Joyce Jameson
Actress
Joyce Jameson
Joyce Jameson was an American actress best remembered for her blonde bimbo roles during the Marilyn Monroe period. She was known for many television roles including recurring guest appearances as “Skippy” one of the "fun girls" in the 1960s television series The Andy Griffith Show and also for film portrayals such as "The Blonde" in the 1960 Academy Award winner The Apartment.
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    FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 54
    On January 16, 1987, Jameson committed suicide by overdosing on pills at the age of 54.
    More Details Hide Details Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 43
    In the 1970s, Jameson had notable roles in films such as Death Race 2000 (1975) playing Grace Pander and she appeared in the 1976 Clint Eastwood western The Outlaw Josey Wales as Rose, further illustrating that her acting spanned a great number of genres.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and one of her last roles was Hardbodies (1984).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 35
    She also appeared in 1968's The Split, a crime film with Jim Brown and Warren Oates, and in an unsold comedy pilot for CBS called The Mouse That Roared but it was never released.
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  • 1967
    Age 34
    She acted opposite Vaughn as the guest star on U.N.C.L.E. episode #45, The Dippy Blond Affair in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details According to Vaughn's autobiography, A Fortunate Life, Jameson suffered from depression. She was also an insomniac and regularly took Miltown to help her sleep.
  • 1966
    Age 33
    For Jameson, 1966 proved to be an important year.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as Abigail in the Elvis Presley film Frankie and Johnny and in Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! alongside Bob Hope and Elke Sommer.
  • 1964
    Age 31
    In 1964, she appeared as a hotel hooker in the comedy Good Neighbor Sam, starring Jack Lemmon and Romy Schneider.
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  • 1963
    Age 30
    Jameson was also a television actress. She made two appearances on Perry Mason: first as Lorraine Iverson who killed her husband in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Floating Stones", then as Dolly Jameson in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Feather Cloak".
    More Details Hide Details She also had roles on Gunsmoke, Club Oasis, "Stagecoach West" The Twilight Zone, McHale's Navy, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, F-Troop, Hogan's Heroes (1967 episode: "The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery", as Mady Pleiffer), Alias Smith and Jones, Emergency! and Barney Miller. Towards the late 1970s she appeared in Charlie's Angels and The Feather and Father Gang, and in the early 1980s in The Love Boat. Her ongoing role as Skippy paired with Daphne (played by Jean Carson) in the The Andy Griffith Show established The Fun Girls, and inspired the characters for the later series Laverne & Shirley. She was married to actor/songwriter Billy Barnes for many years; they had one child, a son named Tyler Barnes. Subsequently, Jameson was a longtime girlfriend of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 29
    In 1962, she starred alongside Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in the Roger Corman horror film Tales of Terror as Annabel Herringbone.
    More Details Hide Details She played Lorre's vulgar, unfaithful wife and during the course of the film she and her paramour (Price) were locked up in Lorre's wine cellar. One year later, she again starred alongside Lorre and Price in the raucous comedy The Comedy of Terrors (released in 1964), where she was more typically cast as she had been in the 1950s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 18
    She made her film debut in 1951 playing a chorus girl dancer in the motion picture Show Boat.
    More Details Hide Details Her other notable film credits of that early period included Problem Girls (1953), Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) and The Apartment (1960).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on September 26, 1932.
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