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Joan Rice (3 February 1930 – 1 January 1997) was an English film actress.[1]

Joan Rice
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Born(1930-02-03)3 February 1930
Died1 January 1997(1997-01-01) (aged 66)

Rice is best known for her role as Dalabo in the film His Majesty O'Keefe (1954) which co-starred Burt Lancaster. Apart from that she played Maid Marian in The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), played the graverobber's wife in The Horror of Frankenstein and appeared in Operation Bullshine. For several years in the early and mid-1950s, Rice was considered one of 'Rank's top stars'. [2]

She was reputedly discovered working as a waitress in a Lyons Corner House in London, where she was crowned "Miss Lyons, 1949"; and thereafter trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school".[3]

Her interment was at Braywick Cemetery in Maidenhead.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
1951 Blackmailed Alma
1951 One Wild Oat Annie (Maid)
1952 The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men Maid Marian
1952 Curtain Up Avis
1952 Gift Horse June Mallory, WREN Cypher Clerk
1953 The Steel Key Doreen Wilson
1953 A Day to Remember Vera Mitchell
1954 His Majesty O'Keefe Dalabo aki Dali
1954 The Crowded Day Peggy
1955 One Good Turn Iris
1955 Police Dog Pat Lewis
1956 Women Without Men Cleo Thompson
1958 The Long Knife Jill Holden
1959 Operation Bullshine Pvt. Finch
1961 Payroll Madge Moore
1970 The Horror of Frankenstein Graverobber's wife (final film role)

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Joan Rice | BFI". Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. ^ 'Adelphi Films',
  3. ^ "Joan Rice - The Private Life and Times of Joan Rice. Joan Rice Pictures". Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Joan Rice (1930 - 1997) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved 24 June 2014.