Joan Leslie

Joan Leslie

from the trailer for the film
The Hard Way (1943). Born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel
January 26, 1925 (1925-01-26) (age 85)
Detroit, Michigan Years active 1936–1991 Spouse(s) Dr. William G. Caldwell (1950-2000)
(his death) 2 children

Joan Leslie (born January 26, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American actress.


Born Joan Agnes Theresa Sadie Brodel in Detroit, Michigan, and is Roman Catholic.[1] Leslie began performing at the age of three as part of a vaudeville act with her two sisters. She began her Hollywood acting career while still a teenager, performing under her real name in several movies, beginning with her debut in the MGM movie Camille (1936) with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor.

Leslie got her first major role in High Sierra (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, playing a crippled girl under her new billing as “Joan Leslie”. She also starred in Sergeant York and The Wagons Roll at Night in the same year. She later appeared as James Cagney‘s wife in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), and at age 18 she starred in The Sky’s the Limit (1943) with Fred Astaire.She starred in many more movies until 1950, when she married Dr. William Caldwell. Her last movie role was in The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956), and she eventually retired from acting altogether to look after her identical twin daughters Patrice and Ellen. She has appeared in several television commercials since then, and also made guest appearances in the TV shows Murder, She Wrote and Charlie’s Angels. She also provided commentary as extras on the Yankee Doodle Dandy, Sergeant York, and High Sierra DVDs.Joan was a regular volunteer at the Hollywood Canteen where she danced with the servicemen and granted hundreds of autographs. In 1944, she starred with Robert Hutton in Warner Bros. film, Hollywood Canteen.She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street.

Year Title Role Notes
1936 Camille Marie Jeanette uncredited
1938 Men with Wings Patricia Falconer at Age 11 uncredited
1939 Nancy Drew … Reporter Mayme, Journalism Student uncredited
Love Affair Autograph Seeker uncredited
Winter Carnival Betsy Phillips as Joan Brodel
Two Thoroughbreds Wendy Conway as Joan Brodel
1940 Laddie Shelley Stanton as Joan Brodel
High School Patsy uncredited
Young as You Feel Girl as Joan Brodel
Star Dust College Girl uncredited
Susan and God Party Guest uncredited
Military Academy Marjorie Blake as Joan Brodel
Foreign Correspondent Jones’ Sister uncredited
Alice in Movieland Alice Purdee Short film
1941 High Sierra Velma
The Great Mr. Nobody Mary Clover
The Wagons Roll at Night Mary Coster
Thieves Fall Out Mary Matthews
Sergeant York Gracie Williams
Nine Lives Are Not Enough Newspaper Receptionist uncredited
1942 The Male Animal Patricia Stanley
Yankee Doodle Dandy Mary
1943 The Hard Way Katie Chernen
The Sky’s the Limit Joan Manion
This Is the Army Eileen Dibble
Thank Your Lucky Stars Pat Dixon
1944 Hollywood Canteen Herself
1945 Where Do We Go from Here? Sally Smith / Prudence / Katrina
Rhapsody in Blue Julie Adams
Too Young to Know Sally Sawyer
1946 Cinderella Jones Judy Jones
Janie Gets Married Janie Conway
Two Guys from Milwaukee Connie Reed
1947 Repeat Performance Sheila Page
1948 Northwest Stampede Christine “Honey” Johnson
1950 The Skipper Surprised His Wife Daphne Lattimer
Born to Be Bad Donna Foster
1951 Man in the Saddle Laurie Bidwell Isham
1952 Hellgate Ellen Hanley
Toughest Man in Arizona Mary Kimber
1953 Woman They Almost Lynched Sally Maris
Flight Nurse Lt. Polly Davis
1954 Jubilee Trail Garnet Hale
Hell’s Outpost Sarah Moffit
1956 The Revolt of Mamie Stover Annalee Johnson
1986 Charley Hannah Sandy Hannah TV movie
1989 Turn Back the Clock Party Guest TV movie
1991 Fire in the Dark Ruthie TV movie

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