As a young girl, Joanne Tree Winship was a film and early television actress, but when she grew up, she became a Broadway actress and finally ended up a journalist at The New York Postcovering everything from fashion shows and lifestyles, to the profiles of artists performing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Born and raised in New York City, Tree launched her film career at ten with a bit part in Nancy Drew - Detective (1938). From there she appeared in numerous other youth-oriented pictures, including Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) and First Love (1939). Tree also appeared in the Andy Hardy film series. Tree headed for Broadway shortly after hitting her teens and appeared in numerous plays. She became a journalist after marrying United Press senior editor Frederick M. Winship. Tree was also heavily involved with charity work and was in charge of arranging benefits for the New York City Opera and other institutions representing the arts. After suffering a long illness the 73-year-old Tree passed away on August 20, 1997, in New York City.
~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide