74 (passed away Sep. 10th, 1996)
Jan. 31st, 1922
Logan, West Virginia, USA
Joanne Dru's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1953 - Forbidden
1953 - Thunder Bay
1952 - The Pride of St. Louis
1951 - Vengeance Valley
1950 - 711 Ocean Drive
1950 - Wagon Master
1949 - All The King's Men
1949 - She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
1948 - Red River
Guest TV Roles
The daughter of a West Virginia druggist, Joanne came to New York in 1940. In New York, she worked as a model and was cast by Al Jolson, as one of the showgirls in his Broadway play "Hold Onto Your Hats." When the show closed in 1941, Joanne married popular singer Dick Haymes and went with him to Hollywood. Discovered by a talent scout while working in the theater, Joanne made her screen debut in a film called Abie's Irish Rose (1946), and that picture almost ended her career. Two years later, she would become well known with her role of Tess in the classic Western Red River (1948). She followed that with another Western titled She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), again playing opposite John Wayne (I). With two of the best Westerns directed by John Ford (I) and Howard Hawks, the scripts submitted to her were predominately Western and she became typecast. This was from a woman who said, "I simply hated horses..." In 1950, she was cast in another Western called Wagon Master (1950), which became the basis for the Ward Bond Television Series called "Wagon Train" (1957). Even though she did other roles besides Westerns, those roles were not what she is remembered for. She appeared in films like All the King's Men (1949), The Pride of St. Louis (1952), and Hell on Frisco Bay (1955). By the mid 1950s, Western's were running out of steam and so was her screen career, so she turned to Television where she appeared on shows such as "Playhouse 90" (1956). In 1960, Joanne was cast in the role of the Eastern Owner of a Dude Ranch in the Television Series "Guestward Ho!" (1960). Perhaps even funnier that she would play an Easterner after all those Westerns is the fact that her character name was Babs. The show ended in 1961.
- Her mother was president of the Motion Picture Mothers 1975-76.
- In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by 'Dhia Cristiani' (qv). She was occasionally dubbed by 'Rina Morelli' (qv), like in _My Pal Gus (1952)_ (qv) and _Thunder Bay (1953)_ (qv); and once by 'Clelia Bernacchi' (qv) in _Wagon Master (1950)_ (qv).
- Aunt of professional baseball player 'Pete LaCock' (qv) and 'Suzanne LaCock' (qv).
- Older sister of entertainer 'Peter Marshall (I)' (qv). See also 'Tommy Noonan' (qv).
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