Joan Hackett (Actor)

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(03-01-1934 - 10-08-1983) Age 49

Joan Hackett appeared on Stage, Big and Small Screen, and radio. She was in TV's Young Doctor Malone and CBS's The Defenders with E.G. Marshall.




She appeared in the following 2 episodes of Radio Mystery Theater
Date Episode Title Plot
01/30/1974 0025 Mother Love An unusual favor and $6000 are all a fortune teller needs to grant the wish of a desperate woman to conceive
03/07/1975 0235 The Eye of Death A young photographer is convinced that her stepfather killed her mother and tries to prove it. She becomes frantic and begins to stalk him when he gets ready to marry again.

8 Responses to Hackett Joan

No! She was better on television and movies. She needed to rid herself of her geographical accent She sounded as if she had chewing gum in her mouth when she read her lines. Other than that, I love(d) her. She is another beautiful person taken away too soon by cancer. I visited her crypt


I remember her from Support Your Local Sheriff. She was so cute and natural as an actress.


She totally nailed both roles in my opinion. Taken to soon.


She was a great actress, I loved her vulnerability . She had two excellent performances with two unrelated "Simon's"; musician Paul, in his writing and feature debut "One Trick Pony" and Neil Simon's "Only When I Laugh". She always brought a subtle naturalness to her characters.


Joan Ann Hackett (March 1, 1934 – October 8, 1983) was an American actress of film, stage and television. She was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress for the 1966 film The Group, and starred in the 1967 western Will Penny. She went on to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and win the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1981 film Only When I Laugh. She also starred as Christine Mannon in the 1978 PBS miniseries version of Mourning Becomes Electra. ackett debuted in 1959 with the role of Gail Prentiss in the television series, Young Doctor Malone. She appeared in 2 episodes of CBS Radio Mystery Theater She had a recurring role on the CBS legal drama The Defenders (1961–1965), She also appeared in The Twilight Zone episoe "A piano in the house." Hackett had one of the starring roles in the 1966 Sidney Lumet film The Group. She also starred in Will Penny (1968), Support Your Local Sheriff! , The Last of Sheila (1973) In 1978, she appeared in a PBS adaptation of Mourning Becomes Electra as Christine Mannon;


Joan Hackett appeared in a number of Broadway productions and in over 80 films and television programs. Her TV performances include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the Twilight Zone and CBS's The Defenders with our beloved E.G. Marshall.


I loved her. She was Esther in The Twilight Zone with the piano wildly playing, she was the music teacher in Reflections of Murder, she was the lonely victim in Five Desperate Women, she was the neighbor in How Awful About Alan. She did 2 really good CBS Radio Mystery Theater plays. I loved her and her husband, Richard Mulligan. They were both great. I even visited her grave in Hollywood. The poor woman died of cancer at 49. She was a loss.


She was in one of my favorite films, "The Last of Sheila." I remember watching a rerun of that Twilight Zone episode and hearing her voice and thinking, "OMG, is that her?"


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