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More about Joan Blondell
  • Her vaudeville-performing family changed its name from Blustein to Blondell. Her father was an original Katzenjammer Kid, and her mother performed onstage — including with Denton Little Theater. Joan’s look-a-like younger sister Gloria was also an actress.
  • The Nov. 18, 1926, Campus Chat reports that “Miss Rosebud Blondell, a student of the Teachers College, was crowned queen of the Annual Pageant and Rodeo at A&M College” and treated like royalty during her stay:

    “She was welcomed to College Station Tuesday afternoon by several hundred cadets and after a tour of the town and the college campus, she was escorted to the home of a faculty member where she was entertained during her stay.

    “The ceremonies were held in the Pavilion, which was tastefully decorated in the A&M colors. The queen, accompanied by the king and attended by the princess and duchesses, etc., from the different cities of the state, marched in to the music of the Aggie Band. She occupied the showy throne and everyone, even to the trick horse, paid their homage.

    “Miss Blondell then enjoyed a series of social events, a football game, dances, drives and dinners, and she says that she was glad that someone hid her baggage Friday causing her to postpone her return until Saturday afternoon.”

    Rosebud Blondell from North Texas' 1927 Yucca yearbook

    Blondell was reportedly one of the highest paid individuals in the United States during the Great Depression.

  • Academy Award nominees in the best supporting actress category, in addition to Blondell for her performance as Annie Rawlins in The Blue Veil (1951), were Mildred Dunnock in Death of a Salesman, Lee Grant in Detective Story, Kim Hunter in A Streetcar Named Desire and Thelma Ritter in The Mating Season. The Oscar was awarded to Hunter for her performance as Stella Kowalski.

  • In 1979 Blondell co-starred in a remake of The Champ, a hit tearjerker with Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway and Rick Schroder.




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