Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunday, November 19, 1933

Went to Sunday School. Mother and Daddy and I took Ollie out to Frankie's. In the evening Mother and I went to church with Betsy.

Rose Joan Blondell (August 30, 1906 – December 25, 1979) was an American actress
 who performed in more than one hundred movies and television productions for
 five decades as Joan Blondell.

Joan's cradle was a property trunk as her vaudevillian parents moved from place to
place; she made her first appearance on stage at the age of four months when she was
 carried on in a cradle as the daughter of Peggy Astaire in The Greatest Love.

During the Great Depression, Blondell was one of the highest paid individuals in the
 United States. Her stirring rendition of "Remember My Forgotten Man" in the Busby
Berkeley production of Gold Diggers of 1933, in which she co-starred with Dick Powell 
and Ruby Keeler, became an anthem for the frustrations of the unemployed and the
 government's failed economic policies.

Joan Blondell died of leukemia in Santa Monica, CA, on Christmas Day 1979 with
her children and her sister at her bedside. She is interred in the Forrest Lawn
Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


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