Biography

Joan Geraldine Bennett (February 27, 1910 – December 7, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actress. Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies well into the sound era. She is possibly best-remembered for her film noir femme fatale roles in director Fritz Lang's movies such as The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).

Bennett had three distinct phases to her long and successful career, first as a winsome blonde ingenue, then as a sensuous brunette femme fatale (with looks that movie magazines often compared to those of Hedy Lamarr), and finally as a warmhearted wife/mother figure. In 1951, Bennett's screen career was marred by scandal after her third husband, film producer Walter Wanger, shot and injured her agent Jennings Lang. Wanger suspected that Lang and Bennett were having an affair, a charge which she adamantly denied. 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. For her final movie role, as Madame Blanc in Suspiria (1977), she received a Saturn Award nomination.

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Joan Geraldine Bennett (February 27, 1910 – December 7, 1990) was an American stage, film and television actress. Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies well into the sound era. She is possibly best-remembered for her film noir femme fatale roles in director Fritz Lang's movies such as The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).

Bennett had three distinct phases to her long and successful career, first as a winsome blonde ingenue, then as a sensuous brunette femme fatale (with looks that movie magazines often compared to those of Hedy Lamarr), and finally as a warmhearted wife/mother figure. In 1951, Bennett's screen career was marred by scandal after her third husband, film producer Walter Wanger, shot and injured her agent Jennings Lang. Wanger suspected that Lang and Bennett were having an affair, a charge which she adamantly denied. 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. For her final movie role, as Madame Blanc in Suspiria (1977), she received a Saturn Award nomination.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 93

Birthday 1910-02-27

Day of Death 1990-12-07

Place of Birth Palisades, New Jersey, USA

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Also Known As

  • Joan Geraldine Bennett
  • Joanie
  • Джоан Беннетт

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
2009 Dark Shadows: The Vampire Curse as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (archive footage)
2001 Suspiria 25th Anniversary as Herself
1988 James Stewart's Wonderful Life as (archive footage)
1988 The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1986 The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn
1982 Divorce Wars: A Love Story as Adele Burgess
1981 This House Possessed as Rag Lady
1978 Suddenly, Love as Mrs. Graham
1977 Suspiria as Madame Blanc
1970 House of Dark Shadows as Elizabeth Stoddard Collins
1966 Dark Shadows (1223 episodes) as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
1963 Burke's Law (1 episode)
1960 Desire in the Dust as Mrs. Marquand
1959 Too Young to Go Steady (7 episodes) as Mary Blake
1956 Navy Wife as Peg Blain
1956 There's Always Tomorrow as Marion Groves
1955 We're No Angels as Amelie Ducotel
1954 Climax! (1 episode)
1954 Highway Dragnet as Mrs. Cummings
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1951 The Guy Who Came Back as Kathy Joplin
1951 Father's Little Dividend as Ellie Banks
1950 For Heaven's Sake as Lydia Bolton
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Father of the Bride as Ellie Banks
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1950 What's My Line? (1 episode) as Mystery Guest
1949 The Reckless Moment as Lucia Harper
1948 Hollow Triumph as Evelyn Hahn
1948 Secret Beyond the Door as Celia Lamphere
1947 The Woman on the Beach as Peggy Butler
1947 The Macomber Affair as Margaret Macomber
1946 Colonel Effingham's Raid
1945 Scarlet Street as Katharine 'Kitty' March
1945 Nob Hill as Harriet Carruthers
1944 The Woman in the Window as Alice Reed
1943 Margin for Error as Sophia Baumer
1942 Girl Trouble as June Delaney
1942 Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood No. 6 as Herself
1942 Twin Beds as Julie Abbott
1942 The Wife Takes a Flyer as Anita Woverman
1941 Confirm or Deny as Jennifer Carson
1941 Wild Geese Calling as Sally Murdock
1941 Man Hunt as Jerry Stokes
1941 She Knew All the Answers as Gloria Winters
1940 The Son of Monte Cristo as Grand Duchess Zona of Lichtenburg
1940 The Man I Married as Carol Hoffman
1940 The House Across the Bay as Brenda Bentley
1940 Green Hell as Stephanie Richardson
1939 The Housekeeper's Daughter as Hilda
1939 The Man in the Iron Mask as Princess Maria Theresa
1938 Trade Winds as Kay Kerrigan
1938 Artists and Models Abroad as Patricia Harper
1938 The Texans as Ivy Preston
1938 I Met My Love Again as Julie Weir
1937 Vogues of 1938 as Wendy Van Klettering
1937 Hollywood Party as Herself
1936 Wedding Present as Monica 'Rusty' Fleming
1936 Two in a Crowd as Julia Wayne
1936 Screen Snapshots (Series 16, No. 1)
1936 13 Hours by Air as Felice Rollins
1936 Big Brown Eyes as Eve Fallon
1935 The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo as Helen Berkeley
1935 The Fashion Side of Hollywood
1935 She Couldn't Take It as Carol Van Dyke
1935 Two for Tonight as Bobbie Lockwood
1935 Private Worlds as Sally MacGregor
1935 Mississippi as Lucy
1934 The Man Who Reclaimed His Head as Adele Verin
1934 The Pursuit of Happiness as Prudence Kirkland
1933 Little Women as Amy
1933 Arizona to Broadway as Lynn Martin
1932 Me and My Gal as Helen Riley
1932 Wild Girl as Salomy Jane
1932 Week Ends Only as Venetia Carr
1932 The Trial of Vivienne Ware as Vivienne Ware
1932 Careless Lady as Sally Brown
1932 She Wanted a Millionaire as Jane Miller
1931 Hush Money
1931 Doctors' Wives as Nina Wyndram Penning
1930 Scotland Yard as Xandra, Lady Lasher
1930 Maybe It's Love as Nan
1930 Moby Dick as Faith
1930 Puttin' on the Ritz as Dolores Fenton
1929 The Mississippi Gambler as Lucy Blackburn
1929 Disraeli as Lady Clarissa Pevensey
1929 Three Live Ghosts as Rose Gordon
1929 Bulldog Drummond as Phyllis
1929 The Divine Lady as Extra (uncredited)
1928 Show Folks as Night Club Patron (uncredited)
1928 Power as A Dame
1923 The Eternal City as Page (uncredited)

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