Joan Caulfield

Joan Caulfield

American actress and former model
Date of Birth: 01.06.1922
Country: USA

Biography of Joan Caulfield

Joan Caulfield, an American actress and former model, rose to popularity in 1943. After a brief period working on Broadway, she joined Paramount Pictures. Joan was born in East Orange, New Jersey, and later moved with her family to West Orange. However, she continued attending her old school. As a teenager, Joan moved to New York City and enrolled at Columbia University. Her background would later be featured in John Dandola's novel, "Dead in Their Sights."

Joan Caulfield

In the early 1940s, Joan worked as a model for John Robert Powers' agency. Her modeling career was short-lived as she began her acting career in 1942 with the Broadway musical "Beat the Band." One of her most notable roles was in Warner Bros.' film "The Unsuspected," alongside Claude Rains and Audrey Totter. Joan later transitioned to television projects such as "Cheyenne," "Baretta," and "Murder, She Wrote." In 1957, she even had her own comedy show called "Sally," co-starring Marion Lorne, Gale Gordon, and Arte Johnson.

In 1947, Joan played the lead role in the film "Dear Ruth." Legend has it that Jerome Salinger took the name for the main character of his iconic novel, "Catcher in the Rye," from the poster of this movie. He borrowed the surname Caulfield from Joan and the name Holden from her co-star, William Holden. However, it is known that the character Holden Caulfield was first mentioned in Salinger's 1944 story, "Last Day of the Last Furlough," three years before "Dear Ruth." Two years prior, Salinger also wrote an unpublished story called "The Last and Best of the Peter Pans," which also featured a character with a similar surname. Some claim that Salinger had met Joan Caulfield as early as 1941 when she was involved in the modeling business, although this theory is less conclusive.

In 1950, the actress married film producer Frank Ross, and they had a son named Caulfield Kevin Ross. They divorced in 1960, and Joan later remarried dentist Robert Peterson. She had another son, John Caulfield Peterson, with Peterson. Unfortunately, her second marriage also ended in divorce. At the time of her death, Joan had one grandchild. She passed away on January 18, 1991, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from lung cancer. Joan had been battling the disease for a long time and even underwent surgery, but she passed away two weeks after the operation. She was 69 years old at the time of her death. Interestingly, Jean Arthur, the first wife of her first husband, also passed away just a day later.

Joan Caulfield's body was cremated, and her ashes were scattered over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. To this day, she is considered one of the most remarkable actresses of her time. Director Joss Whedon, for example, is a devoted fan of Caulfield.