Joan Blondell

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  • Joan Blondell: In the '20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the '30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that. Jimmy Cagney and Eddie Robinson had voices that were as important as the characters they played. You knew what you were getting even before you paid for the ticket.

  • Joan Blondell: There's a very fine line between underacting and not acting at all. And not acting is what a lot of actors are guilty of. It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a deadpan are getting away with it. I'd hate to see them on stage with a dog act.

Trivia (19)

  • Joan appeared in magazine ads for Lux Soap in 1934.

  • Joan appeared on a Coca Cola placard that was displayed in many stores in 1932.

  • Joan appeared in a magazine advertisement for Beau Cake cosmetics in 1947.

  • Joan published a novel loosely based on her own life, Center Door Fancy, in 1972.

  • Joan won the Miss Dallas pageant in 1926 under the name of "Rosebud" Blondell and also came in 4th in the Miss America pageant that year.

  • Joan's younger sister, Gloria, was also an actress.

  • Joan was nominated in 1958 for the Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actress In A Drama for "The Rope Dancers."

  • Joan's measurements: 37-21 1/2-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

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