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Brenda Joyce (I) (1917–2009)


Best remembered as the second talking-era "Jane" (following Maureen O'Sullivan) of the durable Tarzan jungle film series and the only one in the sound era to play the role opposite two different Tarzan's (Johnny Weissmuller and Lex Barker, lovely Brenda was born Betty Leabo in Missouri, raised in Los Angeles, and nicknamed "Graftina" by her father... See full bio »

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 1948 10, 000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Narrator
 1948 Shaggy
Laura Calvin
 1947 Stepchild
Dale Bullock
 1946 Danger Woman
June Spenser
 1946 The Spider Woman Strikes Back
Jean Kingsley
 1946 Little Giant
Miss Ruby Burke
 1945 Pillow of Death
Donna Kincaid
 1945 The Enchanted Forest
Anne
 1945 Strange Confession
Mary Carter
 1945 I'll Tell the World
Lorna Gray
 1943 Thumbs Up
Louise Latimer
 1942 Little Tokyo, U.S.A.
Maris Hanover
 1942 The Postman Didn't Ring
Julie Martin
 1942 Whispering Ghosts
Elizabeth Woods
 1942 Right to the Heart
Jenny Killian
 1941 Marry the Boss's Daughter
Fredericka Barrett
 1941 Private Nurse
Mary Malloy
 1940 Public Deb No. 1
Penny Cooper
 1940 Maryland
Linda
 1940 Little Old New York
Harriet Livingston
 1939 Here I Am a Stranger
Simpson Daniels
 1939 The Rains Came
Fern Simon
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Personal Details

Publicity Listings:

6 Articles | 8 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Owen Ward  (divorced)  (3 children) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I didn't live near the studios in the hopes of "crashing" the gates. My ambition was to always be active in "little theater" and also to be a professor of Speech and Drama at U.C.L.A. See more »

Trivia:

Brenda was not proud of her work in the Tarzan features and has lived in relatively anonymity since she left Hollywood in 1949. See more »

Nickname:

Graftina

Star Sign:

Pisces

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