Joan Blondell

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Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress who performed in movies and on television for half a century.wikipedia
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Pre-Code Hollywood

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Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Bros. pictures, and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions.
Many of Hollywood's biggest stars such as Clark Gable, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, and Edward G. Robinson got their start in the era.

Gloria Blondell

Her younger sister, Gloria Blondell, also an actress, was briefly married to film producer Albert R. Broccoli.
Gloria Blondell (August 16, 1915 – March 25, 1986) was an actress, known for her film work between 1938 and 1962, and was the younger sister of Joan Blondell.

Glenda Farrell

She was most active in films during the 1930s, and during this time, she co-starred with Glenda Farrell in nine films, in which the duo portrayed gold diggers.
She appeared with Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in the Academy Award-nominated Gold Diggers of 1935 and Gold Diggers of 1937 musical film series.

Opening Night (1977 film)

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Near the end of her life, Blondell was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Cassavetes's Opening Night (1977).
Opening Night is a 1977 American drama film written and directed by John Cassavetes, and starring Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara, Joan Blondell, Paul Stewart, Zohra Lampert, and Cassavetes.

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

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Near the end of her life, Blondell was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in John Cassavetes's Opening Night (1977).
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The Blue Veil (1951 film)

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She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in The Blue Veil (1951). Her performance in her next film, The Blue Veil (1951), earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Jane Wyman stars in a cast that also includes Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, and Agnes Moorehead.

The Champ (1979 film)

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She featured in roles in two more films — Grease (1978) and The Champ (1979) — released shortly before her death from leukemia.
It is also the final film for actress Joan Blondell to be released during her lifetime.

The Public Enemy

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Blondell was paired with James Cagney in such films as Sinners' Holiday (1930) – the film version of Penny Arcade – and The Public Enemy (1931), and was one-half of a gold-digging duo with Glenda Farrell in nine films.
The Public Enemy (Enemies of the Public in the UK ) is a 1931 American all-talking pre-Code gangster film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and stars James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Donald Cook, and Joan Blondell.

Gold Diggers of 1933

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Her stirring rendition of "Remember My Forgotten Man" in the Busby Berkeley production of Gold Diggers of 1933, in which she co-starred with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, became an anthem for the frustrations of the unemployed and the government's failed economic policies.
It stars Warren William, Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, and Dick Powell, and features Guy Kibbee, Ned Sparks and Ginger Rogers.

Warner Bros.

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Establishing herself as a sexy, wisecracking blonde, she was a pre-Code staple of Warner Bros. pictures, and appeared in more than 100 movies and television productions.
Dorothy Mackaill, Dolores del Río, Bebe Daniels, Frank Fay, Winnie Lightner, Bernice Claire, Alexander Gray, Alice White, and Jack Mulhall that had characterized the urban, modern, and sophisticated attitude of the 1920s gave way to James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Edward G. Robinson, Warren William and Barbara Stanwyck, who would be more acceptable to the common man.

The Perfect Specimen

In 1937, she starred opposite Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen.
The Perfect Specimen is a 1937 film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell.

Nightmare Alley (film)

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She was also featured prominently in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) and Nightmare Alley (1947).
Nightmare Alley is a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and directed by Edmund Goulding.

Grease (film)

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She featured in roles in two more films — Grease (1978) and The Champ (1979) — released shortly before her death from leukemia.
Joan Blondell as Vi, a waitress at the Frosty Palace

James Cagney

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In 1930, she starred with James Cagney in Penny Arcade on Broadway.
Playing opposite Cagney in Maggie the Magnificent was Joan Blondell, who starred again with him a few months later in Marie Baumer's new play Penny Arcade.

Dick Powell

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Her stirring rendition of "Remember My Forgotten Man" in the Busby Berkeley production of Gold Diggers of 1933, in which she co-starred with Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler, became an anthem for the frustrations of the unemployed and the government's failed economic policies.
He was top billed in Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) and Broadway Gondolier (1935), both with Joan Blondell.

Errol Flynn

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In 1937, she starred opposite Errol Flynn in The Perfect Specimen.
Warners then gave Flynn his first starring role in a comedy, The Perfect Specimen (1937), with Joan Blondell under the direction of Curtiz.

Miss America 1926

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Under the name Rosebud Blondell, she won the 1926 Miss Dallas pageant, was a finalist in an early version of the Miss Universe pageant in May 1926, and placed fourth for Miss America 1926 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September of that same year.
One of the finalists, Rosebud Blondell, became the successful Hollywood actress Joan Blondell.

Sinners' Holiday

Blondell was paired with James Cagney in such films as Sinners' Holiday (1930) – the film version of Penny Arcade – and The Public Enemy (1931), and was one-half of a gold-digging duo with Glenda Farrell in nine films.
Sinners' Holiday is a 1930 all-talking Hollywood pre-Code crime drama film starring Grant Withers, Evalyn Knapp and featuring James Cagney (in his film debut), Lucille La Verne, and Joan Blondell.

Jack L. Warner

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Placed under contract by Warner Bros., she moved to Hollywood, where studio boss Jack L. Warner wanted her to change her name to "Inez Holmes", but Blondell refused.
Then, in 1930, he spotted future stars James Cagney, Joan Blondell, and Frank McHugh in the cast of a New York play called Penny Arcade.

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

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She played supporting roles in The Opposite Sex (1956), Desk Set (1957), and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957).
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? is a 1957 American satirical comedy film starring Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall, with Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones, Lili Gentle, and Mickey Hargitay, and with a cameo by Groucho Marx.

The Cincinnati Kid

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She received considerable acclaim for her performance as Lady Fingers in Norman Jewison's The Cincinnati Kid (1965), garnering a Golden Globe nomination and National Board of Review win for Best Supporting Actress.
The film garnered mixed reviews from critics on its initial release; supporting actors Robinson and Joan Blondell earned award nominations for their performances.

24th Academy Awards

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Her performance in her next film, The Blue Veil (1951), earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945 film)

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She was also featured prominently in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) and Nightmare Alley (1947).
Other stars are Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, Lloyd Nolan, Ted Donaldson, and James Dunn, who received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Francie's father.

Albert R. Broccoli

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Her younger sister, Gloria Blondell, also an actress, was briefly married to film producer Albert R. Broccoli.
In 1940, at the age of 31, he married actress Gloria Blondell, the younger sister of Joan Blondell.

Adventure (1945 film)

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She was well received in her later films, despite being relegated to character and supporting roles after 1945, when she was billed below the title for the first time in 14 years in Adventure, which starred Clark Gable and Greer Garson.
However his attention turns swiftly to her outgoing roommate, Helen Melohn (Joan Blondell), who has stopped in to walk her home.