Joan Staley

Who is Joan Staley?

Joan Staley is an American actress and movie star of Hollywood’s post-classical cinema, who is probably best known from appearing in movies such as “Ocean’s 11” (1960), “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), “Cape Fear” (1962) and “Roustabout” (1964). She is also widely recognized for her appearances in popular television series’ including “Hawaiian Eye” and “Broadside”, back in the 1960s.

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Joan Staley’s Early Life and Childhood

Joan Lynette McConchie was born under the zodiac sign of Taurus, on the 20th May 1940, in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, and apart from being of American nationality is also of white ethnicity. She is the daughter of  musician Jean and her husband James McCohchie, who was a minister. Although originating from Minnesota, Joan grew up primarily in Los Angeles, California. Being a child of a musician trained in violin, viola and piano playing, it is no wonder that at the age of three Joan began violin lessons under the tutorship of Los Angeles’ Baby Symphony’s founder Karl Moldrem. She honed her skills in the course of the next three years, and by the age of six she was already appearing as the first chair in Peter Meremblum’s California Junior Symphony Orchestra. This accomplishment was followed by her debut on-camera appearance in the 1948 musical film “The Emperor Waltz”, at the age of eight.

After her father joined the US Army as a chaplain during her teenage years, Joan attended various high schools for her education, including in Chicago, Illinois, Washington D.C. as well as in Europe – in Munich, Germany, and Paris, France. Upon their return to the states, she briefly studied at the Chapman University in Orange, California, before relocating to San Francisco where she landed a job as a teletype operator in a local brokerage firm.

Joan Staley’s Career

Upon returning to Los Angeles in the late 1950s, Joan joined Hollywood’s The Little Theater, where she began her acting career in its stage plays such as “Brigadoon”, “The Robe” and “My Sister Elleen” to name a few. She also grew into an acknowledged statuesque beauty, with blonde hair, blue eyes, a height of 5ft 6ins (1.67 m) and vital statistics of 34-23-34, and in 1958, Joan was approached by a Playboy photographer which led her to appearing as November’s issue centerfold as the Playmate of the Month.

This venture had also led to her debut on-camera acting appearance, when she briefly appeared in an episode of the 1959 TV series “Laramie”. This was followed by several other television appearances, before she was approached by MGM and offered a contract. In the early days of her professional acting career, Joan appeared in quite a few of Hollywood’s popular movies from the 1960s era, such as “Ocean’s 11” and “Midnight Lace” in 1960, 1961’s Jerry Lewis’ “The Ladies Man”, as well as in the Oscar-winning cult movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the same year, the 1962 drama thriller movie “Cape Fear”, and in 1964 in the musical movie with Elvis Presley in the leading role – ” Roustabout”.

Staley then turned her career’s focus more towards television, and had a streak of recurring and supporting roles in critically acclaimed TV series such as “Hawaiian Eye”, “Perry Mason”, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, “Wagon Train” as well as the “77 Sunset Strip”, “Broadside” and “Burke’s Law”.

image source, Don Knotts and Joan Staley in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

In 1966 Joan appeared in the leading female role in two movies – the family comedy movie “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” as well as the western movie “Gunpoint”. However, after suffering a severe back injury in a horseback riding accident, Joan soon after was forced to curtail her acting career. Some of her latest acting engagements include supporting roles in the TV series “Rango”, “Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats”, “Ironside” and “Mission Impossible” in 1967, while between in 1969 and 1972 she appeared in two episodes of “Adam-12” TV series. Joan Staley’s last acting engagement occurred in 1982, when she briefly appeared in an episode of the TV drama romance series “Dallas”.

In her short-lived but rather prosperous acting career, which was primarily active for only a decade, Joan Staley added over 65 on-camera acting credits to her professional portfolio.

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Joan Staley’s Personal Life

Curious about Joan’s private life and marital status, aren’t you? Well, she is a married woman, and has even married twice. Between 1956 and 1960 Joan was married to Chuck Staley, who was a television and movie director, best known for his works on the critically booed comedy movie “Cracking Up” (1977). Prior to their separation and later divorce, the couple welcomed a daughter named Sherrye Dee Staley, born in 1959.

However, since 1967 Joan Staley has been married to Frederick Dale Sheets, a former executive of the Music Corporation of America (today referred to as MCA Inc.) as well as the founder of International Ventures Incorporated. Although they had three children together, the twins Stephanie and Greg and a daughter named Gina, Joan and her husband raised a total of seven children – her daughter from her first marriage, and three children from Dale’s previous marriage.

There aren’t any rumors of extramarital affairs or romantic connections. With her family, Joan Staley currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Joan Staley’s Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 78-year-old American actress has accumulated so far? How rich Joan Staley is today? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total of Joan Staley’s net worth, as of November 2018, is over $9 million, primarily acquired through her thriving professional acting career.

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