|Died||March 22, 1987 (aged 61)|
|Other names||Joan Fulton|
Dancing and modelingEdit
Shawlee was a student of Ernest Belcher, studying ballet. At age 14, she went to New York, where she worked as a model for the John Robert Powers agency and as a showgirl. Billed as Joyce Ring, she performed in the Broadway productions By Jupiter (1942) and A Connecticut Yankee (1943).
A tall woman (5'9"), she was known for small parts in Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder films. She is probably best remembered for her role as Sweet Sue in Some Like It Hot (1959) starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, as well as Lemmon. She appeared as Sylvia in The Apartment (1960), and as Amazon Annie in Irma la Douce, both of which starred Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. She also appeared in Billy Wilder's final film Buddy Buddy (1981), starring Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
She had a recurring role on TV in The Dick Van Dyke Show as "Pickles Sorrell", She played the lead in The Adventures of Aggie (1956–57), which only ran for one season.:20 She played Lorna Peterson on Betty Hutton's short-lived series:94 Goldie, Margo on the 1976-77 crime drama The Feather and Father Gang,:338 and Tessie on Joe's World.:537-538 She was also a regular on The Abbott and Costello Show. Her final acting appearance was in an episode of Crazy Like a Fox in 1985. This was the final chapter of a remarkable career in film and television acting that spanned over 40 years. She also appeared in Nov. 17, 1957 episode of Maverick as a saloon owner named Madame Pompey.
In the early 1960s, Shawlee and actress Mitzi McCall formed a team to perform as a night club act. They debuted their act at the Club Robaire in Cleveland. In January 1961, syndicated newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen reported that the team was "causing quite a stir", and she cited the partners' discrepancy in height — "Joan being six feet, three inches tall and Mitzi four feet, 10 inches short."
Shawlee was married twice, her first husband was Walter Shawlee, a printing executive whom she divorced in 1956 and her second husband was Eddie Barchet, a resort hotel manager whom she met when she was in England. She and Shawlee had a son, Walter. She and Barchet had a daughter, Angela.
Selected filmography and televisionEdit
- Men in Her Diary (1945) - Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
- This Love of Ours (1945) - Chorus Girl (uncredited)
- Frontier Gal (1945) - Hostess (uncredited)
- Because of Him (1946) - Autograph Seeker
- Idea Girl (1946) - Mabel
- Tangier (1946) - Rocco's Blonde
- House of Horrors (1946) - Stella McNally
- Cuban Pete (1946) - Ann
- The Runaround (1946) - Mamie 'Baby' Willis
- Inside Job (1946) - Ruth
- Lover Come Back (1946) - Janie
- White Tie and Tails (1946) - Virgie
- I'll Be Yours (1947) - Blonde
- The Michigan Kid (1947) - Soubrette
- Song of Scheherazade (1947) - French Girl (uncredited)
- Buck Privates Come Home (1947) - Sylvia Hunter
- The Vigilantes Return (1947) - Ben's Girl
- Woman on the Run (1950) - Blonde
- Prehistoric Women (1950) - Lotee
- Two Tickets to Broadway (1951) - Tall Brunette in Boardinghouse (uncredited)
- The Marrying Kind (1952) - Tall Party Dancer / Woman at Airport (uncredited)
- Sound Off (1952) - Showgirl (uncredited)
- Something for the Birds (1952) - Woman in Subway Station (uncredited)
- Because of You (1952) - Autograph Seeker (uncredited)
- All Ashore (1953) - Hedy
- Loose in London (1953) - Tall Girl at Party (uncredited)
- From Here to Eternity (1953) - Sandra (uncredited)
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1953, TV Series) - Marion / The Registrar
- Pride of the Blue Grass (1954) - Mrs. Casey
- Casanova's Big Night (1954) - Beatrice D'Brizzi (uncredited)
- About Mrs. Leslie (1954) - Jill - Nightclub Girl
- Francis Joins the WACS (1954) - Sgt. Kipp
- A Star Is Born (1954) - Joan (uncredited)
- Bowery to Bagdad (1955) - Velma 'Cindy Lou' Calhoun
- Conquest of Space (1955) - Rosie McCann
- Born for Trouble (1955)
- The Adventures of Aggie (1956-1957, TV Series) - Aggie
- A Farewell to Arms (1957) - Blonde Nurse (uncredited)
- Maverick (1957, Season 1: Episode 9 “Stampede”)
- Zorro (1958, Season 1: Episode 18 "Zorro Fights His Father," Episode 19 "Death Stacks the Deck") - Barmaid Clara
- Some Like It Hot (1959) - Sweet Sue
- The Apartment (1960) - Sylvia
- The Rifleman (1961, TV Series) - Mary Woodson
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1963, TV Series) - Pickles Sorrell
- Critic's Choice (1963) - Marge Orr
- Irma la Douce (1963) - Amazon Annie
- Guerillas in Pink Lace (1964) - Miss Gloria Maxine
- The Wild Angels (1966) - Momma Monahan
- The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) - Blonde in Bar
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) - Edna, Frank's Girlfriend (uncredited)
- Tony Rome (1967) - Fat Candy
- Live A Little Love A Little (1968) - Robbie's Mother
- One More Train to Rob (1971) - Big Nellie
- Willard (1971) - Alice
- Columbo (1971, season 1 episode "Suitable for Framing") - Mitilda
- Flash and the Firecat (1975) - Rose
- Farewell, My Lovely (1975) - Woman in Ballroom
- The Feather and Father Gang (1976-1977, TV Series) - Margo
- Longshot (1981) - Motel Manager
- Buddy Buddy (1981) - Receptionist
- Kiss My Grits (1982) - Wanda
- City Heat (1984) - Peggy Barker
- FOLKART, BURT A. (31 March 1987). "Joan Shawlee; Busy Actress in Zany Comedies" – via LA Times.
- Joan Shawlee's date of birth, familysearch.org; accessed February 14, 2016.
- "Actress Joan Shawlee Dies of Cancer at 58 [sic]". The Associated Press. March 31, 1987.
Miss Shawlee, who also had acted under the name of Joan Fulton ... changed her professional name after her marriage to businessman Walter Shawlee.
- "Joan Shawlee Sparkles Like a Spring Tonic". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. April 30, 1961. p. 65. Retrieved September 21, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Joyce Ring". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on 22 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
- Heffernan, Harold. "12 New Film Beauties Selected For Musical", Toledo Blade, November 9, 1950.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "They're Back". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. October 20, 1960. p. 54. Retrieved September 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Kilgallen, Dorothy (January 7, 1961). "The Voice of Broadway". The Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. p. 4. Retrieved September 22, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 33, Ideal Publishers
- Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 681. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
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