Joyce Jameson

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Joyce Jameson
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Born (1932-09-26)September 26, 1932
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died January 16, 1987(1987-01-16) (aged 54)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Cause of death suicide
Resting place Cremated, ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1984
Spouse(s) Billy Barnes (divorced) (1 child)
Children Tyler Barnes

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, "Make Room For Daddy with Danny Thomas",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

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

Year Film Role Notes
1951 The Son of Dr. Jekyll Barmaid Uncredited
1954 Phffft! Secretary Uncredited
1956 Crime Against Joe Gloria Wayne
1960 The Apartment The Blonde
1962 Tales of Terror Annabel Herringbone
1963 The Balcony Penitent
1963 The Comedy of Terrors Amaryllis Trumbull
1964 Good Neighbor Sam Elsie Hooker
1968 The Split Jennifer
1975 Death Race 2000 Grace Pander
1976 The Outlaw Josey Wales Rose
1976 Scorchy Mary Davis Alternative title: Race with Death
1980 Pray TV Millie Peebles Alternative title: K-GOD
1983 The Man Who Loved Women Uncredited
Year Title Role Notes
1956 Science Fiction Theatre Nina Lasalle 1 episode
1958 Playhouse 90 Miss Cooper 1 episode
1959 Yancy Derringer Bonnie Mason 1 episode
1960 The Betty Hutton Show Beverly Bell
1961 Lock-Up Coralee 1 episode
1961–1963 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Lola LaVerne 3 episodes
1962 Outlaws Lotus 1 episode
1962–1965 Andy Griffith Show Skippy 3 episodes
1963 The Danny Thomas Show Nikki Stewart 1 episode
1963 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Rosie Feather 1 episode
1963 McHale's Navy Kate O'Hara 1 episode
1964 Grindl Laverne 1 episode
1965 The Baileys of Balboa Mary Brown 1 episode
1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show Blanche 1 episode
1966 Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. Irene 1 episode
1966 Hogan's Heroes Mady Pfeiffer
Eva Mueller
1 episode
1 episode
1967 The Big Valley The Blonde 1 episode
1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. Shirley Fummer 1 episode
1969 The Virginian Millie 1 episode
1970 Run, Simon, Run Esther Television movie
Alternative titles: Savage Run
The Tradition of Simon Zuniga
1971 Ironside Mrs. Akerman 1 episode
1972 Women in Chains Simpson Television movie
1973 Here's Lucy Prisoner 1 episode
1974 Movin' On Angela Wentworth 1 episode
1975 The First 36 Hours of Dr. Durant Mrs. Graham Television movie
1976 Baretta Lucille 1 episode
1977 The Feather and Father Gang Norma 1 episode
1978 Crash Sophie Cross Television movie
Alternative title: Crash of Flight 401
1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited Lola (Showgirl) Television movie
1982 The Fall Guy Lucille 1 episode


  1. Vaughn, Robert (2008). A Fortunate Life. Macmillan. p. 88. ISBN 0-312-37112-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Del Valle, David (2001-01-01). "CAMP DAVID JANUARY 2007". p. 4. Retrieved 2009-05-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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