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Overview (5)

Born in Logan, West Virginia, USA
Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA  (lymphedema)
Birth NameJoanne Letitia LaCock
Nickname Joanne Marshall
Height 5' 5½" (1.66 m)

Mini Bio (1)

The daughter of a West Virginia druggist, Joanne Dru came to New York in 1940. In New York she worked as a model and was cast by Al Jolson as one of the showgirls in his Broadway play "Hold Onto Your Hats." When the show closed in 1941, she married popular singer Dick Haymes and went with him to Hollywood. Discovered by a talent scout while working in the theater, Joanne made her screen debut in Abie's Irish Rose (1946), and that picture almost ended her career. Two years later she "redeemed" herself with her role in the classic Howard Hawks western Red River (1948). She followed that with another western, John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), again playing opposite John Wayne. Unfortunately, her success in those two classics resulted in the scripts being submitted to her consisting of mostly westerns, and she got typecast (this from a woman who said, "I simply hated horses...").

In 1950 she was cast in another John Ford western, Wagon Master (1950), which became the basis for the Ward Bond TV series Wagon Train (1957). Even though she played in films other than westerns--All the King's Men (1949), The Pride of St. Louis (1952) and Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), for example--it was the westerns for which she was remembered. By the late 1950s westerns were running out of steam and so was her screen career, so she turned to TV, where she appeared on shows such as Playhouse 90 (1956).

In 1960 Joanne was cast in the role of the Eastern owner of a dude ranch in the comedy series Guestward Ho! (1960). Perhaps even funnier is that she would play an Easterner after all those westerns is the fact that her character name was Babs. The show ended in 1961.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (4)

C.V. Wood (29 December 1972 - 14 March 1992) ( his death)
George Rodgers Pierose (16 March 1963 - 5 January 1972) ( his death)
John Ireland (7 August 1949 - 16 May 1957) ( divorced)
Dick Haymes (21 September 1941 - 28 June 1949) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (10)

Her mother was president of the Motion Picture Mothers 1975-1976.
Older sister of Peter Marshall.
Aunt of professional baseball player Pete LaCock and Suzanne LaCock.
In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Dhia Cristiani. She was occasionally dubbed by Rina Morelli, like in My Pal Gus (1952) and Thunder Bay (1953); and once by Clelia Bernacchi in Wagon Master (1950).
Ex-sister-in-law of Sally Carter-Ihnat.
Sister-in-law of Laurie Marshall.
Best friends with Helen O'Connell.
Mother of Dick Haymes Jr..
Dru and Zsa Zsa Gabor worked together on 3 Ring Circus (1954) but did not like each other and clashed often. After one particular incident in which Dru got the better of Gabor, Zsa Zsa said, "I'll get even with you if it takes forever." Dru replied, "It probably will, but aren't you rather old to talk about a future?".
Her marriage to John Ireland broke down due to his affair with Queen Bee (1955) co-star Joan Crawford.

Personal Quotes (2)

[In an interview with Hedda Hopper in 1957, about her attitude toward westerns] Once you're typed, you're lost.
[In an interview with Hedda Hopper in 1957, about her attitude toward westerns] And those long gingham dresses with boned bodices are miserable things to wear.

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