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Name: Joanne Dru                                                                         
Born: 31 January 1922                                                                   
Died: 10 September 1996                                                                 
Joanne Dru (January 31, 1922 – September 10, 1996) was an American film and           
television actress. She also was the elder sister of Peter Marshall, best known         
for hosting Hollywood Squares.                                                           
Born Joanne Letitia LaCock in Logan, West Virginia, Dru came to New York City in         
1940 at the age of eighteen. After finding employment as a model, she was chosen         
by Al Jolson to appear in the cast of his Broadway show Hold Onto Your Hats. Dru         
met and married popular singer Dick Haymes. When they moved to Hollywood, she           
found work in the theater. Dru was spotted by a talent scout and made her first         
film appearance in Abie's Irish Rose (1946).                                             
Over the next decade, Dru appeared frequently in films and on television. She           
was cast often in western films such as Howard Hawks's Red River (1948), and             
John Ford's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) and Wagon Master (1950). She later           
lamented that she had been typecast in western films, commenting that once an           
actress suffered that fate, that was the end, adding that she never liked horses.       
She gave a well-received performance in the dramatic film All the King's Men (1949),     
and co-starred with Dan Dailey in The Pride of St. Louis (1952) about major-league       
baseball pitcher Jerome "Dizzy" Dean. She was divorced from Haymes in 1949, and         
married John Ireland, who was also in Red River, less than a month later. Dru           
and Ireland got divorced in 1957.                                                       
She also appeared in the Martin and Lewis film 3 Ring Circus (1954). Her film           
career began to fade by the end of the 1950s, but she continued working                 
frequently in television, and played the female lead of Babs Wooten in the 1960-1961     
ABC sitcom Guestward, Ho!. Her costars were Mark Miller as her husband, Bill             
Wooten, and J. Carrol Naish as the Native American Hawkeye. After Guestward, Ho!,       
she appeared sporadically for the rest of the 1960s and the first half of the           
1970s, with one feature film appearance, in Sylvia (1965), and eight television         
appearances. Although regarded as a capable and popular film actress, it was for         
her contributions to television that Dru was awarded a star on the Hollywood             
Walk of Fame.                                                                           
Dru had five children, three with Haymes, and two with Ireland. She died in Los         
Angeles, California at the age of 74 from lymphedema.