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      Joan Lorring

      Joan Lorring

      Highest Rated: 60% The Big Night (1951)

      Lowest Rated: 60% The Big Night (1951)

      Birthday: Apr 17, 1926

      Birthplace: Hong Kong

      Actress Joan Lorring was born in Hong Kong in April 1926, as Madeline Ellis, known to friends and family as Dellie. (Some sources give her birth name as Mary Magdalene Ellis.) Lorring was of Russian-Anglo descent, and following the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1939, she and her mother fled to the United States. Lorring and her mother chose to make San Francisco their home, and shortly afterward, young Dellie Ellis began working in radio. After establishing herself in the non-visual medium, the actress made her first screen appearances at the tender age of 18 in the film "Song of Russia" (1944), for which the studio changed her name to Joan Lorring. Lorring appeared in the second film version of Thornton Wilder's best-selling novel "The Bridge of San Luis Rey" (1944). The following year, Lorring appeared opposite screen legend Bette Davis in the melodrama "The Corn Is Green." Her role as conniving Bessie Watty was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Following her nomination, Lorring was cast in a few Hollywood noir thrillers including "The Verdict" (1946) and "Three Strangers" (1946). During the 1950s and '60s, Lorring began working primarily on stage -- including an acclaimed lead role in the 1950 production "Come Back Little Sheba" -- and in televised plays. Her final big screen role came in the gritty Burt Lancaster-directed crime drama "The Midnight Man" (1974), followed by a year-long stint on the popular soap opera "Ryan's Hope" (ABC 1975-1989). Joan Lorring died on May 30, 2014 in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow.

      Highest rated movies

      60% The Big Night
      60% Good Sam

      Photos

      THREE STRANGERS, Joan Lorring, with statue of Kuan Yin, 1946 THE VERDICT, Joan Lorring, 1946 THE GANGSTER, Barry Sullivan, Joan Lorring, 1947 THREE STRANGERS, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, Peter Whitney, 1946 THE GANGSTER, Barry Sullivan, Joan Lorring, 1947 THE VERDICT, Joan Lorring, 1946 THE VERDICT, Joan Lorring, 1946 THREE STRANGERS, Joan Lorring, 1946 THE CORN IS GREEN, John Dall, Joan Lorring, 1945 THE VERDICT, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, 1946 THREE STRANGERS, Peter Lorre, Joan Lorring, 1946

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Midnight Man Judy (Character) - 1974
      60% 42% The Big Night Marion Rostina (Character) - 1951
      60% 63% Good Sam Shirley Mae (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 38% The Gangster Dorothy (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 51% Three Strangers Icey Crane (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 71% The Verdict Lottie Rawson (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 76% The Corn Is Green Bessie Watty (Character) - 1945

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 85% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Emma Borden (Character) 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1954