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SpouseJohn Marshall
MarkLight blue eyes
FactGave birth to her daughter Vanessa Marshall on 19 October 1969.

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.

General Info

Full NameJoan Van Ark
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationYale School of Drama


SpouseJohn Marshall
ChildrenVanessa Marshall
ParentsDorothy Jean Hemenway, Carroll Van Ark
SiblingsCarol Kuykendall, Mark Clark Van Ark, Dexter J. Van Ark


AwardsTV Land Anniversary Award
NominationsTony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
MoviesFrogs, 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 ShowsKnots 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...

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#Marks / Signs
1Natural blonde hair
2Light blue eyes
3Southern accent
4Deep sultry voice


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.
2You've got to realize that any lady on a soap is devoting her life to it, 24/7.
3When 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.


1Had 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.
2Credits Barbara Bel Geddes as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3Her acting mentor was the late Barbara Bel Geddes.
4Met Kevin Dobson on the set of Kojak (1973), in 1977, and became close friends. They worked together on _'Knots Landing'_.
5Before 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.
6Replaced Marlo Thomas (who broke her ankle) at the request of Richard Benjamin in the London stage production (Piccadilly Theatre) of Barefoot in the Park.
7She has played the same character (Valene Ewing) on three different series: Dallas (1978), Knots Landing (1979) and Dallas (2012).
8Friends with: Barbara Bel Geddes, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Michele Lee, Donna Mills, Kevin Dobson, Susan Sullivan, Lorenzo Lamas, Sharon Gless and Larry Manetti.
9Her idol when she was young was Jane Wyman, the same idol as her future Knots Landing (1979) co-star, Donna Mills.
10Ex-mother-in-law of Andrew Kishino.
11Best known by the public for her role as Valene Clements Ewing on Knots Landing (1979).
12Her paternal grandfather was of Dutch descent.
13Grew up in Boulder, Colorado.
14Her name is literally "Joan of Ark" in Dutch.
15Friend of Jane Kaczmarek and Asaad Kelada.
16Born to Carroll Van Ark, who worked in advertising and public relations, and his wife Dorothy Jean Hemenway, a writer.
17Has appeared with Ted Shackelford in episodes of three different series: Wonder Woman (1975), Dallas (1978) and Knots Landing (1979).
18Was nominated for Broadway's 1971 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) for "The School for Wives."
19Sister of Carol Kuykendall.
20Has two brothers, Dexter J. Van Ark and Mark Clark Van Ark.
21Was 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).
22Runs marathons and is something of a Track and Field historian.
23Gave birth to her daughter Vanessa Marshall on 19 October 1969.
24Was a Weakest Link (2001) contestant and was voted off.




The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1971TV SeriesEvelyn Borden
Hawaii Five-O1970TV SeriesFreda Cowan
Dan August1970TV SeriesHarrison's Secretary
Matt Lincoln1970TV SeriesKatherine
The Silent Force1970TV Series
Gunsmoke1969TV SeriesSarah Jean Stryker
The Guns of Will Sonnett1969TV SeriesLaurie
Bonanza1969TV SeriesAnnie Laurie Adams
Mod Squad1968TV SeriesApril Showers
Peyton Place1968TV SeriesPaula Dixon / Nurse Paula Dixon
The Felony Squad1968TV SeriesLynne Thackeray
Run for Your Life1967TV SeriesDonna Hayward
Days of Our Lives1965TV SeriesJanie Whitney #3 (1970)
Fallout 42015Video GameBonnie Tournquist / Phyllis Daily / Roslyn Chambers (voice)
The 6362014ShortRose
Watercolor Postcards2013Momma
Dallas2013TV SeriesValene Ewing
Pretty the Series2011-2012TV SeriesMiss Senior Someone
Archer2011TV SeriesRuth
Nip/Tuck2008-2010TV SeriesAnnette Wainwright
My Name Is Earl2009TV SeriesJanine
Channels2008Megan Phillips
Diamond Zero2005The Hemingway Diamond
The Young and the Restless2004-2005TV SeriesGloria Fisher / Gloria Abbott / Gloria Fisher Abbott
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2004TV SeriesWanda / Woman / Mandy #3
Net Games2003Dr. Klein
Tornado Warning2002TV MovieMayor McAnders
UP, Michigan!2001Deborah Michaels
Son of the Beach2001TV SeriesIma Cummings
Twice in a Lifetime2001TV SeriesCamilla Bianco / Anna
Held for Ransom2000Nancy Donavan
It's the Pied Piper, Charlie Brown2000TV MovieSecretary (voice)
Loyal Opposition1998Vice President Elizabeth Lane
The Nanny1998TV SeriesMargo Lange
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac1997TV Mini-SeriesValene Ewing
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1997TV SeriesQueen Esther
Wing Commander Academy1996TV Series
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1996TV SeriesJewel Pemberton
The Client1996TV SeriesGretchen Wainwright
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesKim Carpenter
Women of the House1995TV SeriesJoan Van Ark
When the Dark Man Calls1995TV MovieJulianne Kaiser
Santo Bugito1995TV SeriesAmelia
Moment of Truth: Cult Rescue1994TV MovieNora McGill
ABC Afterschool Specials1974-1994TV SeriesSusan Cooper / Roxanne
In the Shadows, Someone's Watching1993TV MovieCinnie Merritt
Knots Landing1979-1993TV SeriesValene Ewing Valene Gibson Valene Waleska
Tainted Blood1993TV MovieMrs. Drew
Terror on Track 91992TV MovieLeslie Renner
Dallas1978-1991TV SeriesValene Ewing Valene Clements
Always Remember I Love You1990TV MovieMartha Mendham
Menu for Murder1990TV MovieJulia Alberts
My First Love1988TV MovieClaire Thomas
Shakedown on the Sunset Strip1988TV MovieBrenda Allen
The Love Boat1979-1984TV SeriesDeborah Marshall / Lila Chandler / Mary Sue Huggins / ...
Glitter1984TV Series
Thundarr the Barbarian1980-1981TV SeriesCinda, Voice of Crystal / Captain Corden
Red Flag: The Ultimate Game1981TV MovieMarie
Spider-Woman1979-1980TV SeriesSpider-Woman Jessica Drew
Vega$1979TV SeriesDr. Haven Grant
Wonder Woman1978TV SeriesCassandra
M*A*S*H1973-1978TV SeriesLt. Erica Johnson
Tarzan and the Super 71978TV SeriesMoray (1978) (voice)
Quark1978TV SeriesPrincess Libido
Having Babies1978TV SeriesJoyce
Quincy M.E.1978TV SeriesBert Phillips
We've Got Each Other1977-1978TV SeriesDee Dee Baldwin
The Waverly Wonders1978TV SeriesJoyce
Testimony of Two Men1977TV Mini-SeriesJane Robson
McMillan & Wife1977TV SeriesGeorgie
Kojak1977TV SeriesDet. Josephine Long
The Last Dinosaur1977Francesca 'Frankie' Banks
The Rockford Files1974-1977TV SeriesChristina Marks / Susan Alexander / Barbara Kelbaker
The Six Million Dollar Man1976TV SeriesValerie Sheffield
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesChris Parker
Joe Forrester1976TV Series
Medical Story1975TV SeriesPeggy Fowler
The Last of the Mohicans1975TV MovieCora Munro (voice)
Medical Center1971-1975TV SeriesEileen / Chris / Deborah Walters
Barbary Coast1975TV SeriesEleanor Beaumont
Rhoda1975TV SeriesMarian Gerard
Shell Game1975TV MovieShirley
Great Performances1975TV SeriesSilvia Gala
Cannon1971-1974TV SeriesAnna Meister / Nona / Francine Dexter
The Manhunter1974TV Series
Ironside1974TV SeriesCaroline Ward
Barnaby Jones1974TV SeriesSheila Barner
The F.B.I.1969-1974TV SeriesAngie Cameron / Julie Rhodes / Cynthia Scott / ...
Big Rose: Double Trouble1974TV MovieNina
The Girl with Something Extra1974TV Series
Firehouse1974TV SeriesCynthia
Mannix1973TV SeriesJennifer Crane
The New Temperatures Rising Show1972-1973TV SeriesNurse Annie Carlisle
The Judge and Jake Wyler1972TV MovieAlicia Dodd
Night Gallery1972TV SeriesSondra Blanco
Love, American Style1970-1972TV SeriesAlice (segment "Love and the Triple Threat") / Jelen (segment "Love and the Proposal")
Captain Newman, M.D.1972TV Movie
Frogs1972Karen Crockett
The Odd Couple1972TV SeriesTrudy


ABC Afterschool Specials1994TV Series 1 episode
Knots Landing1992-1993TV Series 2 episodes


Beverly Hills Royal2015TV Series documentary
Frogs: Buried in Frogs with Joan Van Ark2015Video shortHerself
Home & Family2014TV SeriesHerself
The Nicole Barrett Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge / Herself
Pioneers of Television2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Talk2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Celebrity Ghost Stories2012TV Series documentaryHerself
80th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2011TV MovieHerself
Totally Tracked Down2010TV SeriesHerself
The Early Show2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Catch 212009TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers2009TV SpecialHerself - Audience (uncredited)
The 7th Annual TV Land Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today1980-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
TV Land's Top Ten2005-2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again2005TV Movie documentaryHerself / Valene Ewing
TV Land Confidential2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Pyramid2004TV SeriesHerself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHerself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHerself
SoapTalk2003TV SeriesHerself
I Love the '80s Strikes Back2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Open Mike with Mike Bullard2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Intimate Portrait1999-2002TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
42nd Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration2001TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Squares2001TV SeriesHerself
Weakest Link2001TV SeriesHerself
The Test2001TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
The 13th Annual Genesis Awards1999TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Cybill1997TV SeriesHerself
The 49th Annual Tony Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Musical
Marilu1994TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Knots Landing Block Party1993TV Special documentaryHerself / Val Ewing
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bob Hope's 1990 Christmas Show from Bermuda1990TV SpecialHerself
Circus of the Stars #151990TV Special documentaryHerself - Ringmaster
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The 35th Annual Genii Awards1990TV SpecialHerself
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Donahue1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
All-Star Tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar1989TV MovieHerself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Television Performer
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Hour Magazine1982-1988TV SeriesHerself
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHerself
Crook & Chase1988TV SeriesHerself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite New Television Drama Program
All-Star Party for Joan Collins1987TV SpecialHerself
The Annual Entertainment Industry Honors Presentes a Salute to Bud Grant1987TV MovieHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The 13th Annual People's Choice Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Favourite Musical Groupe
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 2th Annual Stuntman Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Host
Sally Jessy Raphael1986TV SeriesHerself
Bob Hope's Comedy Salute to the Soaps1985TV MovieHerself
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHerself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XVIII1985TV SpecialHerself - Host
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHerself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade1985TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Limited Series
Breakaway1984TV SeriesHerself
CBS Tournament of Roses Parade1984TV SpecialHerself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars XV1983TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Dom DeLuise and Friends1983TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars XIII1982TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Tom Cottle: Up Close1982TV SeriesHerself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
CBS All American Thanksgiving Day Parade1980TV SpecialHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Battle of the Network Stars VIII1980TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
The Hollywood Squares1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
The Alan Hamel Show1977-1978TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Dallas Reunion: Return to Southfork2004TV Movie documentaryValene Ewing (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight2000TV Series
Bob Hope's Bag Full of Christmas Memories1993TV SpecialHerself
Dallas1989TV SeriesValene Ewing


Won Awards

2012ISAIndie Series AwardsBest Guest Appearance (Comedy)Pretty the Series (2010)
2009Anniversary AwardTV Land AwardsKnots Landing (1979)
1989Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1986Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role on a Prime Time SerialKnots Landing (1979)

Nominated Awards

2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsSupporting Actress - Daytime DramaThe Young and the Restless (1973)
1991Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1988Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Prime TimeKnots Landing (1979)
1985Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class ProgramCBS Tournament of Roses Parade (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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