Joan Shawlee

Joan Shawlee

Highest Rated: 98% A Star Is Born (1954)

Lowest Rated: 57% Willard (1971)

Birthday: Mar 05, 1926

Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, USA

While working as a nightclub performer in her native New York City, Joan Shawlee was discovered by comedian Lou Costello of the Abbott and Costello comedy duo. Costello was so impressed by Shawlee that he cast her as an Army lieutenant in the 1947 Abbott and Costello war comedy "Buck Privates Come Home." Shawlee was billed as Joan Fulton in that film and several others, including 1947's "The Vigilantes Return" and "Woman on the Run" in 1950. By the mid-1950s she was credited by her birth name, Joan Shawlee, and started to gain credibility as a wisecracking comedienne, helped in part by her many appearances on TV's "The Abbott and Costello Show." It wasn't until she was cast alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in 1959's screwball classic "Some Like It Hot," however, that Shawlee's career really began to take off. Shawlee played the tyrannical bandleader Sweet Sue, and quickly earned a fan in the film's director, Billy Wilder. Wilder continued to cast Shawlee in choice supporting roles in several of his later films, including 1960's "The Apartment," 1963's "Irma La Douce," and his last film, 1981's "Buddy Buddy," in which Shawlee played a receptionist.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% 43% Buddy Buddy Receptionist (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 43% Child Bride of Short Creek Isaac's mother (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Never Con a Killer Margo (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matt Helm Unknown (Character) - 1975
57% 38% Willard Alice (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Men Tell No Tales Polly Grant (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 65% Live a Little, Love a Little Robbie's Mother (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guerrillas in Pink Lace Miss Gloria Maxine (Character) - 1964
76% 79% Irma La Douce Amazon Annie (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 39% Critic's Choice Marge Orr (Character) - 1963
93% 94% The Apartment Sylvia (Character) - 1960
95% 94% Some Like It Hot Sweet Sue (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bowery to Bagdad Velma "Cindy Lou" Calhoun (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Francis Joins the WACS Sgt. Kipp (Character) - 1954
98% 81% A Star Is Born Announcer (uncredited) (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 86% About Mrs. Leslie Girl at Nightclub (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 81% Casanova's Big Night Beatrice D'Brizzi (Character) - 1954
67% 65% The Marrying Kind Party Guest Dancer (uncredited) (Character) - 1952
86% 79% Woman on the Run Blonde (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 8% Prehistoric Women Lotee (Character) - 1950
80% No Score Yet Buck Privates Come Home Sylvia Hunter (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Runaround Mamie "Baby" Willis (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Lovers Meet Janie (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cuban Pete Ann (Character) - 1946

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Woman in Park (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Feather and Father Gang Margo (Character) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix (Annie) Duchess (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Mitilda (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abbott & Costello Show Unknown (Character) 1952-1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show Pickles Sorrell (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rifleman Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldie Lorna (Guest Star) 1959-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories of the Century Unknown (Guest Star) 1954

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