Joan Caulfield

Actor, Model
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/31/1922 in Orange, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Evil Spirits 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pony Express Rider 1975 (Movie)

Charlotte (Actor)

The Magician 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Daring Dobermans 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The High Chaparral 1967 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Buckskin 1968 (Movie)

Nora Johnson (Actor)

Red Tomahawk 1966 (Movie)

Dakota Llil (Actor)

Cattle King 1962 (Movie)

Sharleen (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars 1951 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Sally 1957 - 1958 (Tv Show)

Actor

Screen Director's Playhouse 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rains of Ranchipur 1955 (Movie)

Fern (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monsieur Beaucaire 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue Skies (Movie)

Mary O'Hara (Actor)

Larceny (Movie)

Deborah Owens Clark (Actor)

The Petty Girl (Movie)

Victoria Braymore (Actor)

The Sainted Sisters (Movie)

Jane Stanton (Actor)

The Unsuspected (Movie)

Matilda Frazier (Actor)

Biography

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 By the 1950s, her upper middle-class blonde good looks and cultivated manner had been superseded by the more dramatic screen presence of Grace Kelly, her (more acclaimed) successor to the type.

Relationships

Henry Caulfield

Father
comptroller for Manhattan-based aircraft company

Bell Caulfield

Sister
youngest sister signed as Joan Caulfield's understudy for Broadway show, "Kiss and Tell" (1943)

Bing Crosby Actor

Companion
co-starred with Caulfield in "Blue Skies" (1946), "Variety Girl" (1947) and "Welcome Stranger" (1947)

Mary Parker

Sister
eldest sister

Robert Peterson

Husband
married on November 24, 1960 divorced in 1969

John Peterson

Son
born on March 22, 1962 father, Robert Peterson

Frank Ross Producer

Husband
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

Caulfield Ross

Son
born on November 7, 1959 father, Frank Ross

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York 1940

Miss Bean's School for Girls

New Jersey

Lincoln School of Teachers College

New York , New York

Milestones

1991

Last feature film, "Evil Spirits"

1987

Made guest appearance on TV series, "Murder She Wrote"

1965

Named vice president of Lustre Shine Company Inc.

1963

Returned to film after an eight-year hiatus in "Cattle King"

1962

Appeared in stock producion of "Cactus Flower"

1950

TV debut in "Saturday's Children"

1948

Toured with John Payne in "Voice of the Turtle"

1944

Appeared in a bit part in first feature to be released, "Duffy's Tavern"

1943

Starred in first feature, "Miss Susie Slagle's" (not released until 1946)

1943

Signed a four-figure contract with Paramount, guaranteeing her a yearly option to work six months on Broadway

1942

First starring Broadway role, "Kiss and Tell"

1941

Broadway debut as dumb blonde in George Abbott's production of the musical, "Beat the Band"

1941

Worked as a Harry Conover model; appeared on cover of LIFE magazine (May 11, 1942)

1940

Acted with Morningside Players (date approximate)

Starred in live TV comedy series, "My Favorite Husband" opposite Barry Nelson

Made two Western programmers for A.C. Lyles, "Red Tomahawk" (1967) and "Buckskin" (1968)

Became vice president, North Star Company of Nevada, an oil-interest combine in the late 1950s

Appeared in dramatic roles on numerous TV anthologies in the 1950s

Starred in several musicals and westerns

Appeared in summer stock productions of "Claudia" and "Dream Girl" in the early 1950s

Featured in TV series, "The High Chaparral"

Appointed vice president, TV programming, Donnelly Telecommunications

Co-produced and starred in TV series, "Sally"

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