Joan Davis

Joan Davis

Highest Rated: 100% Hold That Ghost (1941)

Lowest Rated: 100% Hold That Ghost (1941)

Birthday: Jun 29, 1907

Birthplace: St Paul, Minnesota

Comedienne Joan Davis was the daughter of a Minnesota-based train dispatcher. A performer in local amateur productions since the age of 3, Joan sang, danced and clowned at summer camps, amusement parks, and small-time vaudeville houses, marrying her "straight man" Si Willis in 1931. While performing in Los Angeles, Joan strenuously campaigned for an opportunity to appear before the cameras; her first film was the 1935 educational two-reeler Way Up Thar, directed by Mack Sennett and co-starring several members of Buster Keaton's family. This led to her first feature film, Millions in the Air (1935). After a desultory RKO contract, Joan and her husband returned to vaudeville; she was rediscovered for pictures by 20th Century-Fox's Darryl F. Zanuck, who cast Joan in raucous Martha Raye-like slapstick roles in such films as Sonja Henie's Thin Ice (1937), the Ritz Bros.' Kentucky Moonshine (1938) and Alice Faye's Tail Spin (1939). In 1941, she became a regular on Rudy Vallee's radio program, and was memorably co-starred with Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost (1941). During the 1940s, Joan was top billed in several energetic "B" efforts like Kansas City Kitty (1944) and He Gets Her Man (1945), and was promoted to star of her own top-rated radio series for Sealtest dairy products. After her film career ended with the bottom-barrel Columbia farce Harem Girl, Joan formed her own production company to produce the popular TV sitcom I Married Joan, which ran from 1952 through 1955 on the networks, then seemingly forever in reruns. Co-starring on I Married Joan as Joan's sister was the actress' daughter, Beverly Wills. Joan Davis died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 53, shortly after completing the pilot film for a new TV series.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wisecracks Actor 1993
No Score Yet A Child's Guide to Blowing Up a Motor Car Actor 1965
No Score Yet The Outcast Actor 1954
No Score Yet Groom Wore Spurs, The Alice Dean 1951
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie Susie Parker 1948
No Score Yet George White's Scandals (George White's Scandals of 1945) Joan Mason 1945
No Score Yet Show Business Joan Mason 1944
No Score Yet Around the World Joan Davis 1943
No Score Yet Sun Valley Serenade Miss Carstairs 1941
100% Hold That Ghost Camille Brewster 1941
No Score Yet Day-Time Wife Miss Applegate 1939
No Score Yet Just Around the Corner Kitty 1938
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Lizzie Olsen 1938
No Score Yet My Lucky Star Mary Dwight 1938
No Score Yet Thin Ice Orchestra Leader 1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue Miss Katz 1937
No Score Yet Wake Up and Live Spanish Dancer 1937
No Score Yet Love and Hisses Joan 1937
No Score Yet Sing and Be Happy Myrtle 1937
No Score Yet Life Begins in College Inez 1937
No Score Yet Millions in the Air Singer 1935


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