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    Joan Bennett

    Joan Bennett (February 27, 1910 - December 7, 1990) was an Emmy-nominated American actress.

    Bennett had three distinct phases to her long and successful career, first as a winsome blonde, then as a sensuous brunette femme fatale and, finally, as a warmhearted wife/mother figure.

    Her screen career was damaged by scandal in the early 1950s, after her husband shot and injured her agent, with whom she was allegedly having an affair.

    In the 1960s, she achieved success for her portrayal of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard on TV's Dark Shadows, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

    Her final movie role, as Madame Blanc in Suspiria (1977).
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    Love, Love, Love Joan!!!! (and, YES, ESPECIALLY in Dark Shadows!!!!)

    The scandal of which you speak is when, her husband at the time, Walter Wanger shot her agent Jennings Lang. Wanger was represented by famed Hollywood lawyer Jerry Giesler. He pushed forth a temp insanity plea and took his chances with the court vs. a jury trial and ended up serving only four months jail time. Wanger went on with his very successful career... Joan... not so much. (although I consider Dark Shadows a success!!! IMVHO! She got an emmy nomination for her role as Elizabeth Stoddard in 1968!) She blamed the scandal for tanking her film career and she once said... "I might as well have pulled the trigger myself"

    Joan and Wanger were eventually divorced in 1965.

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    Such a beauty too....


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    Always been fond of Joan and her sisters. Great film noir actress and very pretty when younger.

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    One of Joan's sisters, Barbara, was once married to Morton Downey and she spawned Morton Downey Jr.

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    Here's a Movie Legends video with Miss Bennett

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RChdOVycoXk

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    Great thread. Joan was great. I knew she had a career before Dark Shadows, but I didn't know any details. I never knew about the scandal she endured. She was beautiful. And I sure didn't know that Morton Downey Jr was related to her!

    RIP Joan

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    Some more nice early Joan Bennett stills are here:

    http://www.doctormacro1.info/Movie%2...Joan-Annex.htm

    BTW, she would have turned 99 yesterday (February 27)....

    Mort didn't really resemble his famous aunts, but his youngest daughter might some day. See this page with the tabloid article (poor Mort looked so terrible, all that smoking caught up with him.)

    http://www.mortondowneyjr.com/mortnews.html
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    I thought she was beautiful and loved her movies. I don't know why her
    career suffered for her husband's crime and his did not.

    From wiki, this was the prepared statement she read explaining her husband's actions:

    "I hope Walter will not be blamed too much," she said. "He has been very unhappy and upset for many months, because of money worries, and because of his present bankruptcy proceedings which threaten to wipe out every penny he has ever made during his long and successful career as a producer. We have lived together in my Holmby Hills home some 11 years, together with our two children who love Walter dearly. Jennings Lang has been my agent and close friend for a long time. Walter and I have been close friends of Jennings and his wife Pam and saw them often. I feel confident that Walter would never have given voice to the suspicions expressed by him in the newspapers were it not for the fact that he has been so mentally upset with the complexities of the financial burden he has been carrying for a long time. I never dreamed a marriage that has been as successful as ours for 12 years with a family so lovely as ours would ever be involved in so unhappy a situation. Knowing Hollywood as I do, knowing how good, wholesome, and sincere, by far and away a majority of motion picture people are, I want to express my deep regret that this incident will add to the erroneous opinion entertained by so many."


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    Didn't the dude shoot him in his nuts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiggyTx View Post
    Didn't the dude shoot him in his nuts?

    I think so...

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    I hated it when she died. All that media and hype around her death. So sad.

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    Click images for larger version

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    I always thought she was a babe. Moreso than her sister, IMO.

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    what a beautiful face. i noticed spencer tracy in there to. she was lovely.

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    Okay, NorthernLights--give up the info--where do you get these gorgeous pictures from??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fancynancy View Post
    Okay, NorthernLights--give up the info--where do you get these gorgeous pictures from??!!
    Lol!

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    As an old gum commercial used to say, 'She aint talking while the flavor lasts!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShockDoc View Post
    As an old gum commercial used to say, 'She aint talking while the flavor lasts!'
    Yep, because I can never know how long it will last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northern lights View Post
    lol!




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    The elegant Joan Bennett headed to another day of work on that masterpiece/torment that was Dark Shadows



    Plus a little news article about Joan as Dark Shadows was first getting started.
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    Just a couple of nice vintage publicity cards...I particularly like the colorized one of Joan as a blonde...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nvr_Sk_to_Tll View Post
    Just a couple of nice vintage publicity cards...I particularly like the colorized one of Joan as a blonde...
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    Joan looked beautiful with either color hair. She was always so pretty.
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    The final word on Jennings Lang and his injury - as related by his son (by 2nd wife Monica Lewis) Rocky Lang.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rocky-...b_6003314.html

    Rocky has a book coming out - it looks like a must read.

    http://www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Hol...p+in+hollywood

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