Short Info

DiedOctober 8, 1983, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseRichard Mulligan
FactEx-stepmother of James Mulligan.

Joan Hackett (1934-1983) was an American actress. She was born in New York City on March 1, 1934, the daughter of Ann (née Korman) and Lester Hackett, who were both Jewish immigrants from Poland. She had a brother, Jerry. Hackett’s parents divorced when she was a child, and she was raised by her mother. She attended the High School of Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Hackett began her acting career on stage, appearing in several Off-Broadway productions. She made her Broadway debut in 1955 in The Diary of Anne Frank. Her film debut came in 1961 with The Group. Hackett went on to appear in such films as The Love Bug (1968), The April Fools (1969), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), and support Shirley MacLaine in The Turning Point (1977).

Hackett was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fox (1967). She also received Golden Globe nominations for her performances in The Group (1966) and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971).

Hackett was married to actor William Daniels from 1963 until her death in 1983. The couple had two children: actor-director Michael Daniels and screenwriter-producer Joel Daniels.

Hackett died of cancer on October 8, 1983, at the age of 49.

General Info

Full NameJoan Hackett
DiedOctober 8, 1983, Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Model


SpouseRichard Mulligan
SiblingsTheresa Hackett, John Hackett


AwardsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress, Drama Desk Vernon Rice Award
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress
MoviesSupport Your Local Sheriff!, Will Penny, The Last of Sheila, Only When I Laugh, The Group, The Terminal Man, How Awful About Allan, One-Trick Pony, Assignment to Kill, Treasure of Matecumbe, The Escape Artist, The Long Days of Summer, Rivals, The Long Summer of George Adams, Dead of Night, Mr. Mike'...
TV ShowsThe Defenders, Young Doctor Malone, Another Day

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1Ex-stepmother of James Mulligan.
2Was a successful teenage model.
3Was a dedicated social activist.
4Daughter of Irish and Italian immigrant parents, and educated at Catholic schools in NYC.
5Filmed in 1980-1981, Harnessing the Sun (1980) was her last picture, although some films shot earlier (i.e., Only When I Laugh (1981)) were released after the former.
6A firm believer in the paranormal, while on location in Texas filming Harnessing the Sun (1980), she persuaded the film's director, Dirk Wayne Summers, to fly in a clairvoyant-aura reader. She arranged for the entire crew to receive extrasensory readings. The clairvoyant spent a week with the film's cast and crew. When Summers was asked by a reporter from a Dallas newspaper why he approved such unusual arrangements - and did CBS know - Summers answered that "Joan Hackett is so great to work with and so perfect in her role that I would have flown in Uri Geller if Joan had wanted him.".
7Ravaged by cancer, a few weeks prior to her death, she checked herself out of the hospital to host a wedding party at her Beverly Hills home for Carrie Fisher and Paul Simon. Just a few days later, her condition rapidly deteriorated. She then spent her last few weeks at Encino Hospital under aggressive treatment. She lost her battle on October 8th 1983 (Sat) at 9:15 pm.
8Interred at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery (now called Hollywood Forever), Hollywood, California, USA, in the Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Faith, 2nd from bottom, near the end of the hall. She always loved sleeping, and her mausoleum marker carries an admonition not to wake her while she's getting her beauty sleep - "Go Away - I'm Asleep".
9She won an Obie award in 1961 for Call Me By My Rightful Name.




Flicks1987Capt. Grace (segment 'New Adventures of the Great Galaxy')
Tales of the Unexpected1985TV SeriesBrenda
The Escape Artist1982Aunt Sibyl
Paper Dolls1982TV MovieJulia Blake
The Long Summer of George Adams1982TV MovieNorma
A Girl's Life1981TV MovieEvelyn
Only When I Laugh1981Toby Landau
One-Trick Pony1980Lonnie Fox
The Long Days of Summer1980TV MovieMillie Cooper
Trapper John, M.D.1979TV SeriesWilma
The Love Boat1979TV SeriesTina Phillips
Taxi1979TV SeriesCharlotte Reiger
$weepstake$1979TV Series
The North Avenue Irregulars1979uncredited
Pleasure Cove1979TV MovieMartha Harrison
Mourning Becomes Electra1978TV Mini-SeriesChristine Mannon
Another Day1978TV SeriesGinny / Ginny Gardner
The Possessed1977TV MovieLouise Gelson
Dead of Night1977TV MovieMother (segment "Bobby")
Stonestreet: Who Killed the Centerfold Model?1977TV MovieJessica Hilliard
Treasure of Matecumbe1976Lauriette Paxton
The American Woman: Portraits of Courage1976TV MovieBelva Lockwood
Mackintosh and T.J.1975Maggie Jenkins
Reflections of Murder1974TV MovieClaire Elliott
The Terminal Man1974Dr. Janet Ross
The Last of Sheila1973Lee
Class of '631973TV MovieLouise Swerner
Lights Out1972TV Movie
Bonanza1965-1972TV SeriesJudith Corman / Margarita Miguel
Five Desperate Women1971TV MovieDorian
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesAlice Banion
Dan August1971TV SeriesNancy Williams
Love, American Style1970-1971TV Series segment "Love and the Jury" / Linda segment "Love and the Proposal"
- Love and the Boss/Love and the Jury/Love and the Logical Explanation/Love and the Pregnancy 1971 ... segment "Love and the Jury"
The Other Man1970TV MovieKathy Maitland
How Awful About Allan1970TV MovieOlive
The Young Country1970TV MovieClementine Hale
Daniel Boone1969TV SeriesTheodora
Support Your Local Sheriff!1969Prudy Perkins
The Name of the Game1968TV SeriesJean Thorndyke
Assignment to Kill1968Dominique Laurant
Judd for the Defense1967TV SeriesRuth Massey
Will Penny1967Catherine Allen
Run for Your Life1966TV SeriesDiana Murrow
Court Martial1966TV SeriesLt. Christie Foster
The Group1966Dottie
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964-1965TV SeriesLili Strode / Florence
Ben Casey1961-1964TV SeriesMolly Hill / Ellen Parker
The Wednesday Play1964TV Series
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1964TV SeriesHelen Clarvoe
Channing1964TV SeriesDjuna Phrayne
The Great Adventure1963TV SeriesSister Blandina
Empire1963TV SeriesDolores Lanza
The Doctors and the Nurses1963TV SeriesMargaret Hunter
Combat!1963TV SeriesGabrielle de Gontran
The Defenders1961-1963TV SeriesJoan Miller
Alcoa Premiere1962TV SeriesEdith Fletcher / Sue Wilson
Theatre '621962TV SeriesThe Second Mrs. de Winter
Gunsmoke1962TV SeriesMady Arthur
Dr. Kildare1962TV SeriesKaren Welby
Twilight Zone1962TV SeriesEsther Fortune
The New Breed1962TV SeriesAngie
Westinghouse Presents: Come Again to Carthage1961TV MovieSister Agnes
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1961TV SeriesSylvia Colton
Armstrong Circle Theatre1960TV Series
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen1959TV Series
Young Dr. Malone1958TV SeriesGail Prentiss (1959-1960)


The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself
Great Performances1982TV SeriesHerself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Harnessing the Sun1980Herself
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video1979Herself (voice)
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1974TV SeriesHerself
Allen Ludden's Gallery1969TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1977TV SeriesLauriette Paxton


Won Awards

1982Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion PictureOnly When I Laugh (1981)

Nominated Awards

1982OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleOnly When I Laugh (1981)
1967BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActressThe Group (1966)
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Female9th place.
1962Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an ActressBen Casey (1961)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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