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    • 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).

    • Joan co-starred in 6 films with James Cagney, more than any other actress, including:
      Sinner's Holiday (1930)
      Other Men's Women (1931)
      The Public Enemy (1931)
      Blonde Crazy (1931)
      The Crowd Roars (1932)
      He Was Her Man (1934)

    • Joan was married 3 times, to George Barnes from 1932 to 1936, to Dick Powell from 1936 to 1944, and to Michael Todd, from 1947 to 1950.

    • Joan was set to star in Strait-Jacket (1964) but an accident prevented her and Joan Crawford was picked in her place.

    • Joan turned down the role of Lola Delaney in Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) despite being first choice of writer William Inge, who thought that Shirley Booth, who was chosen for the part, was too plain-looking to have been a high school beauty queen.

    • Joan starred in an unsold pilot for a comedy series in 1959 called "The Jacksons."

    • Joan was nominated twice for the Emmy for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series for her role as Lottie Hatfield in Here Come The Brides in 1969 and 1970.

    • Joan was nominated twice for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, for The Cincinnati Kid (1965) and Opening Night (1977).

    • Joan received the National Board Of Review award for Best Supporting Actress in The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

    • Joan has a Motion Picture star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 6309 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Joan was 5 feet 3 inches tall.

    • Joan received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1952 for The Blue Veil (1951).

  • Quotes

    • 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.

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