Georgann Johnson

Georgann Johnson (born Georgia Anne Johnson,[1] August 15, 1926 – June 4, 2018) was an American stage, film and television actress.[2] She was also known as Georgiann Johnson and Georgianne Johnson.[1]

Georgann Johnson
Georgia Anne Johnson

(1926-08-15)August 15, 1926
DiedJune 4, 2018(2018-06-04) (aged 91)
Other namesGeorgiann Johnson
Georgianne Johnson
Stanley Prager
(m. 1954; died 1971)

Jack Tenner
(m. 1981; died 2008)

Early yearsEdit

Johnson was born in Decorah, Iowa, the daughter of George and Helene (Hjerleid) Johnson. She attended Decorah High School, Luther College and Northwestern University[3] before becoming an actress in 1952.


In 1953, Johnson was cast with her future husband actor Stanley Prager in the Broadway revival of Room Service starring Jack Lemmon. Johnson and Prager wed in 1956. Her other Broadway credits include Critic's Choice (1960), Drink to Me Only (1958), and Reclining Figure (1954).[4]


In films, Johnson had roles in Short Cut to Hell (1957), Midnight Cowboy (1969), From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973), Health (1980), The Day After (1983), The Slugger's Wife (1985), Murphy's Romance (1985) and Quicksilver (1986). [5][6]


Johnson debuted on television in commercials.[7] She went on to play Alice Snowden in Archie Bunker's Place,[8] Dorothy Jarvis in Cutter to Houston,[8]:226 Marge Weskitt on Mister Peepers,[8]:702-703 and Katherine McKay on Our Family Honor.[8]:797 She was also a regular on The Larry Storch Show.[8]:581 During the 1970s, she appeared in long-running cross-over role of Ellen Grant in both Another World and its spinoff Somerset, as well as Jane Spencer in As the World Turns. She later played Charlotte O'Neill, mother of the title character in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (played by Sharon Gless).[8]:1107[9]. She played the part of Doreen Selvy in Alfred Hitchcock Presents "The Night of the Execution" about a desperate deputy DA who gets a murder conviction against a man for killing his wife, is confronted by another man who claims he committed the crime ([10]).

Personal lifeEdit

Johnson married Prager in 1954, and they remained wed until his death in 1972. In 1981, she married Jack Tenner. They remained wed until his death in 2008.[3]


On June 4, 2018, Johnson died in Los Angeles at the age of 91.[3] She was survived by her four daughters and three grandchildren.[9]

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Harris, Harry (July 20, 1956). "La Rosa Revisited -- After 3 Years on Own". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 28. Retrieved September 1, 2018 – via  
  2. ^ Georgann Johnson profile, "Movies & TV", New York Times, February 2, 2013; accessed March 15, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Georgeann Johnson". Classic Images (518): 46. August 2018.
  4. ^ "Georgann Johnson". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 1 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  5. ^ Bitran, Tara (15 June 2018). "'Midnight Cowboy' Actress Georgann Johnson Dies at 91".
  6. ^ "Decorah native, renowned stage and screen actor Georgann Johnson Prager Tenner dies, at 91 - Decorah Newspapers".
  7. ^ "Georgann Johnson's Bow". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. September 14, 1957. p. 5. Retrieved September 1, 2018 – via  
  8. ^ a b c d e f Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  9. ^ a b Georgann Johnson obituary,; accessed June 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Night of the Execution". Retrieved Dec 30, 2019 – via

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