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Joan Valerie (1912–1983)

Born in Illinois in 1912, Helen Vlahakis, later known as Joan Valerie soon settles down in Hollywood, where she studied drama at the famous Pasadena Playhouse. Darryl F. Zanuck discovered her there but gave her parts only in B movies, although in pleasant ones. By way of example, she was the charming blonde in office in John Ford's "Submarine ... See full bio »

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Known For

Topa Topa Margaret Weston
The Prince and the Pauper Lady Jane Seymour
Young as You Feel Bonnie Jones
A Trip to Paris Marguerite Varloff


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 1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Miss Pennington
- Busy Signal (1953) ... Miss Pennington
- Beauty Prize (1953) ... Miss Pennington
 1952 The Girl in White
Nurse Hanson
 1951 Westward the Women
Flashy Woman (uncredited)
 1951 Father Takes the Air
 1951 Roaring City
Irma Rand
 1950 Mister 880
Cashier (uncredited)
 1950 A Life of Her Own
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Nurse (uncredited)
 1949 Any Number Can Play
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1948 Three Daring Daughters
Hostess (uncredited)
 1947 The Hucksters
Receptionist (uncredited)
 1947 Lost Honeymoon
Nurse (uncredited)
 1943 Around the World
Countess Olga (uncredited)
 1943 Government Girl
Miss Jane MacVickers (uncredited)
 1942 Just Off Broadway
Rita Darling
 1942 Rio Rita
 1942 Who Is Hope Schuyler?
Phyllis Guerney
 1940 Jennie
Clara Schermer
 1940 Michael Shayne: Private Detective
Marsha Gordon
 1940 Murder Over New York
June Preston
 1940 Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum
Lily Latimer
 1940 The Great Profile
 1940 Pier 13
Helen Kelly
 1940 Girl in 313
Francine Edwards
 1940 Lillian Russell
Lillian Russell's Sister
 1940 Free, Blonde and 21
 1940 Young as You Feel
Bonnie Jones
 1940 The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
Miss Norton
 1939 Day-Time Wife
Mrs. Dexter
 1939 Tail Spin
 1938 Kentucky
Lucy Pemberton (uncredited)
 1938 Road Demon
Joan Rogers
 1938 Submarine Patrol
 1938 Safety in Numbers
Toni Stewart (replaced by Iva Stewart) (uncredited)
 1938 A Trip to Paris
Marguerite Varloff
 1938 Topa Topa
Margaret Weston (as Helen Hughes)
 1938 The Old Barn Dance
Sally Dawson (as Helen Valkis)
 1938 Sergeant Murphy
Bess Merrill (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Girl at Premiere (uncredited)
 1937 Missing Witnesses
Simpering Girl (uncredited)
 1937 Alcatraz Island
Secretary (uncredited)
 1937 It's Love I'm After
Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
 1937 Confession
Wanda (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 Talent Scout
Ruth - Secretary (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 Blazing Sixes
Barbara Morgan (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 The Go Getter
Skinner's Secretary (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 The Cherokee Strip
Ruth Valley (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 The Prince and the Pauper
Lady Jane Seymour (as Helen Valkis)
 1937 Ready, Willing and Able
Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
 1935 Fighting Youth
Sorority Girl (uncredited)
Show Show Additional Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)

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Alternate Names:

Helen Hughes | Helen Valkis


Paris G Mestusis  (divorced)  (1 child) | See more »

Did You Know?


The Vlahakis family owned a restaurant in Rhinelander Wisconsin. It was open for a few years before Joan was born and stayed in the family until about 10 years ago. The Rhinelander Cafe and Pub is still operating but a few years after her brother Peter passed away his sons sold it.

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