Known for movies
Knots Landing (1979-1993)
as Valene Ewing / Valene Gibson / Valene Waleska
The Young and the Restless (2004-2005)
as Gloria Fisher / Gloria Abbott / Gloria Fisher Abbo
The New Temperatures Rising Show (1972-1973)
as Nurse Annie Carlisle
as Karen Crockett
Joan Van Ark is an American actress, best known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing.
Joan was born on June 16, 1943 in New York City, the daughter of Mary (née McCarty) and Richard Van Ark. She has two sisters, Mary and Nancy. Joan was educated at the High School of Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.
Joan’s acting career began on the stage, appearing in such Broadway productions as The School for Scandal and The Crucible. She made her television debut in 1966 on an episode of The Doctors. Her film debut came the following year in The Happening.
Joan’s breakout role came in 1978 when she was cast as Valene Ewing on Knots Landing. She played the role for 14 seasons, until the series ended in 1993. During her time on the show, she earned two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series.
Since Knots Landing, Joan has appeared in a number of television shows and films, including Dallas, Melrose Place, The Young and the Restless, and Beverly Hills, 90210. She has also appeared in the films The Beverly Hillbillies and Batman Forever.
Joan has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Gary Devore, with whom she had one child, actor James Van Ark. Her second husband is actor John Marshall Jones. She has two stepchildren from her second marriage.
Joan currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Full Name Joan Van Ark Profession Voice Actor Education Yale School of Drama Nationality American Family
Spouse John Marshall Children Vanessa Marshall Parents Dorothy Jean Hemenway, Carroll Van Ark Siblings Carol Kuykendall, Mark Clark Van Ark, Dexter J. Van Ark Accomplishments
Awards TV Land Anniversary Award Nominations Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play Movies Frogs, Moment of Truth: A Mother's Deception, Always Remember I Love You, The Last Dinosaur, Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White House, Red Flag: The Ultimate Game, Held for Ransom, The Judge and Jake Wyler, My First Love, It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown, Tainted Blood, Tornado Warning, Net Gam... TV Shows Knots Landing, Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac, Spider-Woman, Peyton Place, McMillan & Wife, Temperatures Rising, Thundarr the Barbarian, Santo Bugito, Pretty the Series, Tarzan and the Super 7, Testimony of Two Men, Matt Lincoln, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Client, The Silent For... Social profile links Marks
# Marks / Signs 1 Natural blonde hair 2 Light blue eyes 3 Southern accent 4 Deep sultry voice Quotes
# Quote 1 [Of herself along with Michele Lee]: When two characters or two actresses are together for a while there is bound to be chemistry developing. I think Michele and Joan do adore one another, and the writers saw something between the lines there, and they wrote toward that. I didn't even know Michele before we started the show but we became great friends, and still are. 2 You've got to realize that any lady on a soap is devoting her life to it, 24/7. 3 When you're on a long running series, you reach a very rarefied, high oxygen area and after a while to keep a show on the air they have to make some very drastic changes. 4 [on her religion]: I'm Presbyterian and I don't go to church very much. 5 [on a long-running prime-time soap opera]: What I'm surprised at this time around is how emotional it's been. And I'm getting all verklempt even now. 6 [When her series' star and best friend Michele Lee, who played Karen Fairgate MacKenzie, became a director on Knots Landing (1979)]: She just sort of picked, cause Michele has the director vibe in her, and she just picked some scenes that, you know, were just - not generic - but signature Knots kind of scenes, and I was just in awe of the work. I mean, there was one that I did see because I watched the first maybe fifteen minutes of the reunion, and there was a scene where I got married to Ben where Ted said, 'May I kiss the bride?' 7 [on why its time for another Knots Landing (1979) reunion show] They want to see if we're in wheelchairs and walkers yet. Facts
# Fact 1 Had left her best-known role on Knots Landing (1979), at the end of the thirteenth season to star in the pilot of the NBC sitcom that was ill-fated, therefore, she returned for the series finale. 2 Credits Barbara Bel Geddes as her favorite acting mentor/best friend. 3 Her acting mentor was the late Barbara Bel Geddes. 4 Met Kevin Dobson on the set of Kojak (1973), in 1977, and became close friends. They worked together on _'Knots Landing'_. 5 Before she was a successful actress, as an unfamiliar/struggling actress, she worked with everybody in the business from: James Drury, Michael Landon, Burt Reynolds, Telly Savalas, Buddy Ebsen, James Arness, James Garner, Frances Reid, Raymond Burr, William Conrad, Bette Davis, Chuck Connors, Lee Majors, Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, among many others. 6 Replaced Marlo Thomas (who broke her ankle) at the request of Richard Benjamin in the London stage production (Piccadilly Theatre) of Barefoot in the Park. 7 She has played the same character (Valene Ewing) on three different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012). 8 Friends with: Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Kevin Dobson, Susan Sullivan, Lorenzo Lamas, Sharon Gless and Larry Manetti. 9 Her idol when she was young was Jane Wyman, the same idol as her future Knots Landing (1979) co-star, Donna Mills. 10 Ex-mother-in-law of Andrew Kishino. 11 Best known by the public for her role as Valene Clements Ewing on Knots Landing (1979). 12 Her paternal grandfather was of Dutch descent. 13 Grew up in Boulder, Colorado. 14 Her name is literally "Joan of Ark" in Dutch. 15 Friend of Jane Kaczmarek and Asaad Kelada. 16 Born to Carroll Van Ark, who worked in advertising and public relations, and his wife Dorothy Jean Hemenway, a writer. 17 Has appeared with Ted Shackelford in episodes of three different series: Wonder Woman (1975), Dallas (1978) and Knots Landing (1979). 18 Was nominated for Broadway's 1971 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The School for Wives." 19 Sister of Carol Kuykendall. 20 Has two brothers, Dexter J. Van Ark and Mark Clark Van Ark. 21 Was the second youngest student to attend Yale School of Drama on a scholarship, the youngest was Julie Harris, later playing her mother on Knots Landing (1979). 22 Runs marathons and is something of a Track and Field historian. 23 Gave birth to her daughter Vanessa Marshall on 19 October 1969. 24 Was a Weakest Link (2001) contestant and was voted off. Pictures Movies Actress
Title Year Status Character The Bold Ones: The New Doctors 1971 TV Series Evelyn Borden Hawaii Five-O 1970 TV Series Freda Cowan Dan August 1970 TV Series Harrison's Secretary Matt Lincoln 1970 TV Series Katherine The Silent Force 1970 TV Series Gunsmoke 1969 TV Series Sarah Jean Stryker The Guns of Will Sonnett 1969 TV Series Laurie Bonanza 1969 TV Series Annie Laurie Adams Mod Squad 1968 TV Series April Showers Peyton Place 1968 TV Series Paula Dixon / Nurse Paula Dixon The Felony Squad 1968 TV Series Lynne Thackeray Run for Your Life 1967 TV Series Donna Hayward Days of Our Lives 1965 TV Series Janie Whitney #3 (1970) Fallout 4 2015 Video Game Bonnie Tournquist / Phyllis Daily / Roslyn Chambers (voice) The 636 2014 Short Rose Watercolor Postcards 2013 Momma Dallas 2013 TV Series Valene Ewing Pretty the Series 2011-2012 TV Series Miss Senior Someone Archer 2011 TV Series Ruth Nip/Tuck 2008-2010 TV Series Annette Wainwright My Name Is Earl 2009 TV Series Janine Channels 2008 Megan Phillips Diamond Zero 2005 The Hemingway Diamond The Young and the Restless 2004-2005 TV Series Gloria Fisher / Gloria Abbott / Gloria Fisher Abbott The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy 2004 TV Series Wanda / Woman / Mandy #3 Net Games 2003 Dr. Klein Tornado Warning 2002 TV Movie Mayor McAnders UP, Michigan! 2001 Deborah Michaels Son of the Beach 2001 TV Series Ima Cummings Twice in a Lifetime 2001 TV Series Camilla Bianco / Anna Held for Ransom 2000 Nancy Donavan It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown 2000 TV Movie Secretary (voice) Loyal Opposition 1998 Vice President Elizabeth Lane The Nanny 1998 TV Series Margo Lange Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac 1997 TV Mini-Series Valene Ewing Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1997 TV Series Queen Esther Wing Commander Academy 1996 TV Series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1996 TV Series Jewel Pemberton The Client 1996 TV Series Gretchen Wainwright Touched by an Angel 1996 TV Series Kim Carpenter Women of the House 1995 TV Series Joan Van Ark When the Dark Man Calls 1995 TV Movie Julianne Kaiser Santo Bugito 1995 TV Series Amelia Moment of Truth: Cult Rescue 1994 TV Movie Nora McGill ABC Afterschool Specials 1974-1994 TV Series Susan Cooper / Roxanne In the Shadows, Someone's Watching 1993 TV Movie Cinnie Merritt Knots Landing 1979-1993 TV Series Valene Ewing
Valene Waleska Tainted Blood 1993 TV Movie Mrs. Drew Terror on Track 9 1992 TV Movie Leslie Renner Dallas 1978-1991 TV Series Valene Ewing
Valene Clements Always Remember I Love You 1990 TV Movie Martha Mendham Menu for Murder 1990 TV Movie Julia Alberts My First Love 1988 TV Movie Claire Thomas Shakedown on the Sunset Strip 1988 TV Movie Brenda Allen The Love Boat 1979-1984 TV Series Deborah Marshall / Lila Chandler / Mary Sue Huggins / ... Glitter 1984 TV Series Thundarr the Barbarian 1980-1981 TV Series Cinda, Voice of Crystal / Captain Corden Red Flag: The Ultimate Game 1981 TV Movie Marie Spider-Woman 1979-1980 TV Series Spider-Woman
Jessica Drew Vega$ 1979 TV Series Dr. Haven Grant Wonder Woman 1978 TV Series Cassandra M*A*S*H 1973-1978 TV Series Lt. Erica Johnson Tarzan and the Super 7 1978 TV Series Moray (1978) (voice) Quark 1978 TV Series Princess Libido Having Babies 1978 TV Series Joyce Quincy M.E. 1978 TV Series Bert Phillips We've Got Each Other 1977-1978 TV Series Dee Dee Baldwin The Waverly Wonders 1978 TV Series Joyce Testimony of Two Men 1977 TV Mini-Series Jane Robson McMillan & Wife 1977 TV Series Georgie Kojak 1977 TV Series Det. Josephine Long The Last Dinosaur 1977 Francesca 'Frankie' Banks The Rockford Files 1974-1977 TV Series Christina Marks / Susan Alexander / Barbara Kelbaker The Six Million Dollar Man 1976 TV Series Valerie Sheffield Petrocelli 1976 TV Series Chris Parker Joe Forrester 1976 TV Series Medical Story 1975 TV Series Peggy Fowler The Last of the Mohicans 1975 TV Movie Cora Munro (voice) Medical Center 1971-1975 TV Series Eileen / Chris / Deborah Walters Barbary Coast 1975 TV Series Eleanor Beaumont Rhoda 1975 TV Series Marian Gerard Shell Game 1975 TV Movie Shirley Great Performances 1975 TV Series Silvia Gala Cannon 1971-1974 TV Series Anna Meister / Nona / Francine Dexter The Manhunter 1974 TV Series Ironside 1974 TV Series Caroline Ward Barnaby Jones 1974 TV Series Sheila Barner The F.B.I. 1969-1974 TV Series Angie Cameron / Julie Rhodes / Cynthia Scott / ... Big Rose: Double Trouble 1974 TV Movie Nina The Girl with Something Extra 1974 TV Series Firehouse 1974 TV Series Cynthia Mannix 1973 TV Series Jennifer Crane The New Temperatures Rising Show 1972-1973 TV Series Nurse Annie Carlisle The Judge and Jake Wyler 1972 TV Movie Alicia Dodd Night Gallery 1972 TV Series Sondra Blanco Love, American Style 1970-1972 TV Series Alice (segment "Love and the Triple Threat") / Jelen (segment "Love and the Proposal") Captain Newman, M.D. 1972 TV Movie Frogs 1972 Karen Crockett The Odd Couple 1972 TV Series Trudy Director
Title Year Status Character ABC Afterschool Specials 1994 TV Series 1 episode Knots Landing 1992-1993 TV Series 2 episodes Self
Title Year Status Character Beverly Hills Royal 2015 TV Series documentary Frogs: Buried in Frogs with Joan Van Ark 2015 Video short Herself Home & Family 2014 TV Series Herself The Nicole Barrett Show 2014 TV Series Herself Oprah: Where Are They Now? 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest RuPaul's Drag Race 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge / Herself Pioneers of Television 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself The Talk 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest Celebrity Ghost Stories 2012 TV Series documentary Herself 80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2011 TV Movie Herself Totally Tracked Down 2010 TV Series Herself The Early Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest Catch 21 2009 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers 2009 TV Special Herself - Audience (uncredited) The 7th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 TV Special Herself TV Land Moguls 2009 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself The Florence Henderson Show 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest Today 1980-2008 TV Series Herself - Guest TV Land's Top Ten 2005-2006 TV Series documentary Herself Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself / Valene Ewing TV Land Confidential 2005 TV Series documentary Herself Pyramid 2004 TV Series Herself Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Herself CBS at 75 2003 TV Special documentary Herself SoapTalk 2003 TV Series Herself I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 TV Series documentary Herself Open Mike with Mike Bullard 2003 TV Series Herself - Guest Intimate Portrait 1999-2002 TV Series documentary Herself / Narrator 42nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration 2001 TV Movie Herself Hollywood Squares 2001 TV Series Herself Weakest Link 2001 TV Series Herself The Test 2001 TV Series Herself - Panelist The 13th Annual Genesis Awards 1999 TV Special Herself - Presenter Cybill 1997 TV Series Herself The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Musical Marilu 1994 TV Series Herself Vicki! 1993 TV Series Herself - Guest The Knots Landing Block Party 1993 TV Special documentary Herself / Val Ewing One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show from Bermuda 1990 TV Special Herself Circus of the Stars #15 1990 TV Special documentary Herself - Ringmaster Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Herself The 35th Annual Genii Awards 1990 TV Special Herself The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Donahue 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1989 TV Movie Herself The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Television Performer The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Herself - Guest Hour Magazine 1982-1988 TV Series Herself The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant 1988 TV Movie Herself Crook & Chase 1988 TV Series Herself The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 TV Special documentary Herself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Drama Program All-Star Party for Joan Collins 1987 TV Special Herself The Annual Entertainment Industry Honors Presentes a Salute to Bud Grant 1987 TV Movie Herself Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood 1987 TV Special documentary Herself The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Favourite Musical Groupe The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical The 2th Annual Stuntman Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Host Sally Jessy Raphael 1986 TV Series Herself Bob Hope's Comedy Salute to the Soaps 1985 TV Movie Herself Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz 1985 TV Movie Herself The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1985 TV Special Herself Battle of the Network Stars XVIII 1985 TV Special Herself - Host Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1985 TV Special Herself - Host The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Limited Series Breakaway 1984 TV Series Herself CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1984 TV Special Herself - Host Battle of the Network Stars XV 1983 TV Special Herself - CBS Team Dom DeLuise and Friends 1983 TV Series Herself Battle of the Network Stars XIII 1982 TV Special Herself - CBS Team Tom Cottle: Up Close 1982 TV Series Herself The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1982 TV Special Herself - Presenter Battle of the Network Stars XII 1982 TV Special Herself - CBS Team The Alan Thicke Show 1981 TV Series Herself - Guest Battle of the Network Stars IX 1980 TV Special Herself - CBS Team CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade 1980 TV Special Herself The Mike Douglas Show 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest Battle of the Network Stars VIII 1980 TV Special Herself - CBS Team The Hollywood Squares 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest Appearance The Alan Hamel Show 1977-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest Awards Won Awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie 2012 ISA Indie Series Awards Best Guest Appearance (Comedy) Pretty the Series (2010) 2009 Anniversary Award TV Land Awards Knots Landing (1979) 1989 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time Knots Landing (1979) 1986 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time Serial Knots Landing (1979) Nominated Awards
Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie 2004 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress - Daytime Drama The Young and the Restless (1973) 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time Knots Landing (1979) 1988 Soap Opera Digest Award Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime Time Knots Landing (1979) 1985 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Program CBS Tournament of Roses Parade (1985)