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Joan Woodbury (December 17, 1915 – February 22, 1989) was an American actress beginning in the 1930s and continuing well into the 1960s.

Woodbury received her first acting role in the 1934 film Eight Girls in a Boat, which was uncredited. Another uncredited role followed, with her first credited role being in the 1934 film One Exciting Adventure, which starred Binnie Barnes. Her first major role, billed as Nana Martinez, was in a Hopalong Cassidy movie The Eagle's Brood. Woodbury appeared in 15 films from 1934 through 1935, of which 10 were uncredited.

In 1936, her career began to become more successful, with appearances in eight films that year, of which five were uncredited. However, of the three roles that were credited, Woodbury made an impact, and caught the attention of studios. Her mixture of Danish, British, and Native American heritage gave her an exotic appearance, and allowed her to be cast in many different ethnicities, from Hispanic to French and Asian. By 1937, her career had taken off, mostly in B-movies such as Living on Love and Bulldog Courage, but also with her receiving many credited roles.

In 1937, Woodbury starred in her first of several credited Charlie Chan films, titled Charlie Chan on Broadway. She also began appearing in numerous Westerns, portraying the heroine opposite some of the 1930s' biggest cowboy actors, to include William Boyd of Hopalong Cassidy fame, Roy Rogers, and Johnny Mack Brown. Woodbury appeared in 50 films from 1937 to 1945, almost all of which were credited. Her most memorable of that period was her lead role in the serial Brenda Starr, Reporter, in 1945. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joan Woodbury, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Joan Woodbury (December 17, 1915 – February 22, 1989) was an American actress beginning in the 1930s and continuing well into the 1960s.

Woodbury received her first acting role in the 1934 film Eight Girls in a Boat, which was uncredited. Another uncredited role followed, with her first credited role being in the 1934 film One Exciting Adventure, which starred Binnie Barnes. Her first major role, billed as Nana Martinez, was in a Hopalong Cassidy movie The Eagle's Brood. Woodbury appeared in 15 films from 1934 through 1935, of which 10 were uncredited.

In 1936, her career began to become more successful, with appearances in eight films that year, of which five were uncredited. However, of the three roles that were credited, Woodbury made an impact, and caught the attention of studios. Her mixture of Danish, British, and Native American heritage gave her an exotic appearance, and allowed her to be cast in many different ethnicities, from Hispanic to French and Asian. By 1937, her career had taken off, mostly in B-movies such as Living on Love and Bulldog Courage, but also with her receiving many credited roles.

In 1937, Woodbury starred in her first of several credited Charlie Chan films, titled Charlie Chan on Broadway. She also began appearing in numerous Westerns, portraying the heroine opposite some of the 1930s' biggest cowboy actors, to include William Boyd of Hopalong Cassidy fame, Roy Rogers, and Johnny Mack Brown. Woodbury appeared in 50 films from 1937 to 1945, almost all of which were credited. Her most memorable of that period was her lead role in the serial Brenda Starr, Reporter, in 1945. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joan Woodbury, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 65

Birthday 1915-12-17

Day of Death 1989-02-22

Place of Birth Los Angeles, California, USA

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Also Known As

  • Joanne Woodbury
  • Nana Martinez
  • John Woodbury

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1964 The Time Travelers as Gadra
1956 The Ten Commandments as Korah's Wife
1949 Boston Blackie's Chinese Venture as Red, the Bar-Girl
1948 Here Comes Trouble as Bubbles LaRue
1947 Yankee Fakir as Mary Mason
1947 The Arnelo Affair as Claire Lorrison
1946 Blue Skies as Flo (uncredited)
1945 Northwest Trail as Katherine Owens
1945 Flame of the West as Poppy Rand
1945 Ten Cents a Dance - 1945 as Babe
1945 Bring on the Girls as Gloria
1945 Brenda Starr, Reporter as Brenda Starr
1944 Charlie Chan in The Chinese Cat as Leah Manning
1944 The Whistler as Antoinette 'Toni' Vigran (uncredited)
1943 Here Comes Kelly as Margie Burke
1943 The Desperadoes as Sundown (uncredited)
1943 You Can't Beat the Law as Amy Duncan
1943 The Hard Way as Maria (uncredited)
1942 Phantom Killer as Barbara Mason
1942 Sunset Serenade as Vera Martin
1942 The Living Ghost as Billie Hilton
1942 A Yank In Libya as Nancy Brooks-Graham
1942 Dr. Broadway as Margie Dove
1942 Sauce for the Gander as Mrs. Tupper
1942 Shut My Big Mouth as Maria
1942 Man From Headquarters as Ann Weston
1941 Confessions of Boston Blackie as Mona
1941 I Killed That Man as Geri Reynolds
1941 Two Latins from Manhattan as Lois Morgan
1941 I'll Sell My Life as Valencia Duncan
1941 Paper Bullets as Rita Adams
1941 King of the Zombies as Barbara Winslow
1941 In Old Cheyenne as Della Casey / Dolores Casino
1940 Go West as Melody (uncredited)
1939 Chasing Danger as Hazila
1939 Mystery of the White Room as Lila Haines
1938 While New York Sleeps as Nora Parker
1938 Always in Trouble as Pearl Mussendorfer
1938 Cipher Bureau as Therese Brahm
1938 Passport Husband as Conchita Montez
1938 Night Spot as Marge Dexter
1938 Algiers as Aicha
1938 Crashing Hollywood as Barbara Lang
1937 The Luck of Roaring Camp as Elsie
1937 Living on Love as Edith Crumwell
1937 Forty Naughty Girls as Rita Marlowe
1937 Charlie Chan on Broadway as Marie Collins / Mrs. Thomas Mitchell
1937 Super-Sleuth as Doris Duane, a film actress
1937 Lodge Night as Lola
1937 There Goes My Girl as Margot Whitney
1937 They Gave Him a Gun as Toto - French Girl (uncredited)
1937 Midnight Court as Chiquita
1936 Charlie Chan at the Opera as Dancer in Opera (uncredited)
1936 Song of the Gringo as Lolita Valle
1936 Anthony Adverse as Half-Caste Dancing Girl
1936 The Lion's Den as Ann Mervin
1936 The Rogues Tavern as Gloria Robloff
1936 Dangerous Waters as Valparaiso Bar Girl - Facing Wall (uncredited)
1935 Bulldog Courage as Helen Brennan
1935 Okay, José as Dancer
1935 The Eagle's Brood as Dolores
1935 Charlie Chan in Shanghai as Dancer in Versailles Cafe (uncredited)
1935 Call of the Wild as Show Girl (uncredited)
1935 The Bride of Frankenstein as Queen Homunculus (uncredited)
1934 One Exciting Adventure as Girl

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