Joan Shawlee

Highest Rated: 97% Some Like It Hot (1959)
Birthday: Mar 5, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
Though she reportedly played a bit in the 1937 version of A Star Is Born, actress Joan Shawlee's first confirmed professional work was as a model, singer, and nightclub performer. While appearing in New York, Shawlee was discovered by comedian Lou Costello, who put her under personal contract. She was billed as Joan Fulton in her first appearance with Abbott and Costello in the 1947 film Buck Privates Come Home. She reverted to "Shawlee" once she'd gained a reputation as a wisecracking, gum-chewing comedienne, a reputation enhanced by her many appearances on the popular TV sitcom The Abbott and Costello Show. Her films ranged from trash like Prehistoric Women (1950) to treasures like From Here to Eternity. Her best screen role was as dictatorial bandleader Sweet Sue in the Billy Wilder classic Some Like It Hot (1959); Wilder would cast Shawlee in choice supporting roles in his later films, The Apartment (1960), Irma La Douce (1963), and Buddy Buddy (1981). Outside of her work on Abbott and Costello's various television ventures, Joan Shawlee's TV career included regular roles on such series as The Betty Hutton Show, McHale's Navy, The Dick Van Dyke Show (as Morey Amsterdam's wife Pickles), and The Feather and Father Gang.

Highest Rated Movies



19% City Heat Peggy Barker 1984
No Score Yet Child Bride of Short Creek Isaac's mother 1981
62% Buddy Buddy Receptionist 1981
84% Farewell, My Lovely Woman in Ballroom 1975
No Score Yet Flash and the Firecat Rose 1975
No Score Yet One More Train To Rob Big Nellie 1971
57% Willard Alice Rickles 1971
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little Woman in Apartment 1968
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Edna 1967
50% Tony Rome Fat Candy 1967
No Score Yet The Reluctant Astronaut Blonde in bar 1967
61% The Wild Angels Mama Monahan 1966
No Score Yet Guerrillas in Pink Lace Actor 1964
No Score Yet Critic's Choice Marge Orr 1963
83% Irma La Douce Amazon Annie 1963
94% The Apartment Sylvia 1960
97% Some Like It Hot Sweet Sue 1959
0% A Farewell To Arms Nurse 1957
60% Conquest of Space Rosie 1955
97% A Star Is Born Announcer 1954
No Score Yet Casanova's Big Night Beatrice 1954
No Score Yet Francis Joins the WACs Sgt. Kipp 1954
No Score Yet Conquest of Space Actor 1954
92% From Here to Eternity Sandra 1953
No Score Yet Something for the Birds Woman in Station 1952
67% The Marrying Kind Dancer 1952
No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Girl 1951
80% Woman on the Run Blonde 1950
No Score Yet Prehistoric Women Lotee 1950
80% Buck Privates Come Home Sylvia Hunter 1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours Blonde 1947
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman Fulton 1947
No Score Yet Song of Scheherazade French Girl 1947
No Score Yet House of Horrors Stella McNally 1946


No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • 1963