Delicately pretty, demure Hollywood lead of the 1940s. A former cover-girl and Broadway ingenue, Caulfield exhibited a modest charm in light comedy, most notably opposite William Holden in "Dear Ruth"...
Broadway debut as dumb blonde in George Abbott's production of the musical, "Beat the Band"
Appointed vice president, TV programming, Donnelly Telecommunications
TV debut in "Saturday's Children"
Returned to film after an eight-year hiatus in "Cattle King"
Starred in live TV comedy series, "My Favorite Husband" opposite Barry Nelson
Worked as a Harry Conover model; appeared on cover of LIFE magazine (May 11, 1942)
First starring Broadway role, "Kiss and Tell"
Made guest appearance on TV series, "Murder She Wrote"
Featured in TV series, "The High Chaparral"
Starred in first feature, "Miss Susie Slagle's" (not released until 1946)
Became vice president, North Star Company of Nevada, an oil-interest combine in the late 1950s
Named vice president of Lustre Shine Company Inc.
Co-produced and starred in TV series, "Sally"
Acted with Morningside Players (date approximate)
Last feature film, "Evil Spirits"
Made two Western programmers for A.C. Lyles, "Red Tomahawk" (1967) and "Buckskin" (1968)
Appeared in dramatic roles on numerous TV anthologies in the 1950s
Appeared in summer stock productions of "Claudia" and "Dream Girl" in the early 1950s
Starred in several musicals and westerns
Appeared in a bit part in first feature to be released, "Duffy's Tavern"
Appeared in stock producion of "Cactus Flower"
Signed a four-figure contract with Paramount, guaranteeing her a yearly option to work six months on Broadway
Toured with John Payne in "Voice of the Turtle"
Delicately pretty, demure Hollywood lead of the 1940s. A former cover-girl and Broadway ingenue, Caulfield exhibited a modest charm in light comedy, most notably opposite William Holden in "Dear Ruth" (1947) and "Dear Wife" (1950). She conveyed refined femininity and bland sophistication in a dozen-plus mediocre features, mostly at Paramount, from her debut in "Miss Susie Slagle's" (1944, released 1946), to her costarring role opposite Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in the Irving Berlin musical "Blue Skies" (1946), to her later work in B westerns. By the 1950s, her upper middle-class blonde good looks and cultivated manner had been superseded by the more dramatic screen presence of Grace Kelly, her (more acclaimed) successor to the type.
Throughout her film career, Caulfield remained active on stage, mostly in stock or touring productions of contemporary comedies. From 1950 to 1960 she was married to producer Frank Ross, who produced and directed her in "The Lady Says No" (1951), and produced "The Rains of Ranchipur" (1955), in which she played second fiddle to Lana Turner; and also Caulfield's live TV comedy series "My Favorite Husband" (1953-55), and "Sally" (1957-58).
comptroller for Manhattan-based aircraft company
youngest sister; signed as Joan Caulfield's understudy for Broadway show, "Kiss and Tell" (1943)
Married on April 29, 1950; divorced on April 5, 1960; was married to Jean Arthur when he met Caulfield; born c. 1904; produced and directed Caulfield in "The Lady Says No" (1952) and produced "The Rains of Ranchipur" (1955); also produced her TV series "M
born on November 7, 1959; father, Frank Ross
Miss Bean's School for Girls
Lincoln School of Teachers College
In his unauthorized biography of author J.D. Salinger, Ian Hamilton claims that the name for the hero of "The Catcher in the Rye," Holden Caulfield, was a combination of a childhood friend--Holden--with Joan Caulfield, on whom Salinger had a crush.
"I didn't go Hollywood on the outside with flashy cars, upstairs maids and mink covered bathroom fixtures. I went Hollywood on the inside--and that's worst of all. . . . I played a character only in one picture--my first. From then on I was this movie star named Joan Caulfield. I tried to avoid being natural. I lowered my voice. I copied the mannerisms of other stars. I struck poses. I received bad advice--from dramatic coaches, from agents and from studio executives. I stopped being a human being. I blame myself and I blame Hollywood's star system." --Joan Caulfield to writer Erskine Johnson ("The Paramount Pretties" by James Robert Parish, 1972)