In the 30's her platinum hair, compelling blue eyes, and warm good looks made her perfect for roles as gold-diggers as well as happy-go-lucky friends. Her leading man in ten musicals during these years was Dick Powell (Blondell's second husband), with whom she she fell in love and was wed for a decade.
By 1939, Joan had departed from Warner Brothers to become an independent actress , but by then, the ingenue role was being defined by sultries such as Veronica Lake - an appeal not associated with Joan. Therefore, her work slowed greatly as she found herself in straight comedy and dramatic roles. Meanwhile, she was wed to producer Mike Todd from 1947 until 1950. Todd, incidentally, would later be married to screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, who termed Todd her greatest love following his tragic death in a plane crash in 1958.
In her long career, Joan Blondell appeared in an amazing amount of movie and television roles. Sadly, she passed away from leukemia on Christmas of 1979 in Santa Monica, California.
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