Joan Shawlee

Actor, Model, Nightclub entertainer
While working as a nightclub performer in her native New York City, Joan Shawlee was discovered by comedian Lou Costello of the Abbott and Costello comedy duo. Costello was so impressed by Shawlee that he cast her as an ... Read more »
Born: 03/05/1926 in Forest Hills, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Peggy Barker (Actor)

The Circle Family 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

Receptionist (Actor)

Joe's World 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Matt Helm 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Flash and the Firecat 1974 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

One More Train to Rob 1970 (Movie)

Big Nellie (Actor)

Willard 1970 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Live a Little, Love a Little 1968 (Movie)

Woman in Apartment (Actor)

Tony Rome 1967 (Movie)

Fat Candy (Actor)

The Dick Van Dyke Show 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reluctant Astronaut 1966 (Movie)

Blonde in Bar (Actor)

The Wild Angels 1965 (Movie)

Mama Monahan (Actor)

Irma la Douce 1963 (Movie)

Amazon Annie (Actor)

Critic's Choice 1962 (Movie)

Marge Orr (Actor)

The Apartment 1960 (Movie)

Sylvia (Actor)

The Betty Hutton Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Some Like It Hot 1959 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

A Farewell to Arms 1957 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

Conquest of Space 1955 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

About Mrs. Leslie 1954 (Movie)

Girl at Night Club (Actor)

Casanova's Big Night 1954 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

Pride of the Blue Grass 1954 (Movie)

Mrs Casey (Actor)

The Abbott and Costello Show 1951 - 1954 (TV Show)

Actor

All Ashore 1953 (Movie)

Hedy (Actor)

From Here to Eternity 1953 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

Loose in London 1953 (Movie)

Tall Girl (Actor)

Child Bride of Short Creek (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Men Tell No Tales (TV Show)

Actor

Never Con a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Something For a Lonely Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Feather and Father Gang (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

While working as a nightclub performer in her native New York City, Joan Shawlee was discovered by comedian Lou Costello of the Abbott and Costello comedy duo. Costello was so impressed by Shawlee that he cast her as an Army lieutenant in the 1947 Abbott and Costello war comedy "Buck Privates Come Home". Shawlee was billed as Joan Fulton in that film and several others, including 1947's "The Vigilantes Return" and "Woman on the Run" in 1950. By the mid-1950s she was credited by her birth name, Joan Shawlee, and started to gain credibility as a wisecracking comedienne, helped in part by her many appearances on TV's "The Abbott and Costello Show". It wasn't until she was cast alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in 1959's screwball classic "Some Like It Hot", however, that Shawlee's career really began to take off. Shawlee played the tyrannical bandleader Sweet Sue, and quickly earned a fan in the film's director, Billy Wilder. Wilder continued to cast Shawlee in choice supporting roles in several of his later films, including 1960's "The Apartment", 1963's "Irma La Douce", and his last film, 1981's "Buddy Buddy", in which Shawlee played a receptionist.

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