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Joan Staley Dies, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Star Was 79

Joan Staley Dies, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken Star Was 79

Actress Joan Staley, who is perhaps best known for starring opposite Don Knotts in the 1966 movie The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, has died. According to her family, Staley passed away on Sunday due to heart failure at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, California. She was 79 years old.

Born in 1940, Staley discovered a very early interest in performing, taking to the violin at the age of three. By the time she was six, she auditioned and won first chair/second violin for Peter Meremblum's Junior Symphony. This talent got Staley noticed and led to her first film appearance as a child violinist in the 1948 movie The Emperor Waltz, which starred Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine.

After getting bit by the acting bug, Staley stuck with it and was acting on the stage and in television as a young woman. Some of her earliest TV appearances included roles on shows

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