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- Joanna Jane Salmon
- London England
- United Kingdom
Joanna Pettet Career
Joanna Pettet was born Joanna Jane Salmon and raised in Canada.
A steady role on "The Doctors" (1963) daytime soap began her television/film career. Escorted to Hollywood, Joanna stood her own ground among the other talented hopefuls such as Candice Bergen, Shirley Knight, Jessica Walter and the late Joan Hackett and Elizabeth Hartman in the glossy Ivy-League film soap The Group (1966). Continuing on, she proved a diverting love interest in the British thriller Robbery (1967) and in the French/English co-production The Night of the Generals (1967), and was one of the more interesting figures to come out of the elephantine James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), in which she played the fetching, exotic-dancing Mata Bond.
She was unfortunately cast in roles that emphasized her beauty rather than her talent. Playboy magazine took an interest, gracing a nude pictorial in 1968, the same year she married actor Alex Cord. A host of bad films followed that effectively ended her acting career. In the 70s, she was prominently featured in standard TV-movies. By the late 70s, she was appearing in "has-been" shows like "Fantasy Island" (1978) and "The Love Boat" (1977). Little seen after that her career ended in low-budget dreck such as Double Exposure (1983), Sweet Country (1987) and Terror in Paradise (1990). Since then, Joanna has been out of the scene.
Divorced from Cord in 1989, her only child, Damien Zachary Cord, fell into a fatal coma after an acute heroin overdose in 1995 at age 26. She later became the care-giver and companion of her friend, actor Alan Bates, until his death from cancer in 2003.
Talk about a charmed life, huh?