Joanne  Dru

Joanne Dru

Female 1922 - 1996  (74 years)    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Joanne Dru 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 31 Jan 1922  Logan, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 10 Sep 1996  Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372467  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 

    Family 1 John Benjamin Ireland,   b. 30 Jan 1914, Vancouver, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1992, Santa Barbara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 7 Aug 1949 
    • 2 children
    Divorced 16 May 1957 
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 
    Family ID F147535  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Dick Haymes,   b. 13 Sep 1916, Buenos Aires, Argentina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1980, Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 21 Sep 1941 
    • 3 children
    Divorced Jul 1949 
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 
    Family ID F144733  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 C. V. Wood, Jr.,   d. 1993 
    Married 1972 
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 
    Family ID F144731  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 George Pierose,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1963 
    Last Modified 26 May 2006 
    Family ID F144730  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The daughter of a West Virginia druggist, Joanne came to New York in 1940. In New York, she worked as a model and was cast by Al Jolson , as one of the showgirls in his Broadway play "Hold Onto Your Hats". When the show closed in 1941, Joanne married popular singer Dick Haymes and went with him to Hollywood. Discovered by a talent scout while working in the theater, Joanne made her screen debut in a film called Abie's Irish Rose (1946), and that picture almost ended her career. Two years later, she would become well known with her role of Tess in the classic Western Red River (1948). She followed that with another Western titled She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), again playing opposite John Wayne . With two of the best Westerns directed by John Ford and Howard Hawks , the scripts submitted to her were predominately Western and she became typecast. This was from a woman who said "I simply hated horses...". In 1950, she was cast in another Western called Wagon Master (1950) which became the basis for the Ward Bond Television Series called "Wagon Train" (1957). Even though she did other roles besides Westerns, those roles were not what she is remembered for. She appeared in films like All the King's Men (1949), The Pride of St. Louis (1952) and Hell on Frisco Bay (1955). By the mid 50's, Western's were running out of steam and so was her screen career, so she turned to Television where she appeared on shows such as "Playhouse 90" (1956). In 1960, Joanne was cast in the role of the Eastern Owner of a Dude Ranch in the Television Series "Guestward Ho!" (1960). Perhaps even funnier that she would play an Easterner after all those Westerns is the fact that her character name was "Babs". The show ended in 1961.

      Spouse
      George Pierose (1963 - ?) John Ireland (7 August 1949 - 16 May 1957) (divorced) 2 children Dick Haymes (21 September 1941 - July 1949) (divorced) 3 children
      Trivia
      Her mother was president of the Motion Picture Mothers 1975-76.
      Sister of entertainer Peter Marshall . (See also Tommy Noonan .)
      Aunt of professional baseball player Pete LaCock.
      She had two sons by her marriage with John Ireland : John Ireland and Peter Ireland .

      Personal quotes
      [In an interview with Hedda Hopper in 1957, about her attitude toward westerns] "Once you're typed, you're lost."
      [Same interview] "And those long gingham dresses with boned bodices are miserable things to wear."


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