Joyce Taylor

Joyce Taylor (born Joyce Crowder, September 4, 1932)[1] is an American actress. She starred in movies and TV series mostly in the 1950s and 1960s. (Another source gives her date of birth as September 14, 1937.)[2]

Early yearsEdit

Born in Taylorville, Illinois, she based her stage name on her hometown. A coal miner's daughter, she attended public schools in Taylorville and was the top baton twirler at Taylorville High School. Her performance in a school talent show led to a recording contract.[2]


Taylor sang in amateur shows at age 10 and turned professional at 15, signing with Mercury Records (billed as Joyce Bradley). When she was 16, she was singing at Chez Paree nightclub in Chicago and other similar venues.[3]

She was under contract to Howard Hughes-owned RKO Pictures in the 1950s but he only allowed her to act in one movie (a small part in Beyond a Reasonable Doubt in 1956).[4] When her seven-year contract ended, she became a regular on the science-fiction adventure TV series Men Into Space (1959–60)[5] and acted in many other TV shows, as well as several feature films.

Personal lifeEdit

Taylor married a stockbroker, Edward Bellison.[3]





  1. ^ "Taylorville Actress To Star At Anniversary Party". Pana News-Palladium. 6 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Taylorville Native Joyce Taylor Sees Hollywood Dream Come True". The Decatur Daily Review. Illinois, Decatur. June 25, 1961. p. 42. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via  
  3. ^ a b "Movie Starring Joyce Taylor Set At Beckley". Beckley Post-Herald The Raleigh Register. West Virginia, Beckley. September 2, 1961. p. 13. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via  
  4. ^ "Joyce Taylor profile". Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen.
  5. ^ Roman, James W. (2005). From Daytime to Primetime: The History of American Television Programs. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 146. ISBN 9780313319723. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

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