Natalie Joyce

Natalie Joyce (born Natalie Marie Johnson; November 6, 1902 – November 9, 1992) was an American actress.

Natalie Joyce
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Joyce in March 1925
Natalie Marie Johnson

(1902-11-06)November 6, 1902
DiedNovember 9, 1992(1992-11-09) (aged 90)
RelativesOlive Borden (cousin)


The WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1925 Natalie Joyce is seated, lower right

Born as Natalie Marie Johnson on November 6, 1902, one of eight children to Henry and Elizabeth Johnson in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.[1][2] In 1920, at the ago of 18, Johnson's first job performing was alongside her oldest sister in the Ziegfeld Follies.[1][3] She moved to Los Angeles, CA in 1922 and began her motion picture career in a series of two-reel comedies produced by the Christie Film Company. Around this time she began being billed as Natalie Joyce. She was named one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1925.[4] In 1927 she co-starred as a circus entertainer with Tom Mix in The Circus Ace for Fox Pictures.[5] In 1928 she portrayed a Panama beauty in A Girl in Every Port,[6] and she was part of the cast of Through the Breakers. Her first cousin was actress Olive Borden.

Joyce gave the Los Angeles Police Department important information in their quest to find two physicians wanted in the death of 22-year-old dancer Delphine Walsh in May 1929. Walsh died in a Glendale, California hospital following an illegal procedure,[7] the term then used for an abortion.[8]

After being away from making movies for a time, Joyce returned in Cock o' the Walk (1930), also known as The Soul of the Tango. Produced by James Cruze, the cast included Joseph Schildkraut, Myrna Loy, and Olive Tell. Joyce appeared in the ingenue role.

After retiring from acting, Joyce worked as a bookkeeper and opened a hair salon. She married aviator William Morris Pryce in 1933.[9] The couple had one son named Michael. Joyce died in San Diego, California in 1992, aged 90.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Ankerich, Michael G. (December 5, 2010). Dangerous Curves atop Hollywood Heels: The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen. BearManor Media.
  2. ^ a b Katchmer, George A. (May 20, 2015). A Biographical Dictionary of Silent Film Western Actors and Actresses. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-0905-8.
  3. ^ Canadian Moving Picture Digest. 1922.
  4. ^ Lowe, Denise (January 27, 2014). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Women in Early American Films: 1895-1930. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-71896-3.
  5. ^ Langman, Larry (1992). A Guide to Silent Westerns. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-27858-7.
  6. ^ Zmuda, Michael (May 11, 2015). The Five Sedgwicks: Pioneer Entertainers of Vaudeville, Film and Television. McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-1781-7.
  7. ^ "Witness in Death Trial Stirs Row". The Los Angeles Times. August 31, 1929. p. A14.
  8. ^ Harnish, Larry (December 18, 2006). "Whats in That Embalming Fluid?". Retrieved December 9, 2012.
  9. ^
  • Los Angeles Times, Christie Comedies Players Announced, August 24, 1924, Page B37.
  • Los Angeles Times, Wampas Baby Stars of 1925, January 4, 1925, Page B1.
  • Los Angeles Times, Picturetone to be Used, August 14, 1928, Page A8.
  • Los Angeles Times, Dancer's Death Quiz Continues, May 8, 1929, Page A12.
  • Los Angeles Times, Cruz Adds To Cast, February 5, 1930, Page A12.

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