Known for movies

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DiedMarch 4, 2012, Santa Monica, California, United States
SpouseWalter Grauman, Leonard Freeman
FactEntertained in USO tour of military hospitals during WWII.

Joan Taylor (born April 28, 1929) is an American actress. She appeared in more than fifty films between 1948 and 1977.

Born in New York City, Joan Taylor was the daughter of a successful businessman and a socialite mother. She was educated at private schools and made her debut in society at the age of eighteen.

Joan began her film career in 1948 with a small role in the film noir classic The Naked City. She went on to appear in a number of films throughout the 1950s, including The Ten Commandments (1956), The Miracle Worker (1962), and Cleopatra (1963).

In the 1960s, Joan’s career began to decline, and she appeared in fewer and fewer films. However, she did make a comeback in the 1970s with roles in such films as Airport 1975 (1974) and The Hindenburg (1975).

Joan’s last film appearance was in the 1977 disaster film Rollercoaster. After that, she retired from acting and largely disappeared from public life.

In recent years, Joan has made occasional public appearances, most notably at the Academy Awards ceremony in 2006, where she presented the award for Best Documentary Feature.

Joan Taylor was married three times: first to businessman Alfred Wright Jr., with whom she had two children; then to actor George Hamilton, from whom she was divorced after just six months; and finally to producer Robert Evans, with whom she had one child.

She has three grandchildren and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Full NameJoan Taylor
DiedMarch 4, 2012, Santa Monica, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Screenwriter


SpouseWalter Grauman, Leonard Freeman
ParentsJoseph Emma, Amelia Berky


MoviesEarth vs. the Flying Saucers, 20 Million Miles to Earth, War Paint, Apache Woman, Fools Rush In, Girls in Prison, War Drums, The Savage, Fort Yuma, Omar Khayyam, Off Limits, Fighting Man of the Plains, Rose Marie
TV ShowsThe Rifleman

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1She is buried at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California.
2Entertained in USO tour of military hospitals during WWII.
3Father Joseph Emma was from Sicily. He became a movie manager and a Hollywood prop man. Mother Amelia Berky was from Austria and a vaudeville dancer/singer.
4Came out of retirement for a time to write for film and TV in the late 80s/early 90s. Also made cameos as an actress.
5Was in a recurring role as an intriguing, subtle love interest for Chuck Connors in The Rifleman (1958) series. She was replaced by Patricia Blair (later of Daniel Boone (1964) TV fame) when Joan's husband, producer/director Leonard Freeman, relocated the family to Hawaii where he was producing the Hawaii Five-O (1968) series. She abruptly retired in December of 1963 to raise her daughter.
6Dubbed a "Golden Circle Girl" at Paramount during the early 50s.




The Savage1952Luta
On Dangerous Ground1951Hazel (uncredited)
Lights Out1951TV Series
Last Date1950ShortJeanne
Fighting Man of the Plains1949Evelyn Slocum
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesBeth Collins
The Rifleman1960-1962TV SeriesMilly Scott / Millie Scott
The Dick Powell Theatre1962TV SeriesMaggie
The Real McCoys1962TV SeriesMrs. Tate
Cain's Hundred1962TV SeriesNancy Crawford
Bronco1962TV SeriesLorain Mitchell
My Three Sons1961TV SeriesMuriel Stewart
Rawhide1961TV SeriesPaibada
The Detectives1961TV SeriesMyrna Fontaine
Lock Up1960TV SeriesLauren Bodret
Death Valley Days1960TV SeriesMady
Colt .451959TV SeriesEllen McGraw
The Millionaire1959TV SeriesMary Ann Wilson
The Texan1959TV SeriesRita Maynor
Shotgun Slade1959TV Series
Philip Marlowe1959TV SeriesJulie Kenton
Men Into Space1959TV SeriesCarol Gordon
21 Beacon Street1959TV SeriesRuth
U.S. Marshal1959TV SeriesMaryjo Ulman aka Gloria Sawyer
Gunsmoke1959TV SeriesAnna Wheat
Yancy Derringer1958TV SeriesLavinia Lake
Peter Gunn1958TV SeriesLiz Hatton
Zane Grey Theater1958TV SeriesRose Bailey
Mike Hammer1958TV SeriesDiane Baxter / Jackie
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesBright Star
Omar Khayyam1957Yaffa
20 Million Miles to Earth1957Marisa Leonardo
War Drums1957Riva
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers1956Carol Marvin
Girls in Prison1956Anne Carson
State Trooper1956TV SeriesMarietta Beck
Fort Yuma1955Francesca
Apache Woman1955Anne LeBeau
Rose Marie1954Wanda
War Paint1953Wanima
Off Limits1952Helen


Heart of a Stranger2002TV Movie teleplay
Fools Rush In1997story
Redlands1990Video short
An Invasion of Privacy1983TV Movie novel "Asking for It"
Family1979TV Series writer - 1 episode


Redlands1990Video short


To Race the Wind1980TV Movie associate producer - as Rose Freeman


Hawaii Five-02012TV Series in memory of - 1 episode


Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)2010DocumentaryHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1960TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryAnne LeBeau (uncredited)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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