Joanna Pettet (born Joanna Jane Salmon; 16 November 1942) is a British-born Canadian retired actress.

Joanna Pettet
Pettet in 1976
Joanna Jane Salmon

(1942-11-16) 16 November 1942 (age 81)
London, England
Alma materNeighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre
Years active1961–1990
(m. 1968; div. 1989)
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Early life edit

Pettet was born in Westminster, London, England,[1][2] daughter of Harold Nigel Egerton Salmon and Cecily J. Tremaine, who were married in Chelsea, London in 1940. Her father, a British Royal Air Force pilot, was killed in the Second World War in 1943.[3] After the war, her mother remarried and settled in Montréal,[2] where young Joanna was adopted by her stepfather and assumed his surname of "Pettet".

When Pettet was 16, she moved to New York City.[2]

Career edit

Pettet studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre,[2] as well as at the Lincoln Center, and made her debut, aged 19, on Broadway in Take Her, She's Mine (December 21, 1961-December 8, 1962).[4] She also appeared on Broadway in The Chinese Prime Minister, and Poor Richard.[5]

Beginning in 1964 with an episode of Route 66, she began making guest appearances in several US dramatic television series of the mid-sixties, including The Doctors, The Nurses, The Trials of O'Brien, The Fugitive, A Man Called Shenandoah, and Dr. Kildare.

In 1966, she was cast in writer/producer Sidney Buchman's 1966 adaptation of Mary McCarthy's novel The Group. The success of that film launched a film career that included roles in The Night of the Generals (1967), as Mata Bond in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), Peter Yates's Robbery (1967) with Stanley Baker, Blue (1968) with Terence Stamp, and the Victorian period comedy The Best House in London (1969).

In the 1970s her feature film appearances became sporadic and included roles in the cult horror films Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) and The Evil (1978). Pettet re-emerged as the star of over a dozen television movies, including The Weekend Nun (1972), Footsteps (1972), Pioneer Woman (1973), A Cry in the Wilderness (1974), The Desperate Miles (1975), The Hancocks (1976), Sex and the Married Woman (1977), Cry of the Innocent (1980) with Rod Taylor, and The Return of Frank Cannon (1980).

She guest-starred four times on the classic Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, appearing with her then-husband Alex Cord in the episode "Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something". She starred in the NBC miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976), starred in the episode "You're Not Alone" from the 1977 NBC anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale),[citation needed] was a guest on both Fantasy Island and The Love Boat (appearing three times on each series), and had a recurring role on Knots Landing in 1983 as Janet Baines, an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of singer Ciji Dunne (played by Lisa Hartman).

Through the 1970s and 1980s, Pettet made appearances on the television series Harry O, Banacek, McCloud, Mannix, Police Woman, Knight Rider, Tales of the Unexpected (the UK series) and Murder, She Wrote. In 1984, she appeared as herself in a James Bond tribute episode of The Fall Guy with ex-Bond girls Britt Ekland and Lana Wood.

Her final role was in the 1990 thriller Terror in Paradise, after which she retired from acting, still in her 40s.

Personal life edit

On 8 August 1969, Pettet had lunch at the home of actress Sharon Tate, hours before the crimes were committed at that residence by members of the Manson Family.[6] This event is illustrated in the 2019 film Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, in which Pettet is portrayed by Rumer Willis.

In 2003, actor Sir Alan Bates bequeathed Pettet £95,000 (equivalent to £159,787 in 2021) upon his death. The two had been friends for many years, and Pettet provided support and companionship during his final months after he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2002. Pettet was quoted as saying: "It was a very touching gesture because he had done everything while he was in hospital to make sure I would be looked after following his death."[7]

Recognition edit

Pettet won a Theatre World Award for 1964–1965 for her work in Poor Richard.[8]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Group Kay Strong Peterson
1967 The Night of the Generals Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler
1967 Casino Royale Mata Bond / James Bond
1967 Robbery Kate Clifton
1968 Blue Joanne Morton
1969 The Best House in London Josephine Pacefoot
1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach Grace Henry
1978 The Evil Dr. Caroline Arnold
1982 Double Exposure Mindy Jordache
1982 Black Commando Desdemona
1987 Sweet Country Monica
1990 Terror in Paradise Dr. Fletcher

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1964 Route 66 Millie Wilkins "Child of a Night"
1965 The Doctors Judy Lloyd "1.481"
1965 The Nurses Carol Lloyd "A Dangerous Silence"
1965 The Trials of O'Brien Liz Martin "Picture Me a Murder"
1966 The Fugitive Tina Andresen "Shadow of a Swan"
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Julia Riley "The Riley Brand"
1966 Dr. Kildare Yvonne Barlow Guest role (season 5)
1967 Three for Danger Serena TV film
1970 Night Gallery Elaine Latimer "The House"
1971 Claire Foster "Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something"
1971 Mannix Cindy Warren "A Button for General D."
1972 The Delphi Bureau April Thompson "Pilot"
1972 Miss Stewart, Sir Kate Stewart TV film
1972 The Weekend Nun Sister Mary Damian/Marjorie Walker ABC Movie of the Week
1972 Banacek Christine Verdon "Project Phoenix"
1972 Footsteps Sarah Allison TV film
1972 Night Gallery Rhona Warwick / The Girl with the Hungry Eyes "The Caterpillar", "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"
1973 McCloud Melissa Thompson "The Solid Gold Swingers"
1973 Pioneer Woman Maggie Sergeant TV film
1974 Medical Center Molly "Girl from Bedlam"
1974 A Cry in the Wilderness Delda Hadley TV film
1974 Police Story Adria "Glamour Boy"
1974–75 Thriller Sylvia Dee / Jody Baxter "A Killer in Every Corner", "A Midsummer Nightmare"
1974–75 Harry O Glenna Nielson / Breda Beach "Forty Reasons to Kill: Parts 1 & 2", "Group Terror"
1975 Caribe Andrea "Vanished"
1975 The Desperate Miles Ruth Merrick TV film
1975 Police Woman Glenna Burns / Beth Lord "Silence"
1976 The Dark Side of Innocence Jesse Breton TV film
1976 Captains and the Kings Katherine Hennessey TV miniseries
1977 Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected Julie Thomas "You're Not Alone"
1977 Sex and the Married Woman Leslie Fitch TV film
1979 Heaven Only Knows Lynn Harpster TV film
1979–82 The Love Boat Carol Hanson / Angelina Blenderman / Lenore Pitchford 3 episodes
1980 Charlie's Angels Barbara Brown "Nips and Tucks"
1980 Cry of the Innocent Cynthia Donegin / Candia Leighton TV film
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon Alana Richardson TV film
1980–83 Fantasy Island Nona Lauren / Celeste Vallon / Vanessa Walgren 3 episodes
1981 Aloha Paradise Fiona 2 episodes
1981 Tales of the Unexpected Betsy "A Glowing Future"
1982 The Littlest Hobo Cynthia Masters "Forget Me Not"
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Meg Palmer "Christmas Song"
1983 Knots Landing Det. Janet Baines Recurring role
1984 The Yellow Rose Lane Roberts "Running Free"
1984 Knight Rider Joanna St. John "Mouth of the Snake"
1984 The Fall Guy Herself "Always Say Always"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Claire Hardy "Undying Love"
1984–85 Hotel Lauren Chapman / Sally Banks "Reflections", "Lost and Found"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Virginia McCormack "The Way to Dusty Death"
1989 ABC Afterschool Special Carolyn Adams "Just Tipsy, Honey"

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Production Result
1965 Theatre World Award Outstanding New York city stage debut performance, either on Broadway or Off-Broadway Poor Richard Won
1974 Western Heritage Awards Television Feature Film Pioneer Woman Won

References edit

  1. ^ "Joanna Salmon, 1942". Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006. Find My Past. Archived from the original on 28 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland. p. 242. ISBN 9780786411948. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Battle of Britain London Monument - F/O HNE Salmon".
  4. ^ Winchell, Walter (4 October 1962). "Walter Winchell ... of Broadway". Lebanon Daily News. Pennsylvania, Lebanon. p. 43. Retrieved 2 January 2017 – via  
  5. ^ "("Joanna Pettet" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  6. ^ Iati, Marisa (9 August 2019). "Actress Sharon Tate was young, beautiful and pregnant. Then Charles Manson's 'family' arrived". The Washington Post. Sharing lunch by the pool, Tate complained about Polanski to her friends, actresses Joanna Pettet and Barbara Lewis...
  7. ^ "Alan Bates's £95,000 for secret lover who nursed him through his final days". Evening Standard. ESI Media. 3 February 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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