Joan Leslie

Place of birth:
Detroit, Michigan, USA:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joan Leslie (born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel; January 26, 1925 – October 12, 2015) was an American actress, dancer, and vaudevillian who, during the Hollywood Golden Age, appeared in such films as High Sierra, Sergeant York, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel was born on January 26, 1925, in Highland Park, Michigan, the youngest child of John and Agnes Brodel. At 15, Leslie had her first significant role as the crippled girl in High Sierra (1941), starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. The same year she played in Sergeant York as York's fiancée. Leslie had a supporting role in The Male Animal (1942) as Olivia de Havilland's younger sister. In Yankee Doodle Dandy (also 1942) she portrayed George M. Cohan's girlfriend/wife. By now, Leslie had become a star whose on-screen image was described as "sweet innocence without seeming too sugary." Leslie was in four motion pictures released during 1943: The Hard Way, starring Ida Lupino and Dennis Morgan; The Sky's the Limit (1943), starring with Fred Astaire; the wartime film This Is the Army (1943) with Ronald Reagan; and finally Thank Your Lucky Stars. During World War II, she was a regular volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen, where she danced with servicemen and signed hundreds of autographs. She was featured with Robert Hutton, among many others, in the Warner Bros. film Hollywood Canteen (1944). In 1946 Leslie's career took a dive when she took Warner Brothers to court in order to get released from her contract based on moral and religious grounds because of the parts they kept giving her. She wanted more serious and mature roles. In 1947, the Catholic Theatre Guild gave Leslie an award because of her "consistent refusal to use her talents and art in film productions of objectionable character." As a result of this, Jack Warner used his influence to blacklist her from other major Hollywood studios. From this point on Leslie had a more irregular film career. In 1947, she signed a two-picture contract with the poverty row studio Eagle-Lion Films. The first one was Repeat Performance (1947), a film noir. The other was Northwest Stampede (1948) in which she performed with James Craig. In 1952, she signed a short-term deal with Republic Pictures. One of the films she made for Republic was Flight Nurse (1953). Her last film was The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). However, she continued making sporadic appearances in television shows while her children were at school. She retired from acting in 1991, after appearing in the TV film Fire in the Dark. Leslie died on October 12, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. She was 90. Her survivors include her two children and one sister, Betty. On October 8, 1960, Joan Leslie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street. In 1999, she was one of the 250 actresses nominated for the American Film Institute's selection of the 25 greatest female screen legends to have debuted before 1950. On August 12, 2006, she received a Golden Boot Award for her contributions to Western television shows and movies.


Public Enemies: The Golden Age of the Gangster Film (2008)
as Herself - Interviewee
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History (2008)
as Herself
Sergeant York: Of God and Country (2006)
Curtains for Roy Earle: The Story of 'High Sierra' (2003)
as Herself - Actress
Gary Cooper: The Face of a Hero (1998)
as Self
Inside the Dream Factory (1995)
as Self
James Cagney: Top of the World (1992)
as Herself
Fire in the Dark (1991)
as Ruthie
Turn Back the Clock (1989)
as Party Guest
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
as Annalee Johnson
Hell's Outpost (1954)
as Sarah Moffit
Jubilee Trail (1954)
as Garnet Hale
Flight Nurse (1953)
as Lt. Polly Davis
Woman They Almost Lynched (1953)
as Sally Maris
Toughest Man in Arizona (1952)
as Mary Kimber
Hellgate (1952)
as Ellen Hanley
Man in the Saddle (1951)
as Laurie Bidwell Isham
Hill Number One: A Story of Faith and Inspiration (1951)
as Claudia
Born to Be Bad (1950)
as Donna Foster
The Skipper Surprised His Wife (1950)
as Daphne Lattimer
Northwest Stampede (1948)
as Chris Johnson
So You Want to Be in Pictures (1947)
as Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Repeat Performance (1947)
as Sheila Page
Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)
as Connie Reed
Janie Gets Married (1946)
as Janie Conway
Cinderella Jones (1946)
as Judy Jones
Too Young to Know (1945)
as Sally Sawyer
Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
as Julie Adams
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
as Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina
Parade of Aquatic Champions (1945)
as Herself
I Am an American (1944)
as Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Herself
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
as Pat Dixon
This Is the Army (1943)
as Eileen Dibble
The Sky's the Limit (1943)
as Joan Manion
Stars on Horseback (1943)
The Hard Way (1943)
as Katherine 'Katie' Chernen
The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
as Herself (segment 'Yankee Doodle Dandy') (archive footage)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
as Mary
The Male Animal (1942)
as Patricia Stanley
Sergeant York (1941)
as Gracie Williams
Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941)
as Receptionist (uncredited)
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
as Mary Matthews
The Wagons Roll at Night (1941)
as Mary Coster
The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)
as Mary Clover
High Sierra (1941)
as Velma
Foreign Correspondent (1940)
as Jones' Sister (uncredited)
Susan and God (1940)
as Party Guest (uncredited)
Star Dust (1940)
as College Girl (uncredited)
Alice in Movieland (1940)
as Alice Purdee (as Joan Brodel)
Young as You Feel (1940)
as Girl (as Joan Brodel)
High School (1940)
as Patsy
Laddie (1940)
as Shelley Stanton
Two Thoroughbreds (1939)
as Wendy Conway (as Joan Brodel)
Winter Carnival (1939)
as Betsy Phillips
Love Affair (1939)
as Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
Nancy Drew... Reporter (1939)
as Mayme, Journalism Student (uncredited)
Men with Wings (1938)
as Young Patricia Falconer
Camille (1936)
as Marie Jeanette (uncredited) © 2021

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