away, Joe
Glenda Callahan
 1968 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Florabelle Campbell
- Girl of Our Dreams (1968) ... Florabelle Campbell
 1967 Mrs. Thursday (TV Movie)
 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Miss Lottie
- Sunday in Paradise (1967) ... Miss Lottie
 1967 Family Affair (TV Series)
Laura London
- Somebody Upstairs (1967) ... Laura London
 1967 Waterhole #3
Lavinia
 1967 Winchester 73 (TV Movie)
Larouge
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Madame
- The U.F.O. Affair (1967) ... Madame
 1966 Ace of the Mounties (TV Movie)
His girlfriend
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Mrs. Fingers Stilletto
- The Concrete Overcoat Affair: Part I (1966) ... Mrs. Fingers Stilletto
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Melvin Freebie
- The Blue-Eyed Horse (1966) ... Mrs. Melvin Freebie
 1966 And Baby Makes Three (TV Movie)
Joan Terry
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
Mrs. Lavender
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Mrs. Lewis
- The Last Commuter (1965) ... Mrs. Lewis
 1965 My Three Sons (TV Series)
Harriet Blanchard
- Office Mother (1965) ... Harriet Blanchard
 1965 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Joan Brenner
- Lucy the Stunt Man (1965) ... Joan Brenner
- Lucy and Joan (1965) ... Joan Brenner
 1965 The Cincinnati Kid
Lady Fingers
 1965 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Rose Kelsey
- Kilroy: Part 4 (1965) ... Rose Kelsey
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Miss Zilke
- Hooray for Hollywood (1964) ... Miss Zilke
 1964 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Dolly Marlowe
- Dolly's Dilemma (1964) ... Dolly Marlowe
 1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Lillian Manfred
- The Pressure Game (1964) ... Lillian Manfred
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Candy Sturdevant / Ethel Kronkeit
- Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? (1964) ... Candy Sturdevant
- Who Killed Harris Crown? (1963) ... Ethel Kronkeit
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
T.T. Hill
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... T.T. Hill
 1964 Advance to the Rear
Easy Jenny
 1964 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Phyllis Britt
- What's in the Box (1964) ... Phyllis Britt
 1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Ma Bleecker
- The Bleecker Story (1963) ... Ma Bleecker
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
Rosanna Dobie
- To Make This Place Remember (1963) ... Rosanna Dobie
 1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Aunt Win
- Aunt Win Steps In (1963) ... Aunt Win
- Aunt Win's Conquest (1963) ... Aunt Win
- Aunt Win Arrives (1963) ... Aunt Win
 1963 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Lucy Tutaine
- The Train and Lucy Tutaine (1963) ... Lucy Tutaine
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Emily Komack
- The Big Day (1962) ... Emily Komack
 1961 Angel Baby
Mollie Hays
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Helene Terry
- Sign of the Zodiac (1961) ... Helene Terry
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Hannah 'Lucy' Wagnall
- The Underground Court (1961) ... Hannah 'Lucy' Wagnall
 1961 The Witness (TV Series)
Ma Barker
- Ma Barker (1961) ... Ma Barker
 1960 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series)
Millicent Brass
- The Forbidden Sea (1960) ... Millicent Brass
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- Boy on a Fence (1959)
 1957-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Mrs. Patrick / Helen Green
- A Marriage of Strangers (1959) ... Mrs. Patrick
- Child of Trouble (1957) ... Helen Green
 1958 Studio One (TV Series)
Ruth Breen
- A Funny-Looking Kid (1958) ... Ruth Breen
 1957 Desk Set
Peg Costello
 1957 This Could Be the Night
Crystal St. Clair
 1957 Lizzie
Aunt Morgan James
 1956 The Opposite Sex
Edith Potter
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Ellen
- White Gloves (1955) ... Ellen
 1955 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Mother
- Snow Job (1955) ... Mother
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Dolores
- Bombshell Goes to College (1955) ... Dolores
 1955 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Joan Preston
- Star in the House (1955) ... Joan Preston
 1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series)
Bonny
- Burlesque (1955) ... Bonny
 1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
 1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
- Let's Face It (1954)
 1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
May
- Tango (1953) ... May
 1953 Suspense (TV Series)
Clara
- Vacancy for Death (1953) ... Clara
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Calamity Jane
- The Pussyfootin' Rocks (1952) ... Calamity Jane
 1951 The Blue Veil
Annie Rawlins
 1951 Nash Airflyte Theatre (TV Series)
- Pot o' Gold (1951)
 1950 For Heaven's Sake
Daphne Peters
 1947 Christmas Eve
Ann Nelson
 1947 Nightmare Alley
Zeena Krumbein
 1947 The Corpse Came C.O.D.
Rosemary Durant
 1945 Adventure
Helen Melohn
 1945 Don Juan Quilligan
Marjorie Mossrock
 1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Aunt Sissy
 1943 Cry 'Havoc'
Grace Lambert
 1942 Lady for a Night
Jenny Blake
 1941 Three Girls About Town
Hope Banner
 1941 Model Wife
Joan Keating Chambers
 1941 Topper Returns
Gail Richards
 1940 I Want a Divorce
Geraldine 'Jerry' Brokaw
 1940 Two Girls on Broadway
Molly Mahoney
 1940 Breakdowns of 1939 (Short)
 1939 The Amazing Mr. Williams
Maxine Carroll
 1939 Good Girls Go to Paris
Jenny Swanson
 1939 The Kid from Kokomo
Doris Harvey
 1939 East Side of Heaven
Mary Wilson
 1939 Off the Record
Jane Morgan
 1938 There's Always a Woman
Sally Reardon
 1937 Stand-In
Lester Plum
 1937 The Perfect Specimen
Mona Carter
 1937 Back in Circulation
'Timmy' Blake
 1937 The King and the Chorus Girl
Miss Dorothy Ellis
 1936 Gold Diggers of 1937
Norma Perry
 1936 Three Men on a Horse
Mabel
 1936 Stage Struck
Peggy Revere
 1936 Bullets or Ballots
Lee Morgan
 1936 Sons o' Guns
Yvonne
 1936 Colleen
Minnie Hawkins
 1935 Miss Pacific Fleet
Gloria Fay
 1935 We're in the Money
Ginger Stewart
 1935 Broadway Gondolier
Alice Hughes
 1935 Traveling Saleslady
Angela Twitchell
 1934 Kansas City Princess
Rosie Sturgess
 1934 Dames
Mabel Anderson
 1934 Smarty
Vicki Wallace / Thorpe
 1934 He Was Her Man
Rose Lawrence
 1934 I've Got Your Number
Marie Lawson
 1933 Just Around the Corner (Short)
Mrs. Graham
 1933 Convention City
Nancy Lorraine
 1933 Havana Widows
Mae Knight
 1933 Footlight Parade
Nan Prescott
 1933 Goodbye Again
Anne Rogers
 1933 Gold Diggers of 1933
Carol King
 1933 Blondie Johnson
Blondie Johnson
 1933 Broadway Bad
Tony Landers
 1932 Central Park
Dot
 1932 Lawyer Man
Olga Michaels
 1932 Three on a Match
Mary Keaton
 1932 Big City Blues
Vida Fleet
 1932 Make Me a Star
'Flips' Montague
 1932 Miss Pinkerton
Nurse Adams, aka Miss Pinkerton
 1932 The Famous Ferguson Case
Maizie Dickson
 1932 The Crowd Roars
Anne Scott
 1932 The Greeks Had a Word for Them
Schatzi Sutro
 1932 Union Depot
Ruth Collins
 1931 Blonde Crazy
Anne Roberts
 1931 The Reckless Hour
Myrtle Nichols
 1931 Night Nurse
Maloney
 1931 Big Business Girl
Pearl
 1931 My Past
Marion Moore
 1931 The Public Enemy
Mamie
 1931 God's Gift to Women
Fifi
 1931 Illicit
Helen 'Duckie' Childers
 1931 Millie
Angie Wickerstaff
 1931 Other Men's Women
Marie
 1930 Sinners' Holiday
Myrtle
 1930 The Office Wife
Katherine Murdock
 1930 The Heart Breaker (Short)
Drug store clerk
 1930 The Devil's Parade (Short)
 1930 Broadway's Like That (Short)
Ruth's Pal
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Myrtle") in "Penny Arcade" on Broadway. Drama. Written by Marie Baumer. Directed by William Keighley. Fulton Theatre: 10 Mar 1930-Mar 1930 (closing date unknown/24 performances). Cast: Eleanor Andrus (as "Anna"), Harry Balcom (as "Johnston"), George Barbier (as "Sikes"), Don Beddoe (as "George"), Valerie Bergere (... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Portrayals | 3 Interviews | 23 Articles | 26 Pictorials | 10 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)

Spouse:

Mike Todd  (divorced) | See more »

Children:

Ellen Powell | See more »

Parents:

Eddie Joan Blondell, Jr. | Kathryn Cain

Relatives:

Gloria Blondell (sibling) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on Topper Returns (1941)] It was a hit but has grown on TV viewings because it is public domain. I laugh when I see it. I laugh at Eddie Anderson and Patsy Kelly and Billie Burke and Rollie Young. It's a send-up of all those dark house plots. See more »

Trivia:

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

Star Sign:

Virgo

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