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      Joan Leslie

      Joan Leslie

      Highest Rated: 92% High Sierra (1941)

      Lowest Rated: 33% Rhapsody in Blue (1945)

      Birthday: Jan 26, 1925

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      Joan Leslie was an American actress who appeared in over 50 films throughout the 1940s and '50s, including the Golden Age classics "High Sierra" (1941), "Sergeant York" (1941), and "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942). Leslie was born in Highland, Michigan in 1925, but never set out to become an actress. In fact, her mother, who was an accomplished pianist, had her young daughter learn how to play a number of musical instruments at a very young age, including the banjo, saxophone and the accordion. Leslie had a relatively stress-free early life until the Great Depression sunk her family, like most, into a pit of financial distress. With no work and no options to work, Leslie's father had Joan and her two young sisters embark on a career in vaudeville in order to make ends meet. Joan quickly became the standout of the three for her spot-on impressions of such iconic actors of the day, including Katharine Hepburn. It wasn't long before a Hollywood talent scout took notice and signed the 11-year-old to a contract with MGM. Over the next few years Leslie appeared in a number of films in uncredited roles, including "Camille" (1936), "Men with Wings" (1938), and "Love Affair" (1939). Leslie was eventually dropped from her contract at MGM, but was quickly signed by Warner Bros. It was during her contract at Warner that Leslie appeared in some of her best-known films, including "High Sierra," "Sergeant York," and "This Is the Army" (1943), the latter of which also starred future President Ronald Reagan. Leslie was dropped from Warner in 1946 after a dispute with the studio over the types of roles she was being offered, and despite appearing in a number of films (mostly B-movies) in the late '40s and early '50s, never regained the prestige of her early '40s heyday. She all but gave up acting after 1956's "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" to raise her children, appearing only on a few TV shows in the ensuing decades. Leslie's last credited screen role was in the 1991 made-for-TV movie "Fire in the Dark." Leslie died at her home in Los Angeles on October 12, 2015. She was 90.

      Highest rated movies

      92% High Sierra
      91% Yankee Doodle Dandy
      88% Sergeant York
      67% Born to Be Bad
      40% The Revolt of Mamie Stover
      33% Rhapsody in Blue

      Photos

      THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS, Joan Leslie, 1943 THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, 1943 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, James Cagney, Joan Leslie, 1942 MAN IN THE SADDLE, Joan Leslie, Randolph Scott, 1951 THE HARD WAY, Dennis Morgan, Joan Leslie, 1943 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Joan Leslie, James Cagney, 1942 THE WAGONS ROLL AT NIGHT, Joan Leslie, Humphrey Bogart, 1941 THE HARD WAY, Joan Leslie, 1943 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?, Joan Leslie, 1945, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, from left: James Cagney as George M. Cohan, Joan Leslie, 1942 ydd1942jc-fsct01(ydd1942jc-fsct01) THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, Joan Leslie, 1943 THE HARD WAY, Jack Carson, Joan Leslie, Dennis Morgan, 1943 THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, Joan Leslie, Fred Astaire, 1943 HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN, Robert Hutton, Joan Leslie, 1944 THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, Fred Astaire, Joan Leslie, 1943 SERGEANT YORK, Gary Cooper, Joan Leslie, 1941 YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Joan Leslie, James Cagney, 1942 NORTHWEST STAMPEDE, from left, Joan Leslie, James Craig, 1948 NORTHWEST STAMPEDE, from left, James Craig, Joan Leslie, 1948 NORTHWEST STAMPEDE, Joan Leslie, 1948

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fire in the Dark Ruthie (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Keegans Mary Keegan (Character) - 1975
      40% 56% The Revolt of Mamie Stover Annalee Johnson (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoke Jumpers Peg (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Outpost Sarah Moffit (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight Nurse Lt. Polly Davis (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jubilee Trail Garnet Hale (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellgate Ellen Hanley (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 50% The Woman They Almost Lynched Sally Maris (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 62% Hill Number One Claudia Procles (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 55% Man in the Saddle Laurie Bidwell Isham (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Toughest Man in Arizona Mary Kimber (Character) - 1951
      67% 57% Born to Be Bad Donna Foster (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skipper Surprised His Wife Daphne Lattimer (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Northwest Stampede Chris Johnson (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 62% Repeat Performance Sheila Page (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Guys From Milwaukee Connie Reed (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinderella Jones Judy Jones (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Janie Conway (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Where Do We Go From Here? Sally Smith/Prudence/Katrina (Character) - 1945
      33% 60% Rhapsody in Blue Julie Adams (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Young to Know Sally Sawyer (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 64% Hollywood Canteen Joan Leslie (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 55% The Sky's the Limit Joan Manion (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 54% Thank Your Lucky Stars Pat Dixon (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 49% This Is the Army Eileen Dibble (Character) - 1943
      91% 83% Yankee Doodle Dandy Mary (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 71% The Hard Way Katherine "Katie" Blaine (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet 58% The Male Animal Patricia Stanley (Character) - 1942
      88% 87% Sergeant York Gracie Williams (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 30% The Wagons Roll at Night Mary Coster (Character) - 1941
      92% 78% High Sierra Velma "Pat" Baughmam (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Fall Out Mary Matthews (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Mr. Nobody Mary Clover (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice in Movieland Alice Purdee (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laddie Shelley Stanton (Character) - 1940

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Lillian Appletree (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet 76% Incredible Hulk Unknown (Guest Star) 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie's Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Mary Devereux (Character) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956