West Orange, New Jersey USA
Place of Death
Los Angeles, Ca.
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
Blue Skies, The Unsuspected
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American actress and former fashion model. After being discovered by Broadway producers, she began a stage career in 1943 that eventually lead to signing as an actress with Paramount Pictures. Born while her family resided in East Orange, New Jersey, she moved to West Orange during childhood but continued attending Miss Beard`s School in Orange, New Jersey. During her teenage years, the family moved to New York City where Joan eventually attended Columbia University.
One of her most memorable roles was when she was lent out to Warner Bros. to appear in The Unsuspected (1947) alongside Claude Rains and Audrey Totter. Later in life she appeared mostly on television, appearing on programs such as Baretta and Murder, She Wrote. An urban legend states that Caulfield`s film Dear Ruth (1947) inspired author J.D. Salinger to name the protagonist of his novel The Catcher in the Rye (1951) "Holden Caulfield" after seeing a movie theater marquee with the film`s stars: Caulfield and William Holden. However, Holden Caulfield first appeared in Salinger`s short story "I`m Crazy" in Collier`s magazine on December 22, 1945, a year and a half before Dear Ruth. A more common version of the legend claims that Salinger was taken by Joan Caulfield upon first seeing her in a modeling photo or a publicity still or a film. Since Joan`s career began prior to 1945, this more common version of the legend makes his using her surname for his character entirely possible. Specifically and incorrectly citing Dear Ruth as Salinger`s inspiration is most probably a later embellishment of the legend. She died, aged 69, from cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and had lived in Beverly Hills, California.
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Miss Beard`s School in Orange, New Jersey
Full Name at Birth
Beatrice Joan Caulfield
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Joan Caulfield (June 1, 1922 – June 18, 1991) was an American actress and former fashion model. After being discovered by Broadway producers, she began a stage career in 1943 that eventually led to signing as an actress with Paramount Pictures.
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