Joyce Jameson

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Joyce Jameson
Joyce Jameson.jpg
Born(1932-09-26)September 26, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1987(1987-01-16) (aged 54)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1951–1984
Spouse(s)Billy Barnes (divorced)
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Joyce Jameson
Joyce Jameson.jpg
Born(1932-09-26)September 26, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1987(1987-01-16) (aged 54)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1951–1984
Spouse(s)Billy Barnes (divorced)

Joyce Jameson (September 26, 1932 – January 16, 1987) was an American actress, educated and well-read, who was typecast in sexualized roles during the period when Marilyn Monroe was famous. Jameson was known for many television roles, including recurring guest appearances as “Skippy”, one of the "fun girls" in the 1960s television series The Andy Griffith Show, as well as for film portrayals such as the woman taken advantage of by philandering businessmen, and credited only as "The Blonde" in the 1960 Academy Award winner The Apartment.



Jameson began work in the early 1950s with numerous uncredited roles in films and television. She made her film debut in 1951 playing a chorus girl dancer in the motion picture Show Boat. Her other notable film credits of that early period included Problem Girls (1953), Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957) and The Apartment (1960).

In 1962, she starred alongside Vincent Price and Peter Lorre in the Roger Corman horror film Tales of Terror as Annabel Herringbone. She played Lorre's vulgar, unfaithful wife and during the course of the film she and her paramour (Price) were locked up in Lorre's wine cellar. One year later, she again starred alongside Lorre and Price in the raucous comedy The Comedy of Terrors (released in 1964), where she was more typically cast as she had been in the 1950s. In 1964, she appeared as a hotel hooker in the comedy Good Neighbor Sam, starring Jack Lemmon and Romy Schneider.

For Jameson, 1966 proved to be an important year. She starred as Abigail in the Elvis Presley film Frankie and Johnny and in Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! alongside Bob Hope and Elke Sommer. She also appeared in 1968's The Split, a crime film with Jim Brown and Warren Oates, and in an unsold comedy pilot for CBS called The Mouse That Roared but it was never released.

In the 1970s, Jameson had notable roles in films such as Death Race 2000 (1975) playing Grace Pander and she appeared in the 1976 Clint Eastwood western The Outlaw Josey Wales as Rose, further illustrating that her acting spanned a great number of genres. She also appeared in Every Which Way But Loose (1978) and one of her last roles was Hardbodies (1984).


Jameson was also well credited as a television actress. She appeared in guest roles in numerous television series. She made two appearances on Perry Mason: first as Lorraine Iverson who killed her husband in the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Floating Stones," then as Dolly Jameson in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Feather Cloak." She also had roles on Gunsmoke, Club Oasis (as a regular), The Twilight Zone, McHale's Navy, My Favorite Martian, The Munsters, F-Troop, Hogan's Heroes, Alias Smith and Jones, Emergency! and Barney Miller. Towards the late 1970s she appeared in Charlie's Angels and The Feather and Father Gang and in the early 1980s in The Love Boat. Her ongoing role as Skippy paired with Daphne (played by Jean Carson) in the The Andy Griffith Show established The Fun Girls, and inspired the characters for the later series Laverne & Shirley.

Personal life and death[edit]

Contrary to her onscreen stereotype, off screen Jameson was said to be the direct opposite of her screen persona. She was reportedly intelligent, sensitive, and extremely well read. She was married to actor/songwriter Billy Barnes for many years; they had one child, a son named Tyler Barnes. Subsequently, Jameson was a longtime girlfriend of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. star Robert Vaughn. She acted opposite Vaughn as the guest star on U.N.C.L.E. episode #45, The Dippy Blond Affair in 1967.

According to Vaughn's autobiography A Fortunate Life, Jameson suffered from depression. She was also an insomniac and regularly took Miltown to help her sleep.[1] On January 16, 1987, Jameson committed suicide by overdosing on pills at the age of 54.[2] Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered at sea.

Selected filmography[edit]

1951The Son of Dr. JekyllBarmaidUncredited
1956Crime Against JoeGloria Wayne
1960The ApartmentThe Blonde
1962Tales of TerrorAnnabel Herringbone
1963The BalconyPenitent
1963The Comedy of TerrorsAmaryllis Trumbull
1964Good Neighbor SamElsie Hooker
1968The SplitJennifer
1975Death Race 2000Grace Pander
1976The Outlaw Josey WalesRose
1976ScorchyMary DavisAlternative title: Race with Death
1980Pray TVMillie PeeblesAlternative title: K-GOD
1983The Man Who Loved WomenUncredited
1956Science Fiction TheatreNina Lasalle1 episode
1958Playhouse 90Miss Cooper1 episode
1959Yancy DerringerBonnie Mason1 episode
1960The Betty Hutton ShowBeverly Bell
1961Lock-UpCoralee1 episode
1961–1963The Many Loves of Dobie GillisLola LaVerne3 episodes
1962OutlawsLotus1 episode
1962–1965Andy Griffith ShowSkippy3 episodes
1963The Danny Thomas ShowNikki Stewart1 episode
1963Alfred Hitchcock PresentsRosie Feather1 episode
1963McHale's NavyKate O'Hara1 episode
1964GrindlLaverne1 episode
1965The Baileys of BalboaMary Brown1 episode
1966The Dick Van Dyke ShowBlanche1 episode
1966Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.Irene1 episode
1966Hogan's HeroesMady Pfeiffer
Eva Mueller
1 episode
1 episode
1967The Big ValleyThe Blonde1 episode
1967The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.Shirley Fummer1 episode
1969The VirginianMillie1 episode
1970Run, Simon, RunEstherTelevision movie
Alternative titles: Savage Run
The Tradition of Simon Zuniga
1971IronsideMrs. Akerman1 episode
1972Women in ChainsSimpsonTelevision movie
1973Here's LucyPrisoner1 episode
1974Movin' OnAngela Wentworth1 episode
1975The First 36 Hours of Dr. DurantMrs. GrahamTelevision movie
1976BarettaLucille1 episode
1977The Feather and Father GangNorma1 episode
1978CrashSophie CrossTelevision movie
Alternative title: Crash of Flight 401
1979The Wild Wild West RevisitedLola (Showgirl)Television movie
1982The Fall GuyLucille1 episode


  1. ^ Vaughn, Robert (2008). A Fortunate Life. MacMillian. p. 88. ISBN 0-312-37112-8. 
  2. ^ Del Valle, David (2001-01-01). "CAMP DAVID JANUARY 2007". p. 4. Retrieved 2009-05-13. 

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