Joan began her singing career in vaudeville at the age of nine. Despite her experience, the studio dubbed her voice (Sally Sweetland) in almost all her movie appearances. She did manage to make the vocal cut on A Lot in Common in The Sky's the Limit. While Fred Astaire is a doddering 44-years-old in this film, Joan turned eighteen during the filming. The following clip is of Fred and Joan dancing to an instrumental version of This Could be My Shining Hour.
You may also remember Joan as James Cagney's sweetheart in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
During the war years, she was a regular at the Hollywood Canteen performing for servicemen. She was a print model and appeared on many movie magazine covers. A real pin-up girl of the times...one of the few that was actually near the age of many of the young soldiers.
If you're looking for a happy ending for a Hollywood star, Joan would be your example. She married a doctor in 1950 and had twin daughters. After her daughters were grown, she returned to the public eye with appearance in various television shows.
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