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Joanne Dru (born Joan Letitia LaCock; Known as Joan Lacock in th
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Career

Born in
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''. When she moved to Hollywood, she found work in the theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first film appearance in ''Abie's Irish Rose (1946 film), Abie's Irish Rose'' (1946). Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television. She was often cast in Western (genre), western films such as Howard Hawks's '' Red River'' (1948), John Ford's ''
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'' (1950). She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film ''
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'' (1949), which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, and co-starred with Dan Dailey in ''The Pride of St. Louis'' (1952), about major-league baseball pitcher Dizzy Dean, Jerome "Dizzy" Dean. She appeared in the James Stewart drama ''Thunder Bay (film), Thunder Bay'' in 1953 and then the Martin and Lewis comedy ''3 Ring Circus'' (1954). Her film career petered out by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working frequently in television, most notably as Babs Hooten on the 1960–61 American Broadcasting Company, ABC situation comedy, sitcom, ''Guestward, Ho!''. After ''Guestward, Ho!'', she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, with one feature film appearance, in ''Sylvia (1965 film), Sylvia'' (1965), and eight television appearances. For her contribution to the television industry, Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Personal life

She was the elder sister of Peter Marshall (game show host), Peter Marshall, an actor and singer best known as the original host of the American game show ''Hollywood Squares''. Dru married popular Dick Haymes in 1941. The couple had three children. Divorced from Haymes in 1949, Dru married ''Red River'' and ''All the King's Men'' co-star John Ireland (actor), John Ireland less than a month later. The pair divorced in 1957. She had no children from her marriage to Ireland, or subsequent two marriages. She was a staunch Republican Party (United States), Republican, supporting Barry Goldwater in the 1964 United States presidential election and appeared at a 1968 GOP cocktail party fundraiser for Richard Nixon.


Death

Dru died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1996, aged 74, from a respiratory ailment that developed from lymphedema, a result of chemotherapy she had received over her lifetime, according to her brother. Her ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean.


Selected filmography

* ''Abie's Irish Rose'' (1946) – Rosemary Murphy Levy * '' Red River'' (1948) – Tess Millay * ''
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'' (1949) – Olivia Dandridge * ''
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'' (1949) – Anne Stanton * ''
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'' (1950) – Denver * ''711 Ocean Drive'' (1950) – Gail Mason * ''Vengeance Valley'' (1951) – Jen Strobie * ''Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell'' (1951) – Miss Harriet Tripp * ''Return of the Texan'' (1952) – Ann Marshall * ''The Pride of St. Louis'' (1952) – Patricia Nash Dean * ''My Pal Gus'' (1952) – Lydia Marble * ''Thunder Bay (film), Thunder Bay'' (1953) – Stella Rigaud * ''Hannah Lee (film), Hannah Lee'' (1953) – Hannah Lee (Hallie McLaird) * ''Forbidden (1953 film), Forbidden'' (1953) – Christine Lawrence Manard * ''Duffy of San Quentin'' (1954) – Anne Halsey * ''Southwest Passage'' (1954) – Lilly * ''Siege at Red River'' (1954) – Nora Curtis * ''3 Ring Circus'' (1954) – Jill Brent * ''Day of Triumph'' (1954) – Mary Magdalene * ''The Dark Avenger'' (1955) – Lady Joan Holland * ''Sincerely Yours (film), Sincerely Yours'' (1955) – Marion Moore * ''Hell on Frisco Bay'' (1956) – Marcia Rollins * ''Drango'' (1957) – Kate Calder * ''The Light in the Forest (film), The Light in the Forest'' (1958) – Milly Elder * ''The Wild and the Innocent'' (1959) – Marcy * ''September Storm'' (1960) – Anne Traymore * ''Sylvia (1965 film), Sylvia'' (1965) – Jane (Bronson) Phillips * ''Super Fuzz'' (''Poliziotto superpiù'') (1980) – Rosy Labouche (final film role)


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