Joan Leslie, Yankee Doodle Dandy Actress, Dies At 90

Posted: Oct 16 2015, 9:44am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Joan Leslie, Yankee Doodle Dandy Actress, Dies at 90
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  • The innocent beauty Joan Leslie passes away at the age of 90

Starring in some of the memorable movies in the 30s and the 40s, the actress’ death was announced by her family in an obituary.

Known for her expressive almond eyes, her innocent beauty and her mesmerizing voice, Joan Leslie was a young talent that was among one of the most popular film ingénues of the 1930s and 40s. She got her big break at the tender age of 15.

After signing with Warner Bros she starred in her first major role was in "High Sierra". She played the role of the disabled Velma opposite Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino. A year later, she played Gary Cooper's love interest in Sergeant York.

She celebrated her 17th birthday on the set of Yankee Doodle Dandy while playing the wife of James Cagney's titular character. In 1943 she danced alongside Fred Astaire in The Sky's the Limit. Her nimbleness made such an impression that Astaire once declared she ‘had brains in her feet’.

In her 20-year career, the Detroit native performed in over 30 films. She married physician William Caldwell in 1950. After that she put her career on hold to raise her twin daughters and do charity.

The actress passed away at the age of 90 on Monday in Los Angeles, according to NYTimes. Her family confirmed her death in a Los Angeles Times obituary, which referred to her as Joan Leslie Caldwell. 

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