Joan Bennett

Born Feb 27, 1910

Joan Geraldine Bennett was an American stage, film and television actress. Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies well into the sound era. She is possibly best-remembered for her film noir femme fatale roles in director Fritz Lang's movies such as The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).… Read More

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1910 Birth Born on February 27, 1910.


1926 16 Years Old On September 15, 1926, 16 year old Bennett married John M. Fox in London. They were divorced on July 30, 1928 in Los Angeles, on charges of his alcoholism. … Read More


1932 22 Years Old On March 16, 1932, she married screenwriter/film producer Gene Markey in Los Angeles, but the couple divorced in Los Angeles on June 3, 1937. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old On January 12, 1940, Bennett and Walter Wanger were married in Phoenix. They were divorced in September 1965 in Mexico. … Read More
1949 39 Years Old The following year on March 13, 1949, she became a grandmother at age 39, similar to her co-star Elizabeth Taylor who became a grandmother at the same age (she and Taylor also shared a February 27 birthday, and each gave birth to one of their children on their birthdays. … Read More


In 1951, Bennett's screen career was marred by scandal after her third husband, film producer Walter Wanger, shot and injured her agent Jennings Lang. … Read More
1954 44 Years Old …  Her next TV appearance was in the role as Bettina Blane for an episode of General Electric Theater in 1954. … Read More
1958 48 Years Old In 1958, she appeared as the mother in the short-lived television comedy/drama Too Young to Go Steady to teenagers played by Brigid Bazlen and Martin Huston. … Read More


1965 55 Years Old Despite the shooting scandal and the damage it caused Bennett's career, she and Wanger remained married until 1965. … Read More
1966 56 Years Old Bennett received star billing on the gothic daytime television soap opera Dark Shadows, which attracted a major cult TV following, for its entire five-year run, 1966 to 1971, receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 1968 for her performance as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, mistress of the haunted Collinwood Mansion. … Read More


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In 1970, she appeared as Elizabeth in House of Dark Shadows, the feature film adaptation of the series. … Read More
1972 62 Years Old She starred in five made-for-TV movies between 1972 and 1982.
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Bennett also appeared in one more feature film, as Madame Blanc in Italian director Dario Argento's horror thriller Suspiria (1977), for which she received a 1978 Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
1981 71 Years Old Of the scandal, in a 1981 interview, Bennett contrasted the judgmental 1950's with the sensation-crazed 70's and 80's. "It would never happen that way today," she said, laughing. "If it happened today, I'd be a sensation. … Read More
1986 76 Years Old Celebrated for not taking herself too seriously, Bennett said in a 1986 interview, "I don't think much of most of the films I made, but being a movie star was something I liked very much."
1990 81 Years Old Bennett died of heart failure on the Friday evening of December 7, 1990, at age 80 from a heart attack at her home in Scarsdale, New York. … Read More
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