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Joan Shawlee

Lowest Rated:   0% A Farewell To Arms (1957)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
21% 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
63% Willard
  • Alice Rickles
1971
No Score Yet Live a Little, Love a Little
  • Woman in Apartment
1968
100% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre
  • Edna
1967
60% Tony Rome
  • Fat Candy
1967
No Score Yet The Reluctant Astronaut
  • Blonde in bar
1967
58% The Wild Angels
  • Mama Monahan
1966
No Score Yet Guerrillas in Pink Lace
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Critic's Choice
  • Marge Orr
1963
86% Irma La Douce
  • Amazon Annie
1963
93% The Apartment
  • Sylvia
1960
96% Some Like It Hot
  • Sweet Sue
1959
0% A Farewell To Arms
  • Nurse
1957
60% Conquest of Space
  • Rosie
1955
96% 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
No Score Yet 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

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