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Joyce Jameson
Born September 26, 1932(1932-09-26)
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 16, 1987 (aged 54)
Burbank, California
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951—1984
Spouse(s) Billy Barnes

Joyce Jameson (September 26, 1932 - January 16, 1987) was an American actress best remembered for her blonde bimbo roles during the Marilyn Monroe period. She was known for many television roles including recurring guest appearances as “Skippy” in the 1960s television series The Andy Griffith Show and also for film portrayals such as "The Blonde" in the 1960 Academy Award winner The Apartment.

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Career

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Films

Jameson began work in the early 1950s with numerous uncredited roles in films and television. She made her film debut in 1951 playing a chorus girl dancer in the motion picture Show Boat. Her other notable film credits of that early period included Problem Girls (1953), Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) and The Apartment (1960).

In 1962, she starred alongside Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in the Roger Corman horror film Tales of Terror as Annabel Herringbone. She played Lorre's vulgar, unfaithful wife and during the course of the film she and her paramour (Price) were locked up in Lorre's wine cellar. One year later, she again starred alongside Lorre and Price in the raucous comedy The Comedy of Terrors (released in 1964), where she was more typically cast as she had been in the 1950s.

Jameson opposite Peter Lorre in Tales of Terror (1962)

For Jameson, 1966 proved to be an important year. She starred as Abigail in the Elvis Presley film Frankie and Johnny and in Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! alongside Bob Hope and Elke Sommer. She also appeared in an unsold comedy pilot for CBS called The Mouse That Roared but it was never released. In the 1970s, Jameson had notable roles in films such as Death Race 2000 (1975) playing Grace Pander and she appeared in the 1976 Clint Eastwood western The Outlaw Josey Wales as Rose, further illustrating that her acting spanned a great number of genres. She also appeared in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and one of her last roles was Hardbodies (1984).

Television

Jameson was also well credited as a television actress. Aside from her ongoing role as Skippy in The Andy Griffith Show, she appeared in guest roles in numerous television series including Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, McHale's Navy, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, F-Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Alias Smith and Jones, Emergency! and Barney Miller. Towards the late 1970s she appeared in Charlie's Angels and in the early 1980s The Love Boat.

Personal life and death

Contrary to her onscreen stereotype, off screen Jameson was said to be the direct opposite of her screen persona. She was reportedly intelligent, sensitive, and extremely well read. She was married to actor/songwriter Billy Barnes for much of her earlier life, and was a longtime girlfriend of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn.

According to Vaughn's autobiography A Fortunate Life, Jameson suffered from mild depression. She was also an insomniac and regularly took Miltowns to help her sleep.[1] On January 16, 1987, Jameson committed suicide by overdosing on pills at the age of 54.[2] Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.

Selected filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1951 The Son of Dr. Jekyll Barmaid Uncredited
1954 Phffft! Secretary Uncredited
1956 Crime Against Joe Gloria Wayne
1963 The Balcony Penitent
1964 Good Neighbor Sam Elsie Hooker
1968 The Split Jennifer
1975 Death Race 2000 Grace Pander
1976 Scorchy Mary Davis Alternative title: Race with Death
1980 Pray TV Millie Peebles Alternative title: K-GOD
1983 The Man Who Loved Women Uncredited
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1956 Science Fiction Theatre Nina Lasalle 1 episode
1958 Playhouse 90 Miss Cooper 1 episode
1959 Yancy Derringer Bonnie Mason 1 episode
1960 The Betty Hutton Show Beverly Bell
1961 Lock-Up Coralee 1 episode
1962 Outlaws Lotus 1 episode
1963 The Danny Thomas Show Nikki Stewart 1 episode
1964 Grindl Laverne 1 episode
1965 The Baileys of Balboa Mary Brown 1 episode
1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Blanche 1 episode
1966 Hogan's Heroes Mady Pfeiffer 1 episode
1967 The Big Valley The Blonde 1 episode
1969 The Virginian Millie 1 episode
1970 Run, Simon, Run Esther Television movie
Alternative titles: Savage Run
The Tradition of Simon Zuniga
1971 Ironside Mrs. Akerman 1 episode
1972 Women in Chains Simpson Television movie
1973 Here's Lucy Prisoner 1 episode
1974 Movin' On Angela Wentworth 1 episode
1975 The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant Mrs. Graham Television movie
1976 Baretta Lucille 1 episode
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Norma 1 episode
1978 Crash Sophie Cross Television movie
Alternative title: Crash of Flight 401
1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited Lola (Showgirl) Television movie
1982 The Fall Guy Lucille 1 episode

References

  1. ^ Vaughn, Robert (2008). A Fortunate Life. MacMillian. pp. 88. ISBN 0-312-37112-8.  
  2. ^ Del Valle, David (2001-01-01). "CAMP DAVID JANUARY 2007". filmsinreview.com. pp. 4. http://www.filmsinreview.com/2007/01/01/camp-david-january-2007/4/. Retrieved 2009-05-13.  

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