Joan Davis (I) (1912–1961)

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Widely popular comedienne appeared in some movies and on radio in the 40s and on early television. She starred in the popular television series, I Married Joan (1952), with Jim Backus as her husband and her real-life daughter, Beverly Wills as her sister. Joan died of a sudden heart attack in 1961. Two years later, a fire tragically claimed the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins. See more awards »


Known For

Hold That Ghost Camille Brewster
Sally, Irene and Mary Irene Keene
Kansas City Kitty Polly Jasper


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 1952-1955 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Joan Stevens
- The Jail Bird (1955) ... Joan Stevens
- The Cowboy (1955) ... Joan Stevens
- How to Win Friends (1955) ... Joan Stevens
- The Lady and the Prizefighter (1955) ... Joan Stevens
- Ladies Prison (1955) ... Joan Stevens
 1952 Harem Girl
Susie Perkins
 1951 The Groom Wore Spurs
Alice Dean
 1950 Let's Join Joanie (TV Short)
Joanie Davis
 1950 Love That Brute
Mamie Sage
 1950 The Traveling Saleswoman
Mabel King
 1948 If You Knew Susie
Susie Parker
 1946 She Wrote the Book
Jane Featherstone
 1945 George White's Scandals
Joan Mason
 1945 She Gets Her Man
Jane 'Pilky' Pilkington
 1944 Kansas City Kitty
Polly Jasper
 1944 Show Business
Joan Mason
 1944 Beautiful But Broke
Dottie Duncan
 1943 Around the World
Joan Davis
 1943 Two Señoritas from Chicago
Daisy Baker
 1943 He's My Guy
Madge Donovan
 1942 Sweetheart of the Fleet
Phoebe Weyms
 1942 Yokel Boy
Molly Malone
 1941 Two Latins from Manhattan
Joan Daley
 1941 Sun Valley Serenade
Miss Carstairs
 1941 Hold That Ghost
Camille Brewster
 1941 For Beauty's Sake
Dottie Nickerson
 1940 Manhattan Heartbeat
Edna Higgins
 1940 Sailor's Lady
 1940 Free, Blonde and 21
 1939 Day-Time Wife
Miss Applegate
 1939 Too Busy to Work
 1939 Tail Spin
Babe Dugan
 1938 Just Around the Corner
 1938 Hold That Co-ed
Lizzie Olsen
 1938 My Lucky Star
Mary Dwight
 1938/II Keep Smiling
Joan (uncredited)
 1938 Josette
May Morris
 1938 Sally, Irene and Mary
Irene Keene
 1937 Love and Hisses
Joan Dolan
 1937 Wake Up and Live
Spanish Dancer
 1937 Sing and Be Happy
 1937 Angel's Holiday
 1937 The Great Hospital Mystery
Flossie Duff
 1937 Thin Ice
Orchestra Leader
 1937 Time Out for Romance
Midge Dooley
 1937 On the Avenue
Miss Katz
 1937 The Holy Terror
 1936 Bunker Bean
Mabel - Bunker's Secretary (uncredited)
 1935 Millions in the Air
 1935 Way Up Thar (Short)
Jennie Kurtz
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Starred in a sitcom pilot called, "The Joan Davis Show" where she played a department store saleswoman. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 3 Articles | See more »


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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Personal Quote:

I don't get it. Unless my mirror lies to me, I'm not bad looking. But let me get one look at that face on the screen and I'm sick for a week.


Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 132-133. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 See more »

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