Portrayed Lois Lane for most of the run of Mutual Radio's (and on ABC Radio from 1949 to 1951) "The Adventures of Superman" (1940-1951).
Portrayed the secretary on the syndicated radio show "Philo Vance" (1948-1950).
Mother of Jane Stanton Hitchcock, born in 1946. Her third husband, Arthur Stanton, adopted Jane in 1955.
Son, Adam, was born on 8 April 1955. Her youngest son, Tim, was born on 6 March 1958.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Stanton Hitchcock of New York City and Washington D.C. and son, Timothy of New York City, two grandsons, Conrad and Christopher, and a half sister, Elaine Rebay McDonald.
Performed in dozens of radio serials, notably as the loyal secretary Della Street in "Perry Mason." She also played recurring characters on radio soap operas and dramas including "Lone Journey," "Light of the World" and "This Is Nora Drake".
In addition to their radio work -- the show later aired on the ABC network -- Alexander and Collyer provided voice-overs in 17 animated Superman shorts, made by Fleischer and Paramount studios, that played in movie theaters during World War II. They reteamed in the late 1960s to do voice-overs for the Saturday morning cartoon "The New Adventures of Superman" on CBS.
She subsequently semi-retired and became a homemaker and East side hostess, having been married for her third and final time in 1955 to Arthur Stanton, a prominent auto distributor who helped introduce the Volkswagen Beetle to America.
She initially was drawn to modeling before switching to acting. She started studying under Yiddish theatre director Benno Schneider. It was at this juncture that she changed her moniker and borrowed her first name from actress Joan Crawford.
She published a small novelty book about pregnancy entitled "Grin and Bear It" in 1954, reprinted in the U.S. in 1960.
Leonard Bernstein once conducted "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the 21st birthday of Alexander's daughter Jane. Neil Simon also wrote a comedy sketch for the party.
In 2008, she filed a lawsuit accusing her financial advisor Kenneth Ira Starr of fraud, professional malpractice for losing or stealing much of her $70 million fortune. Starr plead guilty in 2010 to defrauding nine clients - including Lauren Bacall, Neil Simon, Uma Thurman, Jim Wiatt, and Alexander - of almost $60 million.
Joan has a daughter, novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock, from her second marriage to surgeon Robert Crowley. Joan's husband, Arthur Stanton, adopted Jane. Three sons, Jonathan, Adam and Timothy Stanton, are from her third marriage. Adam Stanton died in 1993.
Born Louise Abrass to parents of Lebanese heritage in Minnesota, Joan was 3 when her father died. Her mother remarried and her stepfather moved the family to Brooklyn where she was enrolled in a convent school on Long Island. She has a half-sister Elaine.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Stanton Hitchcock of New York City and Washington D.C. and son, Timothy of New York City, two grandsons, Liam and Conrad, and a half sister, Elaine Rebay McDonald.