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Also Known As: Madonna Josephine Davis Died: May 22, 1961
Born: June 29, 1907 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: St Paul, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, vaudevillian, comedian

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Joan Davis was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1931, she formed the vaudeville comedy act "Wills and Davis" with her husband Sy Wills. In 1950, she formed a production company to produce the series "I Married Joan." Davis began her acting career appearing in various films, such as "Sing and Be Happy" (1937) with Tony Martin, "Angel's Holiday" (1937) and the Walter Winchell comedy sequel "Love and Hisses" (1937). She also appeared in the adaptation "Thin Ice" (1937) with Sonja Henie, the Walter Winchell comedy "Wake Up and Live" (1937) and "On the Avenue" (1937). Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like the Sonja Henie musical comedy "My Lucky Star" (1938), "Sally, Irene and Mary" (1938) and the drama "Tail Spin" (1939) with Alice Faye. She also appeared in "Day-Time Wife" (1939). Nearing the end of her career, she tackled roles in "George White's Scandals" (1945), "She Wrote the Book" (1946) and "If You Knew Susie" (1948). She also appeared in the comedy "Love That Brute" (1950) with Paul Douglas and the Ginger Rogers comedy "The Groom Wore Spurs" (1951). Davis was most recently credited in "Wisecracks" (1992) with Phyllis Diller. Davis was...

Joan Davis was an actress who had a successful Hollywood career. In 1931, she formed the vaudeville comedy act "Wills and Davis" with her husband Sy Wills. In 1950, she formed a production company to produce the series "I Married Joan." Davis began her acting career appearing in various films, such as "Sing and Be Happy" (1937) with Tony Martin, "Angel's Holiday" (1937) and the Walter Winchell comedy sequel "Love and Hisses" (1937). She also appeared in the adaptation "Thin Ice" (1937) with Sonja Henie, the Walter Winchell comedy "Wake Up and Live" (1937) and "On the Avenue" (1937). Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like the Sonja Henie musical comedy "My Lucky Star" (1938), "Sally, Irene and Mary" (1938) and the drama "Tail Spin" (1939) with Alice Faye. She also appeared in "Day-Time Wife" (1939). Nearing the end of her career, she tackled roles in "George White's Scandals" (1945), "She Wrote the Book" (1946) and "If You Knew Susie" (1948). She also appeared in the comedy "Love That Brute" (1950) with Paul Douglas and the Ginger Rogers comedy "The Groom Wore Spurs" (1951). Davis was most recently credited in "Wisecracks" (1992) with Phyllis Diller. Davis was married to Sy Wills and had one child. Davis passed away in May 1961 at the age of 54.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Wisecracks (1991) Herself (Archival Footage)
2.
 Strip Tease Girl (1952)
3.
 Harem Girl (1952) Susie Skubblegrave
4.
 The Groom Wore Spurs (1951) Alice Dean
5.
 Love That Brute (1950) Mamie Sage
6.
 The Traveling Saleswoman (1950) Mabel King
7.
 Make Mine Laughs (1949)
8.
 If You Knew Susie (1948) Susie Parker
9.
 She Wrote the Book (1946) Jane Featherstone, also known as Lulu Winters
10.
 She Gets Her Man (1945) [June] Pilky [Pilkington]
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1931:
Formed the vaudeville comedy act "Wills and Davis" with her husband Sy Wills
1934:
Short film acting debut
1935:
First feature film as actress
1950:
Formed a production company to produce the series "I Married Joan"
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husband:
Sy Wills. Married in 1931.

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daughter:
Beverly Wills. Actor. Born 1934, died 1963.

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