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June 29, 2022

40 Gorgeous Photos of Joanne Dru in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1922 as Joan Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, American actress Joanne Dru moved to New York City in 1940 at the age of eighteen and made her first film appearance in Abie’s Irish Rose (1946). Over the next decade, she appeared frequently in films and on television.

Dru was often cast in western films and known for such films as Howard Hawks’s Red River (1948), John Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), and Wagon Master (1950). She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film All the King’s Men (1949), which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Her film career petered out by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working frequently in television, most notably as Babs Hooten on the 1960–61 ABC sitcom, Guestward, Ho!. After Guestward, Ho!, she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, with one feature film appearance, in Sylvia (1965), and eight television appearances.

Dru died in Los Angeles, California in1996, aged 74, from a respiratory ailment that developed from lymphedema, a result of chemotherapy she had received over her lifetime. For her contribution to the television industry, Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Take a look at these gorgeous photos to see portraits of a young and beautiful Joanne Dru in the 1940s and 1950s.


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