Joan Bennett
Actress
Joan Bennett
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).
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Kara Kennedy, Daughter of Edward Kennedy, Dies at 51
NYTimes - over 5 years
Kara Kennedy, the daughter of Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, died Friday after a workout at a Washington-area health club. She was 51. The cause was a heart attack, according to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, which announced the death. Her brother Patrick J. Kennedy, a former Rhode Island
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Carole Lombard on TCM: MY MAN GODFREY, NOTHING SACRED, THE RACKETEER - Alt Film Guide (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And finally, it'll be interesting to check out a movie directed by Howard Higgin, who handled several future movie and/or stage stars at the beginning of their film careers: Lombard in The Racketeer and High Voltage (1929), Lombard and Joan Bennett in
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'Dark Shadows' Brings Blood Lust To Brooklyn Marriott Conference - Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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“Dark Shadows” aired from 1966 to 1971, starring (among many others) Jonathan Frid as the conflicted vampire Barnabas Collins, David Selby as the malicious ghost of Quentin Collins, Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, and Grayson Hall as Dr
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Gems found among August video releases - San Antonio Express
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Post-traumatic veteran Robert Ryan has undersea nightmares before he falls for title femme Joan Bennett, stuck in a sado-masochistic marriage to blind artist Charles Bickford. The story sets up various expectations and perhaps goes nowhere but has
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Rent redux: City Council tweaks rent stabilization law - Napa Valley Register
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Vice Mayor Joan Bennett suggested shifting the responsibility for appointing an expert to the head of the county's fair housing agency. Councilmember Mark Joseph questioned who would pay for the expert and described the additional process as costly and
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Virgil Stanfield: Theaters had grace, style in the old days - Mansfield News Journal
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Joan Bennett, Donald Cook, John Raitt, Tom Ewell, Hans Conreid, Dorothy Lamour and Tandy Cronyn were among the stars who came here in Broadway productions. James D. Merrill, who retired last week after being affiliated with the Ohio for more than 20
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kathryn Leigh Scott Reflects On DARK SHADOWS and Tells Us ... - We Love Soaps
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Several actors including Joan Bennett (Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) signed them. I believe Louis Edmonds (Roger Collins) may have signed one as well, maybe Thayer David (Professor T. Elliot Stokes). I wasn't there. I didn't sign the document
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'Dark Shadows' days - Bay Area Reporter
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It's easy to spot characters based on Scott's real-life co-stars, such as Moira Shaw, Passages' leading lady, a stand-in for 1940s film-noir bad girl Joan Bennett, who capped her long career as Dark Shadows' top-billed star
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Martha Trousdale - Paducah Sun
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She is survived by her daughter, Janice Dublin of Longwood; her son, Darrel Rex Trousdale of Chicago; her sister, Joan Bennett of Mayfield, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Macon Trousdale; and her daughter,
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Caltrans awards $300000 for Highway 29 study - Napa Valley Register
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District 5 Supervisor Keith Caldwell is chair of the board and Mayor Leon Garcia and Vice Mayor Joan Bennett are city delegates. “This is exciting stuff,” said Garcia. “Traffic is the number one problem in American Canyon.” Saying he'd visited St
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Summit: Paid Shopper Parking Halted, Again, By Bond Ordinance Failure - Patch.com
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"Paid parking is a terrible, horrible, discouraging idea," said resident Joan Bennett. "People will not want to come to Summit to shop." However, tension arose at the meeting between members of council and between the audience and council when Council
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'Little Women' on outdoor screen - knox.VillageSoup.com
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This, the 1933 movie version, chronicles the lives and loves of sisters Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth played, respectively, by Katharine Hepburn, Frances Dee, Joan Bennett and Jean Parker). Character actress Edna May Oliver is at her indignant best as Aunt
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Michelle Pfeiffer...and me? - Atlantic Highlands Herald
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Pfeiffer is only three years younger than Joan Bennett when she assumed the role. The character is a woman in her fifties and the mother of a teenage girl. That's why Pfeiffer was cast. She's much too old to be cast as vixen Angelique
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Evidence not ready in €31000 theft case - New Ross Standard
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Joan Bennett from Ballymaclare is facing five theft charges, dating December 17, 2009, February 1, 2010, February 9, 2010, February 10, 2010 and February 12, 2010 and a charge of attempted larceny on February 25, 2010 all at the Permanent TSB Bank on
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Lake Contrary Residents Ready if Evacuation Ordered - KQ2 | StJoeChannel
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Joan Bennett has lived in Lake Contrary since 1979. In that time, she has seen the river rise and fall several times. Bennett says this flood has given her and other residents enough time to prepare for a possible evacuation
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Cranky Hanke's Screening Room: Der Bingle on DVD - Mountain Xpress
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Of course, there's a younger sister (played by actually slightly older Joan Bennett), who really loves him, but is “just a kid.” She grows up over the course of the film—and Bing grows a very unwise mustache—and, after some misunderstandings,
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Too late for grieving sisters - Boston Herald
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Joan Bennett, who was 6 in 1967, remembers confusion. Was her father hiding someplace? Life had seemed normal enough. Her father was around for dinners and breakfasts of bacon and eggs on an electric frying pan. He ran Walter's Lounge on Dudley Street
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joan Bennett
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 79
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She is interred in Pleasant View Cemetery, Lyme, Connecticut, with her parents. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in Motion Pictures, at 6310 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood. Bennett appeared in a large number of motion pictures, as well as network television productions, series work and made-for-TV movies, which are listed here in their entirety.
  • 1986
    Age 75
    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."
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  • 1981
    Age 70
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I'd be wanted by all studios for all pictures."
  • 1978
    Age 67
    On February 14, 1978, she and retired publisher/movie critic David Wilde were married in White Plains, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Their marriage lasted until her death.
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 61
    She starred in five made-for-TV movies between 1972 and 1982.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 59
    Her autobiography, The Bennett Playbill, written with Lois Kibbee, was published in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Other TV guest appearances include Bennett's roles as Joan Darlene Delaney in an episode of The Governor & J.J. (1970) and as Edith in an episode of Love, American Style (1971).
    In 1970, she appeared as Elizabeth in House of Dark Shadows, the feature film adaptation of the series.
    More Details Hide Details She declined to appear in the sequel Night of Dark Shadows however, and her character Elizabeth was mentioned as being recently deceased.
  • 1966
    Age 55
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her other roles on Dark Shadows were Naomi Collins, Judith Collins Trask, Elizabeth Collins Stoddard PT, Flora Collins, and Flora Collins PT.
  • 1965
    Age 54
    Despite the shooting scandal and the damage it caused Bennett's career, she and Wanger remained married until 1965.
    More Details Hide Details She continued to work steadily on the stage and in television, including her guest role as Denise Mitchell in an episode of TV's Burke's Law.
  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She starred on Broadway in the comedy Love Me Little (1958), which ran for only eight performances.
  • 1954
    Age 43
    Her next TV appearance was in the role as Bettina Blane for an episode of General Electric Theater in 1954.
    More Details Hide Details Other roles include Honora in Climax! (1955) and Vickie Maxwell in Playhouse 90 (1957).
  • 1951
    Age 40
    For twelve years, Bennett was represented by agent Jennings Lang. She and the onetime vice-president of the Sam Jaffe Agency, who now headed MCA's West Coast television operations, met on the afternoon of December 13, 1951, to talk over an upcoming TV show.
    More Details Hide Details Bennett parked her Cadillac convertible in the lot at the back of the MCA offices, at Santa Monica Boulevard and Rexford Drive, across the street from the Beverly Hills Police Department, and she and Lang drove off in his car. Meanwhile, her husband Walter Wanger drove by at about 2:30 p.m. and noticed his wife's car parked there. Half an hour later, he again saw her car there and stopped to wait. Bennett and Lang drove into the parking lot a few hours later and he walked her to her convertible. As she started the engine, turned on the headlights and prepared to drive away, Lang leaned on the car, with both hands raised to his shoulders, and talked to her. In a fit of jealousy, Wanger walked up and twice shot and wounded the unsuspecting agent. One bullet hit Jennings in the right thigh, near the hip, and the other penetrated his groin. Bennett said she did not see Wanger at first. She said she suddenly saw two livid flashes, then Lang slumped to the ground. As soon as she recognized who had fired the shots, she told Wanger, "Get away and leave us alone." He tossed the pistol into his wife's car.
    With the increasing popularity of television, Bennett made five guest appearances in 1951, including an episode of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca's Your Show of Shows.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Wanger suspected that Lang and Bennett were having an affair, a charge which she adamantly denied. Bennett married four times. In the 1960s, she achieved success for her portrayal of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard on TV's Dark Shadows, for which she received an Emmy nomination (1968). For her final movie role, as Madame Blanc in Dario Argento's cult horror film Suspiria (1977), she received a Saturn Award nomination. In her New York Times obituary she was said to be " one of the most underrated actresses of her time". She was born in the Palisades section of Fort Lee, New Jersey, the third of three daughters of actor Richard Bennett and actress/literary agent Adrienne Morrison. Her older sisters were actress Constance Bennett and actress/dancer Barbara Bennett, who was the first wife of singer Morton Downey and the mother of Morton Downey, Jr.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They also played Amy March in Little Women - Bennett in the 1933 RKO version; Taylor in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer remake in 1949.). Combined with her sultry eyes and husky voice, Bennett's new brunette look gave her an earthier, more arresting persona. She won praise for her performances as Brenda Bentley in the crime/drama The House Across the Bay (1940), also featuring George Raft, and as Carol Hoffman in the anti-Nazi drama The Man I Married, a film in which Francis Lederer also starred. She then appeared in a sequence of highly regarded film noir thrillers directed by Fritz Lang, with whom she and Wanger formed their own production company. Bennett appeared in four movies under Lang's direction, including as Cockney Jerry Stokes in Man Hunt (1941) opposite Walter Pidgeon, as mysterious model Alice Reed in The Woman in the Window (1944) with Edward G. Robinson, and as vulgar blackmailer Katharine "Kitty" March in Scarlet Street (1945), another film with Robinson.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 29
    On January 12, 1940, Bennett and Walter Wanger were married in Phoenix. They were divorced in September 1965 in Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details They had two children together, Stephanie Wanger (born June 26, 1943) and Shelley Wanger (born July 4, 1948).
  • 1932
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had one child, Melinda Markey (born February 27, 1934, on Bennett's 24th birthday). Bennett left Fox to play Amy, a pert sister competing with Katharine Hepburn's Jo in Little Women (1933), which was directed by George Cukor for RKO. This movie brought Bennett to the attention of independent film producer Walter Wanger, who signed her to a contract and began managing her career. She played the role of Sally MacGregor, a psychiatrist's young wife slipping into insanity, in Private Worlds (1935) with Joel McCrea. Wanger and director Tay Garnett persuaded Bennett to change her hair from blonde to brunette as part of the plot for her role as Kay Kerrigan in the scenic Trade Winds (1938) opposite Fredric March. With her change in appearance, Bennett began an entirely new screen career as her persona evolved into that of a glamorous, seductive femme fatale. She played the role of Princess Maria Theresa in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) opposite Louis Hayward, and the role of the Grand Duchess Zona of Lichtenburg in The Son of Monte Cristo (1940) opposite Hayward.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They had one child, Adrienne Ralston Fox (born February 20, 1928), for whom Bennet fought successfully in court to rename Diana Bennett Markey, when the child was eight years old, changed again to Diana Bennett Wanger in 1944. Bennett's stage debut was at age 18, acting with her father in Jarnegan (1928), which ran on Broadway for 136 performances and for which she received good reviews. By age 19, she had become a movie star through such roles as Phyllis Benton in the mystery/thriller talkie Bulldog Drummond starring Ronald Colman, which was her first important role, and Lady Clarissa Pevensey opposite George Arliss in the biopic Disraeli (both 1929). She moved quickly from movie to movie throughout the 1930s. Bennett appeared as a blonde (her natural hair color) for several years. She starred in the role of Dolores Fenton in the United Artists musical Puttin' on the Ritz (1930) opposite Harry Richman and as Faith Mapple, his beloved, opposite John Barrymore in an early sound version of Moby Dick (1930) at Warner Brothers Studios.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Born
    Born on February 27, 1910.
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