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Joanne Letitia LaCock

Also Known As: "Joanne Dru"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Logan, Logan County, West Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Ralph Henry LaCock and Imogene Frampton
Wife of George Rodgers Pierose and Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood Jr.
Ex-wife of John Benjamin Ireland and Dick Haymes
Sister of Peter Marshall

Occupation: actress,
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About Joanne Dru

Hollywood Walk of Fame 1708 Vine Street (television)

She was an American film and television actress, best-known for such films as Red River and All the King's Men. She was the elder sister of Peter Marshall, an actor and singer best-known as the original host of the American game show Hollywood Squares.

Born as Joan Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in 1940 at the age of eighteen. After finding employment as a model, she was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. Dru met and married popular singer Dick Haymes. When they moved to Hollywood, she found work in the theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose (1946).

Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television. She was cast often in western films such as Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), and John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Wagon Master (1950). She later lamented that she had been typecast in westerns.

She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film All the King's Men (1949) and co-starred with Dan Dailey in The Pride of St. Louis (1952) about major-league baseball pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean. She was divorced from Haymes in 1949, then married John Ireland, who was also in Red River, less than a month later. Dru and Ireland were divorced in 1957.

She appeared in the James Stewart drama Thunder Bay in 1953 and then a Martin and Lewis comedy 3 Ring Circus in 1954. Her film career petered out by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working frequently in television, most notably as "Babs Wooten" on the 1960-61 sitcom, Guestward, Ho!

After Guestward, Ho!, she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, with one feature film appearance, in Sylvia (1965), and eight television appearances.

Joanne Dru had three children by her first marriage. She had no children from her subsequent three marriages.

  1. * Richard Ralph Haymes (born July 24, 1942)
  2. * Helen Joanna Haymes (born May 13, 1944)
  3. * Barbara Nugent Haymes (born September 19, 1947)

Selected filmography

   * Abie's Irish Rose (1946)
   * Red River (1948)
   * All the King's Men (1949)
   * She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
   * Wagon Master (1950)
   * 711 Ocean Drive (1950)
   * Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951)
   * The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
   * My Pal Gus (1952)
   * Thunder Bay (1953)
   * 3 Ring Circus (1954)
   * The Dark Avenger (1955)
   * Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
   * The Light in the Forest (1958)
   * Sylvia (1965)

Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanne_Dru IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0238445/ IBDB: http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=80319 Find a Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6166004

-------------------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanne_Dru

Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) [2] was an American film and television actress, known for such films as Red River and All the King's Men.


Career


Born as Joan Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in 1940 at the age of eighteen. After finding employment as a model, she was chosen by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. When she moved to Hollywood, she found work in the theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose (1946).


Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television. She was cast often in western films such as Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), and John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Wagon Master (1950).


She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film All the King's Men (1949) and co-starred with Dan Dailey in The Pride of St. Louis (1952) about major-league baseball pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean.


She appeared in the James Stewart drama Thunder Bay in 1953 and then a Martin and Lewis comedy 3 Ring Circus (1954). Her film career petered out by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working frequently in television, most notably as "Babs Wooten" on the 1960-61 sitcom, Guestward, Ho!.


After Guestward, Ho!, she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, with one feature film appearance, in Sylvia (1965), and eight television appearances.


For her contribution to the television industry, Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Personal life


She was the elder sister of Peter Marshall, an actor and singer best-known as the original host of the American game show Hollywood Squares.


Before moving to Hollywood, Dru met and married popular singer Dick Haymes. The couple had three children together: Richard Ralph Haymes (born July 24, 1942), Helen Joanna Haymes (born May 13, 1944), Barbara Nugent Haymes (born September 19, 1947).


Divorced from Haymes in 1949, Dru married Red River co-star John Ireland less than a month later. The pair were divorced in 1957. She had no children from her subsequent three marriages.


She died in Los Angeles, California in 1996, aged 74, from lymphedema. Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.


Selected filmography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanne_Dru#Selected_filmography

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Joanne Dru's Timeline

1922
January 31, 1922
Logan, Logan County, West Virginia, United States
1941
1941
Age 18
1949
August 7, 1949
Age 27
1949
Age 26
1957
May 16, 1957
Age 35
1963
March 16, 1963
Age 41
1972
December 29, 1972
Age 50
1996
September 10, 1996
Age 74
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Cremated (ashes scattered at sea)