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DiedOctober 12, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseWilliam G. Caldwell
FactMentioned in The Andrews Sisters' song "Corns for My Country": "We're not petite like Joan Leslie".

Joan Leslie was an American actress, dancer and vaudevillian who appeared in such films as High Sierra, Sergeant York and Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel on January 26, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan, Joan was the youngest of five children. Her parents were John and Agnes (née O’Connor) Brodel, who were both of German descent. Joan’s father worked as a tool and die maker for the Ford Motor Company, while her mother was a homemaker.

Joan began her show business career at the age of seven, when she appeared on a local radio show. She later took up tap dancing and became a part of a vaudeville act called “The Five Brodels”.

In 1940, at the age of 15, Joan made her film debut in the comedy They Knew What They Wanted. She would go on to appear in such films as High Sierra (1941), Sergeant York (1941), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944).

During her career, Joan was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She retired from acting in the early 1950s.

Joan Leslie died on October 12, 2015 at the age of 90.

Net worth: Joan Leslie had a net worth of $5 million at the time of her death.

Relationships: Joan Leslie was married to William Gordon from 1945 until his death in 2002. The couple had three children together.

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Full NameJoan Leslie
DiedOctober 12, 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States
ProfessionActor, Pin-up model


SpouseWilliam G. Caldwell
ChildrenPatrice Caldwell, Ellen Caldwell
ParentsJohn Brodel, Agnes Brodel
SiblingsMary Brodel, Betty Brodel


AwardsGolden Boot Awards, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Vine Street
MoviesYankee Doodle Dandy, Sergeant York, High Sierra, The Sky's the Limit, Hollywood Canteen, This Is the Army, Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Wagons Roll at Night, The Revolt of Mamie Stover, Man in the Saddle, Woman They Almost Lynched, The Male Animal, Cinderella Jones, Repeat Performance, Born to Be Bad...

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1Gary Cooper gave me a doll on the set [of Sergeant York (1941)]. That's how he saw me.
2[on working with James Craig in Northwest Stampede (1948)] He was a pill . . . not easy to work with. He seemed to have a chip on his shoulder and it showed in everything he did.
3[on making Man in the Saddle (1951)] Randolph Scott was a joy to work with, elegant, such a gentleman, and so devastatingly good looking. A charmer with beautiful eyes. I compare him to Gary Cooper, but Cooper had more versatility. Randy was so at ease on the set.


1Gave birth to her 1st and 2nd children at age 25, twin daughters Ellen Marie and Patrice Joan Caldwell on January 5, 1951. Children's father was her husband, Dr. William Caldwell.
2Joan Leslie was an accomplished piano player.
3Hobbies included reading, badminton and horseback riding.
4In the early 1940's Joan had a pet terrier named "Microphone", which she called "Mike" for short.
5A devout Catholic, she was heavily involved in charitable works and was named 'Girl of the Year' in 1948 by the Catholic Youth Organisation.
6First appeared on stage at the age of two. Subsequently became part of a vaudeville act with her older sisters, touring extensively through Canada and the U.S. East Coast.
7Has resumed her acting career since her daughters have grown up. [1996]
8Mentioned in The Andrews Sisters' song "Corns for My Country": "We're not petite like Joan Leslie".
9Her sister, Mary Brodel, had a short career in the 1940s, as did her other sister, Betty Brodel.
10Performed under her real name, debuting in Camille (1936), until adopting "Joan Leslie" for High Sierra (1941).




Fire in the Dark1991TV MovieRuthie
Turn Back the Clock1989TV MovieParty Guest
Murder, She Wrote1988TV SeriesLillian Appletree
Charley Hannah1986TV MovieSandy Hannah
Shadow of Sam Penny1983TV Movie
Simon & Simon1983TV SeriesToni Meyers
The Incredible Hulk1979TV SeriesLily Beaumont
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesCatherine Calhoun
The Keegans1976TV MovieMary Keegan
Police Story1975TV SeriesMary Devereux
Branded1965TV SeriesEmily Cooper
General Electric Theater1959TV SeriesSarah Owens
The Christophers1958TV Series
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesPeg
The Revolt of Mamie Stover1956Annalee Johnson
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series
Studio 571955TV SeriesJane Merlin
Hell's Outpost1954Sarah Moffit
The Ford Television Theatre1953-1954TV SeriesMarie Pasquin / Susan Farrington
Lux Video Theatre1954TV SeriesVanessa Cook
Jubilee Trail1954Garnet Hale
Flight Nurse1953Lt. Polly Davis
The Plymouth Playhouse1953TV SeriesSecretary
Summer Theatre1953TV SeriesAda Jordan
Woman They Almost Lynched1953Sally Maris
Toughest Man in Arizona1952Mary Kimber
Hellgate1952Ellen Hanley
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV Series
Fireside Theatre1951-1952TV SeriesIlse
The Bigelow Theatre1951TV Series
Man in the Saddle1951Laurie Bidwell Isham
Family Theatre1951TV SeriesClaudia Procles
Born to Be Bad1950Donna
The Skipper Surprised His Wife1950Daphne Lattimer
Northwest Stampede1948Chris Johnson
Repeat Performance1947Sheila Page
Two Guys from Milwaukee1946Connie Reed
Janie Gets Married1946Janie Conway
Cinderella Jones1946Judy Jones
Too Young to Know1945Sally Sawyer
Rhapsody in Blue1945Julie Adams
Where Do We Go from Here?1945Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina
I Am an American1944ShortJoan Leslie (uncredited)
Hollywood Canteen1944Joan Leslie
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Pat Dixon
This Is the Army1943Eileen Dibble
The Sky's the Limit1943/IJoan Manion
The Hard Way1943Katherine 'Katie' Blaine
Yankee Doodle Dandy1942Mary
The Male Animal1942Patricia Stanley
Nine Lives Are Not Enough1941Newspaper Receptionist (uncredited)
Sergeant York1941Gracie Williams
Thieves Fall Out1941Mary Matthews
The Wagons Roll at Night1941Mary Coster
The Great Mr. Nobody1941Mary Clover
High Sierra1941Velma
Foreign Correspondent1940Jones' Sister (uncredited)
Military Academy1940Marjorie Blake (as Joan Brodel)
Susan and God1940Party Guest (uncredited)
Star Dust1940College Girl (uncredited)
Alice in Movieland1940ShortAlice Purdee (as Joan Brodel)
Young as You Feel1940Girl (as Joan Brodel)
High School1940Patsy (uncredited)
Laddie1940Shelley Stanton (as Joan Brodel)
Two Thoroughbreds1939Wendy Conway (as Joan Brodel)
Winter Carnival1939Betsy Phillips (as Joan Brodel)
Love Affair1939Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Nancy Drew... Reporter1939Mayme - Journalism Student (uncredited)
Men with Wings1938Patricia Falconer at Age 11 (uncredited)
Camille1936Marie Jeanette (uncredited)
Signing Off1936ShortJoan Brodel- Member of the Brodel Sisters (as Joan Brodel)


Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentary performer: "Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart" - uncredited
Warner at War2008TV Movie documentary performer: "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Over There" - uncredited
Cinderella Jones1946performer: "If You're Waitin' I'm Waitin' Too", "Cinderella Jones", "When the One You Love Simply Won't Love Back", "You Never Know Where You're Goin' Till You Get There"
Rhapsody in Blue1945performer: "Embraceable You", "Smiles", "Somebody Loves Me", "Delishious" - uncredited
Where Do We Go from Here?1945performer: "If Love Remains"
Hollywood Canteen1944performer: "Sweet Dreams, Sweetheart" 1944
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943performer: "I'm Riding for a Fall" 1943, "No You, No Me" 1943 - uncredited
The Sky's the Limit1943/Iperformer: "My Shining Hour", "A Lot in Common with You" - uncredited
The Hard Way1943performer: "Youth Must Have Its Fling" 1942, "Am I Blue?" 1929, "I'll String Along with You" 1934, "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" 1932, "She's a Latin from Manhattan" 1935 - uncredited
Yankee Doodle Dandy1942performer: "Mary's a Grand Old Name" 1906, "Harrigan" 1908, "The Warmest Baby in the Bunch" 1896 - uncredited
High Sierra1941performer: "I Get a Kick out of You 1934" - uncredited
Alice in Movieland1940Short performer: "Will My Dream Come True" - uncredited


The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentary special thanks
Warner at War2008TV Movie documentary special thanks
Garbo2005Documentary grateful thanks
Curtains for Roy Earle: The Story of 'High Sierra'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'2003Video documentary short special thanks
James Cagney: Top of the World1992TV Movie documentary special thanks


Curtains for Roy Earle: The Story of 'High Sierra'2003Video documentary shortHerself - Actress
Let Freedom Sing! The Story of 'Yankee Doodle Dandy'2003Video documentary shortHerself - Actress
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero1998Documentary
Inside the Dream Factory1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
James Cagney: Top of the World1992TV Movie documentaryHerself - Actress
Going Hollywood: The War Years1988DocumentaryHerself
Screen Snapshots: Ha! Ha! From Hollywood1953Documentary shortHerself - 'House Party' radio show guest
The Ed Wynn Show1950TV SeriesHerself
Stars on Horseback1943ShortHerself (uncredited)
Meet the Stars #2: Baby Stars1941Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentaryHerself
The Yellow Brick Road and Beyond2009Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Gangster2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film2008TV Movie documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History2008Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sergeant York: Of God and Country2006Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Helps the Cause2006Video documentary short

Archive Footage

Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances2003TV SeriesHerself
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
The 31st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1979TV SpecialHerself
Parade of Aquatic Champions1945ShortSpectator (uncredited)
The Voice That Thrilled the World1943ShortHerself (segment "Yankee Doodle Dandy") (uncredited)


Won Awards

2006Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 1560 Vine Street.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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