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Joan Blondell



A lovable star with a vivacious personality, mesmerizing smile, and big blue eyes, Joan Blondell, the daughter of stage comic Eddie Blondell (one of the original Katzenjammer Kids), spent her childhood touring the world with her vaudevillian parents and appearing with them in shows. She joined a stock company at age 17, then came to New York after winning a Miss Dallas beauty contest. She then appeared in several Broadway productions and in the Ziegfield Follies before being paired with another unknown, actor James Cagney, in the stage musical Penny Arcade; a year later this became the film Sinners Holiday, propelling her to stardom. Blondell spent eight years under contract with Warner Bros., where she was cast as dizzy blondes and wisecracking gold-diggers. She generally appeared in comedies and musicals and was paired ten times on the screen with actor Dick Powell, to whom she was married from 1936-45. Through the '30s and '40s she continued to play cynical, wisecracking girls with hearts of gold appearing in as many as ten films a year during the '30s. In the '50s she left films for the stage, but then came back to do more mature character parts. Blondell is the author of a roman a clef novel titled Center Door Fancy (1972) and was also married to producer Mike Todd (1947-50).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Perfect Specimen
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Convention City
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Union Depot
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The Glove
  • Mrs. Fitzgerald
1979
No Score Yet The Rebels
  • Actor
1979
40% The Champ
  • Dolly Kenyan
1979
77% Grease
  • Vi
1978
No Score Yet Battered
  • Edna Thompson
1978
92% Opening Night
  • Sarah Goode
1977
No Score Yet The Baron
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Death at Love House
  • Marcella Geffenhart
1976
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood
  • Landlady
1976
No Score Yet The Dead Don't Die
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Winner Take All
  • Actor
1975
67% Support Your Local Gunfighter
  • Jenny
1971
No Score Yet Kona Coast
  • Kittibelle Lightfoot
1968
No Score Yet Stay Away, Joe
  • Glenda Callahan
1968
No Score Yet Waterhole No. 3
  • Lavinia
1967
No Score Yet Winchester '73
  • Larouge
1967
No Score Yet Ride Beyond Vengeance
  • Mrs. Lavender
1966
85% The Cincinnati Kid
  • Lady Fingers
1965
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Jenny
1964
No Score Yet Angel Baby
  • Mollie Hayes
1961
No Score Yet Lizzie
  • Aunt Morgan
1958
100% Desk Set
  • Peg Costello
1957
No Score Yet This Could Be the Night
  • Crystal St. Clair
1957
38% The Amazing Colossal Man
  • Jenny
1957
90% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
  • Violet
1957
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Edith Potter
1956
No Score Yet The Blue Veil
  • Annie Rawlins
1951
No Score Yet Christmas Eve
  • Ann Nelson
1947
100% Nightmare Alley
  • Zeena
1947
No Score Yet Adventure
  • Helen Melohn
1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Aunt Sissy
1945
No Score Yet Lady for a Night
  • Jenny Blake
1942
No Score Yet Three Girls About Town
  • Hope Banner
1941
100% Topper Returns
  • Gail Richards
1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway
  • Molly Mahoney
1940
No Score Yet East Side of Heaven
  • Mary Wilson
1939
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman
  • Sally Reardon
1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Stand-In
  • Lester Plum
1937
No Score Yet The King and the Chorus Girl
  • Miss Dorothy Ellis
1937
No Score Yet Gold Diggers of 1937
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet Three Men on a Horse
  • Mabel
1936
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots
  • Lee Morgan
1936
No Score Yet Colleen
  • Minnie Hawkins
1936
No Score Yet Traveling Saleslady
  • Angela Twitchell
1935
No Score Yet Kansas City Princess
  • Actor
1934
No Score Yet He Was Her Man
  • Rose Lawrence
1934
No Score Yet Smarty
  • Vicki Wallace Thorpe
1934
No Score Yet I've Got Your Number
  • Marie Lawson
1934
No Score Yet Dames
  • Mabel Anderson
1934
No Score Yet Havana Widows
  • Mae Knight
1933
100% Footlight Parade
  • Nan Prescott
1933
100% Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Carol King
1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson
  • Blondie Johnson
1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man
  • Olga Michaels
1933
No Score Yet Three on a Match
  • Mary Keaton
1932
No Score Yet Miss Pinkerton
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star
  • 'Flips' Montague
1932
No Score Yet The Greeks Had a Word for Them (Three Broadway Girls)
  • Schatzi Sutro
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Anne Scott
1932
No Score Yet Three Broadway Girls
  • Schatzi Sutro
1932
No Score Yet The Crowd Roars
  • Actor
1932
86% Night Nurse
  • Maloney
1931
No Score Yet Big Business Girl
  • Pearl
1931
100% The Public Enemy
  • Mamie
1931
No Score Yet God's Gift to Women
  • Fifi
1931
No Score Yet Illicit
  • Helen `Duckie' Childers
1931
No Score Yet Millie
  • Angie
1931
No Score Yet Other Men's Women
  • Marie
1931
No Score Yet Blonde Crazy
  • Anne Roberts
1931
No Score Yet Battered
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Phyllis Britt

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