Joan Hackett

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Joan Hackett
Joan hackett.jpg
Joan Hackett in the 1970s
BornJoan Ann Hackett
(1934-03-01)March 1, 1934
East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
DiedOctober 8, 1983(1983-10-08) (aged 49)
Encino, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Ovarian cancer
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationActress
Years active1959–1983
Spouse(s)Richard Mulligan
(1967-1973) (divorced)
 
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Joan Hackett
Joan hackett.jpg
Joan Hackett in the 1970s
BornJoan Ann Hackett
(1934-03-01)March 1, 1934
East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
DiedOctober 8, 1983(1983-10-08) (aged 49)
Encino, Los Angeles, California
Cause of death
Ovarian cancer
Resting place
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
OccupationActress
Years active1959–1983
Spouse(s)Richard Mulligan
(1967-1973) (divorced)

Joan Ann Hackett (March 1, 1934 – October 8, 1983) was an American actress of film, stage and television.[1] For the 1981 film Only When I Laugh, she won a Golden Globe Award and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also received a Best Foreign Actress BAFTA Award nomination for the 1966 film The Group.

Early life[edit]

She was born in New York City, the daughter of Mary (née Esposito; and John Hackett. She had a sister, Theresa and a brother, John. Her mother was from Naples, Italy and her father had Irish ancestry, and they reared her Roman Catholic and sent her to Catholic schools.[2][3][4]

Acting career[edit]

Hackett debuted in 1959 with the role of Gail Prentiss in the television series, Young Doctor Malone. In 1961 she won a Theatre World Award, an Obie Award for Best Actress, and a Drama Desk Award for her Off-Broadway portrayal of Chris in Michael Shurtleff's play Call Me By My Rightful Name.

She had a recurring role on the CBS legal drama The Defenders (1961–1965) as the fiancee of Kenneth Preston (played by Robert Reed), partner in the father-and-son law firm led by patriarch Lawrence Preston (E.G. Marshall). She appeared regularly in scenes with both lead actors. She had a leading role in The Twilight Zone episode "A Piano in the House". In the 1963-1964 season, she guest starred on the ABC drama about college life, Channing starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones.

Hackett had one of the starring roles in the 1966 Sidney Lumet film The Group, along with Candice Bergen, Larry Hagman, Richard Mulligan, Joanna Pettet and others.

One of her notable movie performances was the role of Catherine Allen, a young mother struggling to survive on the frontier, in the 1968 Western Will Penny, with Charlton Heston in the title role. Hackett also had notable parts in the classic Western comedy Support Your Local Sheriff!, with James Garner, and the 1973 murder mystery The Last of Sheila. After this she primarily had parts in TV movies and on episodes of TV series.

In 1978, she appeared in a PBS adaption of Mourning Becomes Electra as Christine Mannon; her performance earned her some of the best reviews of her career. Clive James said that it entitled her to be called a great actress.

Hackett won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1981 movie Only When I Laugh, the last movie she made before her death. She could also be seen in Paul Simon's film One Trick Pony.

Personal life[edit]

From 1965 to 1973 she was married to actor Richard Mulligan, who also appeared in The Group.

Death[edit]

Hackett died in 1983 of ovarian cancer at Encino Hospital in Encino, in California. Both of her parents as well as her former husband Richard Mulligan also died of cancer. She is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where her epitaph reads "Go Away—I'm Asleep", a reference to her love of beauty sleep.

Partial filmography[edit]

Selected television guest appearances[edit]

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