Joan Prather worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. Prather began her acting career appearing mainly in films, such as the Angie Dickinson crime feature "Big Bad Mama" (1974), "Smile" (1975) and the action picture "The Devil's Rain" (1975) with Ernest Borgnine. She also appeared in the TV movie "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" (1976-77). She also appeared in the TV special "Battle of the Network Stars VIII" (1979-1980). She also starred in the TV movies "The Deerslayer" (1978-79) and "Sins of the Father" (1984-85). She also had roles in film during these years, including roles in "Rabbit Test" (1978) and "Take This Job and Shove It" (1981) with Robert Hays. She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "Crossroads" (1992-93). Additionally, she appeared on the television special "Protect and Surf" (1988-89). Prather last appeared in "Eight Is Enough: The E! True Hollywood Story" (1999-2000).