Joan Perry (July 7, 1911 – September 16, 1996), born Elizabeth Rosiland Miller,[1] was an American film actress, model, and singer. Known as Betty Miller when she was a model,[2]

Joan Perry
Joan Perry.jpg
circa 1939
Elizabeth Rosiland Miller

(1911-07-07)July 7, 1911
DiedSeptember 16, 1996(1996-09-16) (aged 85)
Other namesBetty Miller
Years active1935–1941
(m. 1941; died 1958)

Harry Karl
(m. 1959; div. 1960)

(m. 1968; div. 1972)

Early yearsEdit

Perry attended Plant High School in Tampa, Florida.[2]


Perry gained early acting experience by participating in class plays in Tampa, Florida.[3] In the early 1930s, Perry worked as a model in New York City. In 1935, she went to Hollywood and was signed under contract to Columbia Pictures, and during her time there, she co-starred with actors such as Ronald Reagan, Ralph Bellamy, Lew Ayres, and Melvyn Douglas.

Following her leave from Columbia in the early 1940s, she went to Warner Bros.; her movies included International Squadron (1941) and Nine Lives Are Not Enough (1941).

When animators Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera planned to transfer their stock to Taft Broadcasting in the mid-1960's, Mrs. Perry came to the fore again and fought them over Harry Cohn's will.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Perry was married three times. On September 30, 1941, she wed Columbia Pictures mogul Harry Cohn in New York City.[3] They remained married until his death in 1958. She later married Harry Karl in 1959 and then actor Laurence Harvey in 1968.[4] She had a home in Palm Springs, California.[5]


Joan Perry died from emphysema in September 1996 at age 85 in Montecito, California.[1] She is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California,[6] under her original married name of Joan Cohn.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c "Joan Perry; Movie actress, widow of Harry Cohn". Los Angeles Times. September 19, 1996. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Statuesque Beauty". The Monroe News-Star. Louisiana, Monroe. July 10, 1941. p. 7. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ a b "Joan Perry Wed to Harry Cohn". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. August 1, 1941. p. 32. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ "Joan Perry". The Manhattan Mercury. Kansas, Manhattan. September 20, 1996. p. 15. Retrieved August 16, 2018 – via  
  5. ^ Wallace, David (2008). A City Comes Out. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade. p. 97. ISBN 978-1569803493. LCCN 2008022210. OCLC 209646547. Archived from the original on 2018-04-04. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  6. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 144. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 17 August 2018.

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