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Joan Blondell

Born Aug 30, 1906

Rose Joan Blondell was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for five decades as Joan Blondell. After winning a beauty pageant, Blondell embarked upon a film career. Establishing herself as a sexy wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Brothers and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions.… Read More

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1906 Birth Born on August 30, 1906.


1926 19 Years Old Under the name Rosebud Blondell, she won the 1926 Miss Dallas pageant and placed fourth for Miss America in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September of that same year. … Read More


1927 20 Years Old Around 1927, she returned to New York, joined a stock company to become an actress, and performed on Broadway.
1930 23 Years Old In 1930, she starred with James Cagney in Penny Arcade. … Read More
1931 24 Years Old She began to appear in short subjects, and was named as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1931. … Read More
1933 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Her stirring rendition of "Remember My Forgotten Man" in the Busby Berkeley production of Gold Diggers of 1933, in which she co-starred with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, became an anthem for the frustrations of the unemployed and the government's failed economic policies.
1936 29 Years Old On 19 September 1936, she married her second husband, actor, director, and singer Dick Powell. … Read More


1937 30 Years Old In 1937, she starred opposite Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen.
1939 32 Years Old By the end of the decade, she had made nearly fifty films, leaving Warner Bros. in 1939.
1944 37 Years Old Blondell and Powell were divorced on 14 July 1944.
1945 38 Years Old Continuing to work regularly for the rest of her life, Blondell was well received in her later films, despite being relegated to character and supporting roles after 1945, when she was billed below the title for the first time in fourteen years in Adventure, which starred Clark Gable and Greer Garson. … Read More


1947 40 Years Old On July 5, 1947, Blondell married her third husband, producer Mike Todd, whom she divorced in 1950. … Read More


1963 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Blondell also guest starred in various television programs, including three episodes in 1963 as the character "Aunt Win" of the CBS sitcom The Real McCoys, starring Walter Brennan and Richard Crenna. … Read More
1965 58 Years Old In 1965, she was in the running to replace Vivian Vance as Lucille Ball's sidekick on the hit CBS television comedy series The Lucy Show. … Read More


1968 61 Years Old Blondell continued working on television. In 1968, she guest-starred on the CBS sitcom Family Affair, starring Brian Keith. … Read More
1972 65 Years Old In 1972, she had an ongoing supporting role in the NBC series Banyon as Peggy Revere, who operated a secretarial school in the same building as Banyon's detective agency. … Read More
1979 73 Years Old Blondell died of leukemia in Santa Monica, California, on Christmas Day 1979 at the age of 73 with her children and her sister at her bedside. … Read More
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