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Joanna Lee

Highest Rated: 67% Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Lowest Rated: 67% Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Birthday: Apr 07, 1931

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Born April 7, 1931, Joanna Lee was a single mother in her 20s when she began her career as an actress, gathering small roles in B-movies such as "The Brain Eaters" and the cult-favorite "Plan 9 from Outer Space." Shortly after appearing on the TV Shows "Leave It to Beaver" and "Miami Undercover," Lee was in an automobile accident and, after recuperation, returned to the industry with the ambitions of becoming a writer. Her first gig as a scribe for the animated classic "The Flintstones" led to further work on such live-action comedies and dramas as "Julia," "Room 222," "The Brady Bunch," "Gilligan's Island," "I Dream of Jeannie," and "Death Valley Days" (a show on which she had previously acted). Lee contributed five scripts to the 1972-1981 rural family drama "The Waltons" during its early seasons, taking home an Emmy for the episode "The Thanksgiving Story." After forming her own production company, the actress-turned-writer produced a spate of made-for-TV movies that included the Emmy-nominated sports documentary "Babe" and the cosmetic-surgery character study "Mirror, Mirror," on which she made her directorial debut. She cast her son, the actor Christopher Ciampa, in the 1980 family drama "Children of Divorce," basing much of its content on real-life dynamics. Lee became a prolific, Humanitas Prize-winning force behind TV's popular "ABC Afterschool Specials" before publishing her autobiography, "A Difficult Woman in Hollywood," in 1999. She died from bone cancer at the age of 72.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Children of Divorce Director - 1980
No Score Yet 25% Mirror, Mirror Director - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mulligan's Stew Producer - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night Producer - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Want to Keep My Baby Producer - 1976
67% 46% Plan 9 From Outer Space Tanna (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 17% The Brain Eaters Alice Summers (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Tina (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Writer 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Writer 1969-1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petticoat Junction Writer 1967-1968
90% 73% Gilligan's Island Writer 1965-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Writer 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Laura (Character),
Writer
1964-1965 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bewitched Writer 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Writer 1962

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