Mostly Credited As: Joan Hackett
Birth Name: Joan Ann Hackett
Date Of Birth: March 01, 1934 (Age 49)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: East Harlem, New York City, New York
Date Of Death: October 08, 1983
Cause Of Death: Ovarian Cancer (Encino, California, USA)
Joan Hackett was born in East Harlem, brought up in the neighboring borough of Queens, and quit high school a month before graduation to become a model. She was born in 1934 on 120th Street and First Avenue. Her folks weren't showbiz parents, but they were flamboyant all the same. Her mother was Italian. Her father was Irish and a Post Office guard. During Prohibition he was a bootlegger.
No matter how much Joan Hackett protests, a starlike perfection keeps creeping into just about everything she's ever done—the early television performances in series like "Dr. Kildare" and "Ben Casey"; the sporadic Broadway outings in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. the two-character comedy Peterpat. the musical Park, the thriller Nightwatch and a selective string of film performances in which she's played a kaleidoscope of parts—from Dottie- of-the-diaphragm in Mary McCarthy's The Group, to a comically accident- prone lawman's daughter in Support Your Local Sheriff, to a homespun grass widow in Will Penny, to the socialite wife of Richard Benjamin in The Last of Sheila, to the humanistic psychiatrist in The Terminal Man. In each of these roles what has emerged has been the unique singularity of Hackett the actress, that same singularity (spiced with kookiness) you find in Hackett the woman. Joan married and divorced actor Richard Mulligan.