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Joanna Cook Moore
Born Dorothy Cook
November 10, 1934(1934-11-10)
Americus, Georgia, U.S.
Died November 22, 1997 (aged 63)
Indian Wells, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Joanna Moore
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957-1986
Spouse(s) Willis Moore (? – ?)
Ryan O'Neal (1963 – 1967)

Joanna Cook Moore (November 10, 1934 – November 22, 1997) was an American film and television actress best known for her guest roles on the popular television shows of the 1960s, most notably as Sheriff Andy Taylor's love interest, Peggy "Peg" McMillan in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.[1] She was married to actor Ryan O'Neal and is the mother of Tatum O'Neal. She is often credited as Joanna Moore.


Early life

She was born Dorothy Cook, the elder of two daughters, in Americus, Georgia to Henry Cook, an atomic scientist, and Dorothy English Cook. When she was a child, her parents and younger sister were involved in a fatal car accident. Her mother and sister died immediately, while her father died a year after the accident from the injuries he sustained. For a time, Cook was raised by her grandmother until she became mentally and physically incapable. Cook was then adopted by a wealthy local family and changed her name from Dorothy to Joanna.[2]

As a teen, she married, and quickly divorced, Willis Moore. After the divorce, she attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. While attending college, she entered and won a beauty contest and was brought to Hollywood. Cook Moore's acting career began when she was spotted at a cocktail party by a producer for Universal.


Cook Moore made her film debut in a 1957 crime drama, Appointment with a Shadow. Later that year, she appeared in episodes of Goodyear Theater and Harbourmaster, along with another film, Slim Carter. She also appeared in the new television series Wagon Train with Ricardo Montalban in the episode The Jean LeBee Story. In 1958, she had a small role in the film noir classic Touch of Evil, with Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich. The same year, she appeared in Monster on the Campus and Ride a Crooked Trail. Throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s, Cook Moore continued to appear in television on shows such as Studio One, Harbourmaster, Bachelor Father, Kraft Television Theatre, The Rough Riders, The Millionaire, The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Hong Kong, The Brothers Brannagan, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive and Route 66.

In 1962, Cook Moore appeared as Miss Precious in Walk on the Wild Side with Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck and Capucine, followed by the musical, Follow That Dream with Elvis Presley. She continued to land roles on television shows during the late 1960s and early 1970s, appearing in Bewitched, Nanny and the Professor, McCloud, and The Waltons. Cook Moore made her last screen appearance in the 1986 film, Run Chrissie Run!.

Personal life

On April 3, 1963, Cook Moore married actor Ryan O'Neal. She had earlier guest starred on O'Neal's television series Empire filmed on a New Mexico ranch. The couple had two children, Tatum Beatrice O'Neal, born in 1963, and Griffin Patrick O'Neal, born in 1964.[3] The marriage was tempestuous and the couple separated in early 1966.[4]

Around the time of the separation, Cook Moore began to abuse alcohol and drugs, namely amphetamine. She continued acting, but her depression worsened over her impending divorce. In February 1967, O'Neal and Cook Moore's divorce became final, and O'Neal quickly married actress Leigh Taylor-Young. The two had a son together the same year.[2]

Later years

In 1970, Cook Moore acknowledged her addiction to drugs and alcohol and checked herself into the Camarillo State Hospital for treatment. The next year, she was arrested for drunk driving after she and O'Neal got into a fight while she and their children were visiting O'Neal's Malibu home. After her arrest, she lost custody of both Tatum and Griffin.[2]

In 1975, she married Gary L. Reeves; however, the marriage was short lived and ended in 1976. By the late 1970s, she was being supported financially by daughter Tatum, who had become an Academy Award winning actress at age 10, and one of the highest-paid child stars of the era. The children were still in Ryan O'Neal's custody, and despite treatment, Cook Moore continued to abuse drugs and alcohol. As a result, she was arrested five times for DUI throughout the 1980s and 1990s.[2]


In 1996, Cook Moore, a long-time smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On November 22, 1997, she died from the disease. Her daughter Tatum O'Neal was by her side at the time of her death.[2]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1957 Slim Carter Charlene Carroll
1958 Flood Tide Barbara Brooks Alternative title: Above All Things
1959 The Last Angry Man Alice Taggart
1962 Follow That Dream Alicia Claypole
1963 Son of Flubber Desiree de la Roche
1966 Nevada Smith Angie (saloon girl) Uncredited
1968 Countdown Mickey Stegler
Never a Dull Moment Melanie Smooth
1972 J.C. Miriam Wages Alternative title: Iron Horsemen
1975 The Hindenburg Mrs. Channing
1986 Run Chrissie Run! Cricket coach Alternative title: Moving Targets
Year Title Role Notes
1957 Goodyear Theater Alice 1 episode
1958 Bachelor Father Diana Webster 1 episode
1959 The Real McCoys Lori Parker 1 episode
Bourbon Street Beat Karen Delastone 1 episode
The Rifleman Eleanor Claremont 1 episode
Maverick Linda Burke 1 episode
Bat Masterson Sharon Stabler 1 episode
Riverboat Kitty McGuire 1 episode
1960 Tales of Wells Fargo Arlene Howell 1 episode
Adventures in Paradise Ricky 1 episode
The Rebel Barbara Dyer 1 episode
1961 Follow the Sun Constance 1 episode
1962 Ripcord Jill Kelly 1 episode
Empire Althea Dodd 1 episode
1962-1963 The Andy Griffith Show Peggy McMillan 4 episodes
1963 The Dakotas Doll Harvey 1 episode
1964 The Lieutenant Julie Havener 1 episode
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Mabel 1 episode
1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Fran Parsons 1 episode
My Three Sons Helen Saunders 1 episode
The Wild Wild West Linda Medford 1 episode
1966 Daniel Boone Lacey Lowe 1 episode
Run for Your Life Kay Mills 1 episode
Felony Squad Betty Reilly 1 episode
1967 T.H.E. Cat Valerie Evans 1 episode
Cowboy in Africa Peggy Fisher 1 episode
The Iron Horse Maggie Briggs 1 episode
1969 Judd, for the Defense Barbara Townsend 1 episode
The High Chaparral Charlene "Charly" Converse 1 episode
1970 The Governor & J.J. Cynthia Lockwood 1 episode
The Name of the Game Emily 1 episode
The Most Deadly Game Paula Winton 1 episode
1974 Police Story Lisa Roberts 1 episode
1975 Kung Fu Lula Morgan 1 episode
1976 Petrocelli Kay Willis 1 episode
1980 Scout's Honor Mrs. Odum Television movie


  1. ^ "Episode/Cast Member Search results". The Andy Griffith Show Rerun Watchers Club. Retrieved 12 July 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e Joanna Moore - The Private Life and Times of Joanna Moore
  3. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. HarperEntertainment. pp. 14. ISBN 0-060-54097-4.  
  4. ^ O'Neal, Tatum (2004). A Paper Life. HarperEntertainment. pp. 18. ISBN 0-060-54097-4.  

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