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Joyce Jameson (September 26, 1932 – January 16, 1987) was an American actress, known for many television roles, including recurring guest appearances as Skippy, one of the "fun girls" in the 1960s television series The Andy Griffith Show as well as "the Blonde" in the Academy Award-winning The Apartment (1960).
|Born||September 26, 1932|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||January 16, 1987 (aged 54)|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide by drug overdose|
|Resting place||Cremains scattered into the Pacific Ocean|
(m. 1952; div. 1957)
Jameson began work in the early 1950s with numerous uncredited roles in films and television. She made her film debut in 1951 playing a chorus girl dancer in the motion picture Show Boat. Other notable film credits of that early period included Problem Girls (1953), Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) and The Apartment (1960).
In 1962, she starred with Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in the Roger Corman horror film Tales of Terror as Annabel Herringbone. She played Lorre's vulgar, unfaithful wife, and during the course of the film, she and her paramour (Price) were locked up in Lorre's wine cellar. One year later, she again starred with Lorre and Price in the raucous comedy The Comedy of Terrors (released in 1964). In 1964, she appeared as a hotel hooker in the comedy Good Neighbor Sam, starring Jack Lemmon and Romy Schneider.
In 1966, she starred as Abigail in the Elvis Presley film Frankie and Johnny and in Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! with Bob Hope and Elke Sommer. She also appeared in 1968's The Split, a crime film with Jim Brown and Warren Oates, and in an unsold comedy pilot for CBS titled The Mouse That Roared.
Jameson was also a television actress. She was a regular member of the cast on Club Oasis.:195 She made two appearances on Perry Mason: first as Lorraine Iverson who killed her husband in the 1963 episode "The Case of the Floating Stones", then as Dolly Jameson in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Feather Cloak". She also had roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show (in the episode "A Day in the Life of Alan Brady"), Gunsmoke, Stagecoach West, The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E (The Dippy Blonde Affair), McHale's Navy, My Favorite Martian, The New Phil Silvers Show, The Munsters, F-Troop, Hogan's Heroes (in the January 1967 episode "The Great Brinksmeyer Robbery" as Mady Pleiffer, and again later that same year in "Sgt. Schultz Meets Mata Hari" as Gestapo agent Eva Mueller), Alias Smith and Jones, Emergency! and Barney Miller. She appeared in The Rockford Files (in the 1974 episode "The Dexter Crisis" as Marge White). Later she appeared in Charlie's Angels, The Feather and Father Gang, and The Love Boat.
She married actor/songwriter Billy Barnes in the 1950s, and they had one child together, son Tyler, before their divorce. Subsequently, Jameson was a longtime girlfriend of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn. She acted opposite Vaughn as the guest star on a 1966 U.N.C.L.E. episode "The Dippy Blond Affair".
On January 16, 1987, Jameson committed suicide by overdosing on pills at the age of 54. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.
|1951||Show Boat||Chorus Girl||Uncredited|
|1951||The Strip||Show Girl||Uncredited|
|1951||The Son of Dr. Jekyll||Barmaid||Uncredited|
|1953||Problem Girls||Peggy Carstairs|
|1956||Crime Against Joe||Gloria Wayne|
|1956||Tension at Table Rock||Singer||Uncredited|
|1957||Tip on a Dead Jockey||Sue Fan Finley|
|1960||The Apartment||The Blonde|
|1962||Tales of Terror||Annabel Herringbone||(segment "The Black Cat")|
|1963||The Comedy of Terrors||Amaryllis Trumbull|
|1964||Good Neighbor Sam||Elsie Hooker|
|1966||Frankie and Johnny||Abigail|
|1966||Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!||Telephone operator|
|1975||Death Race 2000||Grace Pander|
|1976||The Outlaw Josey Wales||Rose|
|1976||Scorchy||Mary Davis||Alternative title: Race with Death|
|1979||Every Which Way but Loose||Sybil|
|1980||Pray TV||Millie Peebles||Alternative title: K-GOD|
|1983||The Man Who Loved Women||Uncredited|
|1984||Lovelines||Mary Assquith||(final film role)|
|1956||Science Fiction Theatre||Nina Lasalle||1 episode|
|1958||Playhouse 90||Miss Cooper||1 episode|
|1959||Yancy Derringer||Bonnie Mason||1 episode|
|1960||The Betty Hutton Show||Beverly Bell|
|1961–1963||The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis||Lola LaVerne||3 episodes|
|1962–1965||Andy Griffith Show||Skippy - “One of The Fun Girls”||3 episodes|
|1963||The Danny Thomas Show||Nikki Stewart||1 episode|
|1963||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Rosie Feather||1 episode|
|1963||McHale's Navy||Kate O'Hara||1 episode|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Starlet||1 episode|
|1964||My Favorite Martian||Flossie||1 Episode|
|1965||The Baileys of Balboa||Mary Brown||1 episode|
|1965 & 1966||The Munsters||Miss Valentine & Lou||Season 1 Episode 23 & Season 2 Episode 16|
|1966||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Jojo Tyler||Season 2 Episode 16|
|1966||The Dick Van Dyke Show||Blanche||1 episode|
|1966||Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.||Irene||1 episode|
|1966 & 1967||Hogan's Heroes||Mady Pfeiffer
|1 episode |
|1967||The Big Valley||The Blonde||1 episode|
|1967||The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Shirley Fummer||1 episode|
|1969||The Virginian||Millie||1 episode|
|1970||Run, Simon, Run||Esther||Television movie|
Alternative titles: Savage Run
The Tradition of Simon Zuniga
|1971||Ironside||Mrs. Akerman||1 episode|
|1972||Women in Chains||Simpson||Television movie|
|1973||Here's Lucy||Prisoner||1 episode|
|1974||Movin' On||Angela Wentworth||1 episode|
|1974||The Rockford Files||Marge White||1 episode|
|1974||The Waltons||Helen Faye||1 episode|
|1975||The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant||Mrs. Graham||Television movie|
|1975||Barney Miller||Catherine Lindsay||1 episode|
|1977||The Feather and Father Gang||Norma||1 episode|
|1978||Crash||Sophie Cross||Television movie|
Alternative title: Crash of Flight 401
|1979||The Wild Wild West Revisited||Lola (Showgirl)||Television movie|
|1982||The Fall Guy||Lucille||1 episode|
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