Stage-actress on Broadway in "Pride and Prejudice", "My Sister Eileen" and many other plays. Early in her career, in 1938, she played opposite Henry Fonda in a run of plays in White Plains, New York.
She was also a radio-actress,and became well known on radio in the role of Nora Drake, heroine of the soap opera, "This Is Nora Drake".
After World War ll, Joan offered to become a foster parent for a war orphan. From many photos she chose a crippled Polish boy - Tomek Machcinski, who later became a photographer known as " the man of a million faces". In 1994 their story was portrayed in the documentary "Child from a catalog".
Ex-daughter-in-law of Alice Gentle.