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Joan Leslie

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joan Leslie (born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel; January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015) was an American actress, dancer, and vaudevillian who, during the Hollywood Golden Age, appeared in such films as High Sierra, Sergeant York, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel was born on January 26, 1925, in Highland Park, Michigan, the youngest child of John and Agnes Brodel. At 15, Leslie had her first significant role as the crippled girl in High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. The same year she played in Sergeant York as York's fiancée. Leslie had a supporting role in The Male Animal (1942) as Olivia de Havilland's younger sister. In Yankee Doodle Dandy (also 1942) she portrayed George M. Cohan's girlfriend/wife. By now, Leslie had become a star whose on-screen image was described as "sweet innocence without seeming too sugary." Leslie was in four motion pictures released during 1943: The Hard Way, starring Ida Lupino and Dennis Morgan; The Sky's the Limit (1943), starring with Fred Astaire; the wartime film This Is the Army (1943) with Ronald Reagan; and finally Thank Your Lucky Stars. During World War II, she was a regular volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen, where she danced with servicemen and signed hundreds of autographs. She was featured with Robert Hutton, among many others, in the Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen (1944). In 1946 Leslie's career took a dive when she took Warner Brothers to court in order to get released from her contract based on moral and religious grounds because of the parts they kept giving her. She wanted more serious and mature roles. In 1947, the Catholic Theatre Guild gave Leslie an award because of her "consistent refusal to use her talents and art in film productions of objectionable character." As a result of this, Jack Warner used his influence to blacklist her from other major Hollywood studios. From this point on Leslie had a more irregular film career. In 1947, she signed a two-picture contract with the poverty row studio Eagle-Lion Films. The first one was Repeat Performance (1947), a film noir. The other was Northwest Stampede (1948) in which she performed with James Craig. In 1952, she signed a short-term deal with Republic Pictures. One of the films she made for Republic was Flight Nurse (1953). Her last film was The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). However, she continued making sporadic appearances in television shows while her children were at school. She retired from acting in 1991, after appearing in the TV film Fire in the Dark. Leslie died on October 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. She was 90. Her survivors include her two children and one sister, Betty. On October 8, 1960, Joan Leslie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street. In 1999, she was one of the 250 actresses nominated for the American Film Institute's selection of the 25 greatest female screen legends to have debuted before 1950. On August 12, 2006, she received a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western television shows and movies.


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Born:
Jan 26, 1925 In Detroit, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
55
First Appeared:
In the movie Camille 1936-12-26
Latest Project:
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History 2008-10-14
Known For
Poster of Jubilee Trail
Poster of Parade Of Aquatic Champions

Joan Leslie Movies Filmography

Movie
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
Herself 2008-10-14
Movie
Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film
Herself - Interviewee 2008-01-01
Series
Murder, She Wrote
Unknown 1984-09-30
Series
Simon & Simon
Unknown 1981-11-24
Series
The Incredible Hulk
Unknown 1978-03-10
Series
Charlie's Angels
Unknown 1976-09-22
Series
Police Story
Unknown 1973-03-20
Series
Branded
Unknown 1965-01-24
Movie
The Revolt of Mamie Stover
Annalee Johnson 1956-05-11
Movie
Hell's Outpost
Sarah Moffit 1954-12-15
Movie
Jubilee Trail
Garnet Hale 1954-05-15
Series
General Electric Theater
Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie
Woman They Almost Lynched
Sally Maris 1953-03-20
Movie
Flight Nurse
Lt. Polly Davis 1953-11-15
Movie
Toughest Man in Arizona
Mary Kimber 1952-10-10
Movie
Hellgate
Ellen Hanley 1952-09-04
Movie
Man in the Saddle
Laurie Bidwell Isham 1951-12-02
Movie
Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration
Claudia 1951-03-25
Series
Lux Video Theatre
Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie
Born to Be Bad
Donna Foster 1950-09-28
Movie
The Skipper Surprised His Wife
Daphne Lattimer 1950-06-29
Movie
Northwest Stampede
Chris Johnson 1948-07-28
Movie
Repeat Performance
Sheila Page 1947-05-22
Movie
Two Guys from Milwaukee
Connie Reed 1946-07-26
Movie
Janie Gets Married
Janie Conway 1946-06-22
Movie
Cinderella Jones
Judy Jones 1946-03-09
Movie
Parade Of Aquatic Champions
Herself 1945-01-01
Movie
Rhapsody in Blue
Julie Adams 1945-06-27
Movie
Where Do We Go from Here?
Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina 1945-05-23
Movie
Too Young to Know
Sally Sawyer 1945-12-01
Movie
I Am an American
Herself (uncredited) 1944-12-23
Movie
Hollywood Canteen
Herself 1944-12-15
Movie
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Pat Dixon 1943-09-25
Movie
This Is the Army
Eileen Dibble 1943-08-14
Movie
The Sky's the Limit
Joan Manion 1943-07-13
Movie
The Hard Way
Katherine 'Katie' Chernen 1943-01-13
Movie
The Voice That Thrilled the World
Herself (segment 'Yankee Doodle Dandy') (archive footage) 1943-01-01
Movie
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mary 1942-05-29
Movie
The Male Animal
Patricia Stanley 1942-03-12
Movie
High Sierra
Velma 1941-01-23
Movie
The Great Mr. Nobody
Mary Clover 1941-02-15
Movie
The Wagons Roll at Night
Mary Coster 1941-04-25
Movie
Nine Lives Are Not Enough
Receptionist (uncredited) 1941-09-20
Movie
Sergeant York
Gracie Williams 1941-09-27
Movie
Foreign Correspondent
Jones' Sister (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie
Susan and God
Party Guest (uncredited) 1940-06-07
Movie
Star Dust
College Girl (uncredited) 1940-04-06
Movie
Young as You Feel
Girl (as Joan Brodel) 1940-02-16
Movie
High School
Patsy 1940-01-26
Movie
Laddie
Shelley Stanton 1940-01-18
Movie
Winter Carnival
Betsy Phillips 1939-07-28
Movie
Love Affair
Autograph Seeker (uncredited) 1939-04-07
Movie
Nancy Drew... Reporter
Mayme, Journalism Student (uncredited) 1939-02-18
Movie
Men with Wings
Young Patricia Falconer 1938-07-16
Movie
Camille
Marie Jeanette (uncredited) 1936-12-26

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