Joanne Dru

Happy birthday to actress JoanneDruJoanne Dru, born Jan. 31, 1922 in Logan, WV. When she was 18, Dru moved to New York where she worked as a model and appeared in Al Jolson’s 1940 Broadway show, Hold On to Your Hats. In 1941, she married singer Dick Haymes and the couple moved to Hollywood, where Dru worked in theater. She made her film debut in Abie’s Irish Rose (1946) but didn’t get noticed until she was cast in the westerns, Red River (1948) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), both with John Wayne. Her success in these two films resulted in Dru being typecast for westerns for much of her career. However, she did appear in dramas and comedies as well, such as in Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951) with Clifton Webb, The Pride of St. Louis (1952) with Dan Daily, My Pal Gus (1952) with Richard Widmark, and 3 Ring Circus (1954) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Dru also appeared in three noir films, All the King’s Men (1949) with Broderick Crawford and second husband John Ireland, 711 Ocean Drive (1950) with Edmond O’Brien, and Forbidden (1953) with Tony Curtis. As westerns became less popular in the late 1950s, Dru started to work mostly in television, making guest appearances on many shows throughout the 1960s, and sporadically in the 1970s. Dru died of complications from lymphedema in 1996 at age 74.


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