Joan Juliet Buck

Actor and Writer

Joan Juliet Buck is an American writer, social critic, and actress. She was the editor in chief of French Vogue from 1994 to 2001.

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1948 Birth Born in 1948, she is the only child of Jules Buck (1917–2001), an American film producer, who moved his family to Europe in 1952 in reaction to the political repression in the United States at the time. … Read More


1968 20 Years Old Dropping out of Sarah Lawrence College to work at Glamour magazine as a book reviewer in 1968, Buck became the features editor of British Vogue at the age of 23, then a correspondent for Women's Wear Daily in London and Rome. … Read More
1977 29 Years Old In 1977, Buck married John Heilpern, a journalist and writer; they divorced in the 1980s.


1980 32 Years Old A contributing editor to American Vogue from 1980 and also Vanity Fair, she also published profiles and essays in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review.


1990 42 Years Old As movie critic for American Vogue from 1990 to 1994, she served on the New York Film Festival selection committee the year its program included Chen Kaige's Farewell, My Concubine, Jane Campion's The Piano, and Robert Altman's Short Cuts.
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From 1994 to 2001 she was editor-in-chief of French Vogue, where she doubled the magazine's circulation and produced thematic year-end issues on cinema, art, music, sex, theater, and quantum physics. … Read More


2002 54 Years Old She began studying acting in 2002, and appears in a supporting role in Nora Ephron's 2009 movie Julie & Julia as Madame Elisabeth Brassart, head of the famed Le Cordon Bleu cooking school. … Read More


2009 61 Years Old In November 2009, she appeared in an action theater piece with other actors for Performa09 at the White Slab Palace in New York City. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old In 2010, Buck played Mrs. Prest in an adaptation of The Aspern Papers, a Henry James novella, directed by first-time filmmaker Mariana Hellmund.
2011 63 Years Old In its March 2011 issue, Vogue published a profile that Buck wrote about Asma al-Assad, wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, describing her as "glamorous, young and very chic—the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies." … Read More
2012 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In February 2012, Buck went on "The Unchained Tour" through Georgia with George Green, founder of The Moth.
2013 65 Years Old 1 More Event
She played Marguerite Duras in Irina Brook's La Vie Materielle that spring and again in 2013 at La MaMa E.T.C. theater in New York City alongside Nicole Ansari from Deadwood.
2015 67 Years Old In 2015, Buck appeared in the Supergirl episode "Red Faced," playing Katherine Grant, the mother of CatCo founder Cat Grant.
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