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.
1909 2 Years Old Rose Joan Blondell was born in New York to a vaudeville family, and gave her birthdate as August 30, 1909. … Read More


1926 19 Years Old Under the name Rosebud Blondell, she won the 1926 Miss Dallas pageant, was a finalist in an early version of the Miss Universe pageant in May 1926, 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 September 19, 1936, she married her second husband, actor, director, and singer Dick Powell. … Read More


1937 - 1939 2 More Events
1943 36 Years Old In 1943, Blondell returned to Broadway as the star of Mike Todd's short-lived production of The Naked Genius, a comedy written by Gypsy Rose Lee.
1944 37 Years Old Blondell and Powell were divorced on July 14, 1944.
1945 38 Years Old She 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 14 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
1948 41 Years Old In 1948, she left the screen for three years and concentrated on theatre, performing in summer stock and touring with Cole Porter's musical, Something for the Boys. … Read More
1950 43 Years Old Blondell returned to Hollywood in 1950. … Read More


1963 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Blondell also guest-starred in various television programs, including three 1963 episodes as the character Aunt Win in 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
1974 67 Years Old In 1974, Blondell played the wife of Tom D'Andrea's character in the television film, Bobby Parker and Company, with Ted Bessell in the starring role as the son of Blondell and D'Andrea. … Read More
1979 73 Years Old Blondell died of leukemia in Santa Monica, California, on Christmas Day, 1979, with her children and her sister at her bedside. … Read More
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