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Joan Caulfield was a movie and Broadway actress and former fashion model. Hailed in her time as one of the screen’s great beauties, many of her cameramen said she was one of the few women in Hollywood whom it was virtually impossible to photograph badly.
Joan Caulfield was born June 1, 1922 in East Orange, New Jersey. She moved to West Orange during childhood but continued attending Miss Beard’s School in Orange, New Jersey. During her teenage years, the family moved to New York City where Joan eventually attended Columbia University. She was discovered by Broadway producers which started a successful career on stage. This led to a contract with Paramont Pictures. Her first role was in “Miss Susie Slagle’s” (1946) which also starred Veronica Lake, Sonny Tufts, Billy DeWolfe, and Lillian Gish. Her next movie was opposite Bob Hope in “Monsieur Beaucaire” (1946) and then she played the love interest of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire in “Blue Skies” (1946). She was lent out to Warner Bros. and starred in what was probably her most memorable role in the film-noir classic “The Unsuspected” (1947) with Claude Rains, Audrey Totter, and Constance Bennett.
Joan Caulfield starred in eleven movies from 1946-1951 before turning to television. She appeared on programs such as “Cheyenne”, “Baretta”, and “Murder, She Wrote”, with Angela Lansbury. In the 1957-1958 season, Caulfield starred in her own short-lived NBC situation comedy, “Sally” in the role of a traveling companion to an elderly widow, played by Marion Lorne.
In 1950, Joan Caulfield married the film producer Frank Ross, with whom she had a son Caulfield Kevin Ross. The couple divorced in 1960. Caulfield later married Robert Peterson, a dentist, with whom she had her second son John Caulfield Peterson. This marriage ended in divorce as well. At the time of her death, she had one grandchild
Joan Caulfield died in Los Angelas, California at the age 69 from lung cancer. Her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.