Joan Leslie

Joan Leslie

Highest Rated: 90% Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Lowest Rated: 20% Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

Birthday: Jan 26, 1925

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Joan Leslie was an American actress who appeared in over 50 films throughout the 1940s and '50s, including the Golden Age classics "High Sierra" (1941), "Sergeant York" (1941), and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). Leslie was born in Highland, Michigan in 1925, but never set out to become an actress. In fact, her mother, who was an accomplished pianist, had her young daughter learn how to play a number of musical instruments at a very young age, including the banjo, saxophone and the accordion. Leslie had a relatively stress-free early life until the Great Depression sunk her family, like most, into a pit of financial distress. With no work and no options to work, Leslie's father had Joan and her two young sisters embark on a career in vaudeville in order to make ends meet. Joan quickly became the standout of the three for her spot-on impressions of such iconic actors of the day, including Katharine Hepburn. It wasn't long before a Hollywood talent scout took notice and signed the 11-year-old to a contract with MGM. Over the next few years Leslie appeared in a number of films in uncredited roles, including "Camille" (1936), "Men with Wings" (1938), and "Love Affair" (1939). Leslie was eventually dropped from her contract at MGM, but was quickly signed by Warner Bros. It was during her contract at Warner that Leslie appeared in some of her best-known films, including "High Sierra," "Sergeant York," and "This Is the Army" (1943), the latter of which also starred future President Ronald Reagan. Leslie was dropped from Warner in 1946 after a dispute with the studio over the types of roles she was being offered, and despite appearing in a number of films (mostly B-movies) in the late '40s and early '50s, never regained the prestige of her early '40s heyday. She all but gave up acting after 1956's "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" to raise her children, appearing only on a few TV shows in the ensuing decades. Leslie's last credited screen role was in the 1991 made-for-TV movie "Fire in the Dark." Leslie died at her home in Los Angeles on October 12, 2015. She was 90.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Ruthie (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Keegans Mary Keegan (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 56% The Revolt of Mamie Stover Annalee Johnson (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoke Jumpers Peg (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Outpost Sarah Moffit (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight Nurse Lt. Polly Davis (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Garnet Hale (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellgate Ellen Hanley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 60% The Woman They Almost Lynched Sally Maris (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 60% Man in the Saddle Laurie Bidwell Isham (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 57% Hill Number One Claudia Procles (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Toughest Man in Arizona Mary Kimber (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Daphne Lattimer (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 56% Born to Be Bad Donna Foster (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Stampede Chris Johnson (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 47% Repeat Performance Sheila Page (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Janie Conway (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinderella Jones Unknown (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee Connie Reed (Character) - 1946
20% 60% Rhapsody in Blue Julie Adams (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Do We Go From Here? Sally Smith/Prudence/Katrina (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Young to Know Sally Sawyer (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 64% Hollywood Canteen Joan Leslie (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 58% The Sky's the Limit Joan Manion (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 59% Thank Your Lucky Stars Pat Dixon (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 49% This Is the Army Eileen Dibble (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Patricia Stanley (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 77% The Hard Way Katherine "Katie" Blaine (Character) - 1942
90% 83% Yankee Doodle Dandy Mary (Character) - 1942
88% 87% Sergeant York Gracie Williams (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 29% The Wagons Roll at Night Mary Coster (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Fall Out Mary Matthews (Character) - 1941
90% 78% High Sierra Velma "Pat" Baughmam (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Mr. Nobody Mary Clover (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice in Movieland Alice Purdee (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laddie Shelley Stanton (Character) - 1940

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 61% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Mary Devereux (Character) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956

QUOTES FROM Joan Leslie CHARACTERS

Tom Randolph says: Why don't you relax?

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER.(Horton)

Himself says: If you want Dinah Shore you don't talk to HER. [Horton]

Barney Johnson says: Barney Jackson never let a client down.

Barney Johnson says: Now there's 50 dollars worth of advice and now we're even.

Tom Randolph says: I got my radio deal, 500 bucks, I'm set for life.

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe (her new home).

Pat Dixon says: Well, this is something even Ripley wouldn't believe. [her new home]

Tom Randolph says: I'm smart enough to sing nothing but hits.