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Joanna Pettet
Joanna Pettet 1976.jpg
Pettet in 1976.
BornJoanna Jane Salmon
(1942-11-16) 16 November 1942 (age 75)
Westminster, London, England
Years active1964–1990
Alex Cord
(m. 1968; div. 1989)

Joanna Pettet (born 16 November 1942) is an English actress, retired since 1990.

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Pettet was born Joanna Jane Salmon in Westminster, London.[1][2]

Her parents, Harold Nigel Edgerton Salmon, a British Royal Air Force pilot killed in the Second World War, and Cecily J. Tremaine, were married in Chelsea, London in 1940.[3] After the war, her mother remarried and settled in Montréal,[2] where young Joanna was adopted by her stepfather and assumed his surname of "Pettet".

When Pettet was 16, she moved to New York City.[2] Newspaper columnist Walter Winchell described her as "a breathtaking teen-age darling from Canada."[4]

She studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre,[2] as well as at the Lincoln Center, and got her start on the Broadway in such plays as Take Her, She's Mine,[4] The Chinese Prime Minister, and Poor Richard,[5] with Alan Bates and Gene Hackman, before she was discovered by director Sidney Lumet for his film adaptation in 1966 of Mary McCarthy's novel The Group. The success of that film launched a film career that included roles in The Night of the Generals (1967), as Mata Bond in the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), Peter Yates's Robbery (1967) with Stanley Baker, Blue (1968) with Terence Stamp, and the Victorian period comedy The Best House in London (1969).

In 1968, Pettet married the American actor Alex Cord and gave birth to a son 3 and 1/2 months later. The boy, Damien Zach was given the last name "Cord", however, his biological father was British actor Terence Stamp.[6] She and Cord were divorced in 1989 after 21 years of marriage. She has not remarried.

On 8 August 1969, together with soul singer Barbara Lewis, Pettet had lunch at the house of Sharon Tate, a few hours before Tate's murder there during the night that followed.

In the 1970s her feature film appearances became sporadic and included roles in the cult horror films Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974) and The Evil (1978). Pettet re-emerged as the star of over a dozen made-for-television movies, including The Weekend Nun (1972), Footsteps (1972), Pioneer Woman (1973), A Cry in the Wilderness (1974), The Desperate Miles (1975), The Hancocks (1976), Sex and the Married Woman (1977), Cry of the Innocent (1980) with Rod Taylor, and The Return of Frank Cannon (1980).

She starred in the NBC miniseries Captains and the Kings (1976), guest-starred four times on the classic Rod Serling anthology series Night Gallery, starred in the episode "You're Not Alone" from the 1977 NBC anthology series Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (known in the United Kingdom as Twist in the Tale),[7] was a guest on both Fantasy Island and The Love Boat (appearing three times on each series), and had a recurring role on Knots Landing in 1983 as Janet Baines, an LAPD homicide detective investigating the murder of singer Ciji Dunne (played by Lisa Hartman).

Pettet also made appearances on the television series Banacek, McCloud, Mannix, Police Woman, Knight Rider and Murder, She Wrote. In 1984, she appeared as herself in a James Bond tribute episode of The Fall Guy alongside ex-Bond girls Britt Ekland and Lana Wood.


Pettet won a Theatre World Award for 1964-1965 for her work in Poor Richard.[8]

Later years

She starred with Jane Alexander and Franco Nero in the 1987 movie Sweet Country, and her last acting appearance to date was in a "bad action film" called Terror in Paradise in 1990 that was produced by Philippine filmmaker Cirio Santiago and distributed by Roger Corman's New Horizons company. During filming in the Philippines, she was held hostage by rebels, led by Gregorio Honasan, attempting to overthrow Corazon Aquino, and managed to escape the hotel where she was being held before fleeing the country. By then, she had lost her enthusiasm for acting and decided it was time to bow out from the entertainment industry.

The grief over the death on 7 July 1995 of Damien Zach, her only son, at age 26, caused Pettet to retreat from Hollywood. For a time, she lived in a remote area in California until she moved to London. She was a lifelong friend of actor Alan Bates, her co-star in the 1964 Broadway play Poor Richard. After the wife of the semi-closeted Bates died in 1992, he and Pettet lived as companions, dividing their time between New York and London until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2003.

Joanna lives outside Los Angeles. She is devoted to animals and animal causes.



Year Title Role Notes
1966 The Group Kay Strong Peterson
1967 The Night of the Generals Ulrike von Seidlitz-Gabler
1967 Casino Royale Mata Bond
1967 Robbery Kate Clifton
1968 Blue Joanne Morton
1969 The Best House in London Josephine Pacefoot
1974 Welcome to Arrow Beach Grace Henry
1978 The Evil Dr. Caroline Arnold
1982 Double Exposure Mindy Jordache
1982 Black Commando Desdemona
1987 Sweet Country Monica
1990 Terror in Paradise Dr. Fletcher


Year Title Role Notes
1964 Route 66 Millie Wilkins "Child of a Night"
1965 The Doctors Judy Lloyd "1.481"
1965 The Nurses Carol Lloyd "A Dangerous Silence"
1965 The Trials of O'Brien Liz Martin "Picture Me a Murder"
1966 The Fugitive Tina Anderson "Shadow of a Swan"
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Julia Riley "The Riley Brand"
1966 Dr. Kildare Yvonne Barlow Guest role (season 5)
1967 Three for Danger Serena TV film
1970 Night Gallery Elaine Latimer "The House"
1971 Night Gallery Claire Foster "Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something"
1971 Mannix Cindy Warren "A Button for General D."
1972 The Delphie Bureau April Thompson "Pilot"
1972 Miss Stewart, Sir Kate Stewart TV film
1972 Banacek Christine Verdon "Project Phoenix"
1972 Footsteps Sarah Allison TV film
1972 The Weekend Nun Sister Mary Damian / Marjorie Walker TV film
1972 Night Gallery Rhona Warwick / The Girl with the Hungry Eyes "The Caterpillar", "The Girl with the Hungry Eyes"
1973 McCloud Melissa Thompson "The Solid Gold Swingers"
1973 Pioneer Woman Maggie Sergeant TV film
1974 Medical Center Molly "Girl from Bedlam"
1974 A Cry in the Wilderness Delda Hadley TV film
1974 Police Story Adria "Glamour Boy"
1974–75 Thriller Sylvia Dee / Jody Baxter "A Killer in Every Corner", "A Midsummer Nightmare"
1974–75 Harry O Glenna Nielson / Breda Beach "Forty Reasons to Kill: Parts 1 & 2", "Group Terror"
1975 Caribe Andrea "Vanished"
1975 The Desperate Miles Ruth Merrick TV film
1975 Police Woman Glenna Burns / Beth Lord "Silence"
1976 The Dark Side of Innocence Jesse Breton TV film
1976 Captains and the Kings Katherine Hennessey TV miniseries
1977 Tales of the Unexpected Julie Thomas "You're Not Alone"
1977 Sex and the Married Woman Leslie Fitch TV film
1979 Heaven Only Knows Lynn Harpster TV film
1979–1982 The Love Boat Carol Hanson / Angelina Blenderman / Lenore Pitchford 3 episodes
1980 Charlie's Angels Barbara Brown "Nips and Tucks"
1980 Cry of the Innocent Cynthia Donegin / Candia Leighton TV film
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon Alana Richardson TV film
1980–1983 Fantasy Island Nona Lauren / Celeste Vallon / Vanessa Walgren 3 episodes
1981 Aloha Paradise Fiona 2 episodes
1981 Tales of the Unexpected Betsy "A Glowing Future"
1982 The Littlest Hobo Cynthia Masters "Forget Me Not"
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Meg Palmer "Christmas Song"
1983 Knots Landing Det. Janet Baines Recurring role
1984 The Yellow Rose Lane Roberts "Running Free"
1984 Knight Rider Joanna St. John "Mouth of the Snake"
1984 Finder of Lost Loves Claire Hardy "Undying Love"
1984–85 Hotel Lauren Chapman / Sally Banks "Reflections", "Lost and Found"
1987 Murder, She Wrote Virginia McCormack "The Way to Dusty Death"
1989 ABC Afterschool Special Carolyn Adams "Just Tipsy, Honey"


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  2. ^ a b c d Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland. p. 242. ISBN 9780786411948. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
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  4. ^ a b Winchell, Walter (October 4, 1962). "Walter Winchell ... of Broadway". Lebanon Daily News. Pennsylvania, Lebanon. p. 43. Retrieved January 2, 2017 – via open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "("Joanna Pettet" search results)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
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  7. ^ Classic Television Archive: Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
  8. ^ "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved 3 January 2017.

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