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Born: June 16, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, voice actor, director, producer

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Tall, leggy and blonde, Joan Van Ark is best recalled as the long-suffering Valene Ewing on "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1981-93), but is also a successful stage actress and her velvet voice has made her one of the most prolific voice-over performers for TV and radio commercials and animated projects.

Tall, leggy and blonde, Joan Van Ark is best recalled as the long-suffering Valene Ewing on "Knots Landing" (CBS, 1981-93), but is also a successful stage actress and her velvet voice has made her one of the most prolific voice-over performers for TV and radio commercials and animated projects.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Boys Will Be Boys (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Tornado Warning (2002) Mayor Mcanders
2.
 When the Dark Man Calls (1995) Julie Kaiser
3.
4.
 In the Shadows, Someone's Watching (1993) Cinnie Merritt
5.
 Tainted Blood (1993) Mrs Drew
6.
 Terror on Track 9 (1992) Leslie Renner
8.
 Always Remember I Love You (1990) Martha Mendham
9.
 Menu for Murder (1990) Julia Alberts
10.
 My First Love (1988) Claire Thomas
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Raised in Boulder, CO
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After graduation from Yale School of Drama joined the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis
1965:
Made Broadway debut replacing Elizabeth Ashley in "Barefoot in the Park"; later appeared in touring company
1968:
Made TV debut in episode of "The Guns of Will Sonnett"
1971:
Received Tony nomination for "The School for Wives"
1972:
First TV series, "Temperatures Rising"; cast as sexy nurse Annie Carlisle
1972:
Made TV-movie debut with "The Judge and Jake Wyler"
1974:
Did voice of Roxanne in animated "Cyrano" (ABC)
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Co-starred on series "We've Got Each Other"
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Cast in the recurring role of Val Ewing on "Dallas" (CBS)
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Co-starred in "Knots Landing", a spin-off from "Dallas"; portrayed Val Ewing
1980:
Did voice work for "Batman and the Super Sevem" (NBC)
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Hosted both Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants
1993:
Was executive producer and star of "In the Shadows, Someone's Watching"
1994:
Made non-episodic directorial debut with "Boys Will Be Boys", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1995:
Returned to New York stage replacing Marian Seldes in the Off-Broadway production of "Three Tall Women" by Edward Albee
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Provided chracter voice for "Santo Bugito" (CBS)
1997:
Co-starred with her daughter in the L.A. stage play "Star Dust"
1997:
Reprised role of Valene Ewing in "Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac"
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Education

School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

Notes

An avid runner, Van Ark has competed in numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon. She has also demonstrated her athletic prowess on the various "Battle of teh Network Stars" TV specials.

"I walked into the Drama Society and they were holding readings for 'The Madwoman of Chaillot.' I read for one part, they gave me another. Then I got more parts. Then one day Julie Harris came to town and I interviewed her for the school paper. It was she who told me to write to Yale about attending the Drama School.

I didn't want to go to college and get a degree and all that, so I wrote the letter . . . And I was accepted! Julie Harris was the youngest female ever accepted at Yale. I was the second youngest." --Joan Van Ark in DAILY NEWS, May 22, 1995

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husband:
John Marshall. Had seven siblings; Lee was the seventh of eight children.
husband:
John Marshall. TV news reporter. Married February 1, 1966.

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father:
Carroll Van Ark. Work in public relations.
father:
Carroll Van Ark. Died c. 1924.
mother:
Dorothy Jean Van Ark. Writer.
mother:
Dorothy Jean Van Ark. Reportedly was physically abusive to Lee over an 11-year period.
daughter:
Vanessa Jean Marshall. Actor.
daughter:
Vanessa Jean Marshall. Post office clerk.
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