biography

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 1, 1940, beautiful Joy Harmon began modeling while still a child, after her parents moved to Connecticut. While a teenager in high school, she landed a small role in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, which was filmed near her home in Westport, Connecticut. Bitten by the acting bug, Harmon entered beauty contests and appeared on Broadway. A few more film roles followed before she was cast as a regular on Groucho Marx's short-lived 1962 series Tell It to Groucho. At the time she was also a popular pin-up girl, appearing in men's magazines of the period.

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LEFT: Early 1960s cheesecake photo of Joy Harmon. RIGHT: Harmon was a contestant on Groucho Marx's game show You Bet Your Life in the late 1950s

Harmon landed roles in such films as Village of the Giants (1965; with Tommy Kirk), One Way Wahini (1965; with Anthony Eisley), and Young Dillinger (1965; with Robert Conrad), and on popular TV shows, including Gidget, Batman, and The Monkees.

the films of joy harmon

One Way Wahine (1965)

Anthony Eisley, Adele Claire, Edgar Bergen, David Whorf, and Joy HarmonOne Way Wahini poster

LEFT: Scene from the difficult-to-find film One Way Wahine. Pictured are Anthony Eisley, Adele Claire, Edgar Bergen, David Whorf, and Joy Harmon. RIGHT: One-sheet poster

Village of the Giants (1965)

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Scenes from Village of the Giants. LEFT: With Beau Bridges, Tisha Sterling, Tim Rooney, Kevin O'Neil, Bob Random, and Gail Gilmore. CENTER and RIGHT: The giant teens take over Hainesville

Young Dillinger (1965)

Helen Stephens, Dan Terranova, Beverly Powers, Robert Conrad, Nick Adams, Mary Ann Mobley, John Ashley, and Joy HarmonYoung Dillinger poster

LEFT: Cast photo from the Allied Artists release Young Dillinger. Pictured are Helen Stephens, Dan Terranova, Beverly Powers, Robert Conrad, Nick Adams , Mary Ann Mobley, John Ashley, and Joy Harmon. RIGHT: Original half-sheet poster

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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Harmon washes a car in this memorable scene from Cool Hand Luke

Angel in My Pocket (1969)

Joy Harmon and Andy Griffith

With Andy Griffith in the Universal comedy Angel in My Pocket

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When Harmon married in 1968, her film career ended; she made a few more TV appearances in the early 1970s before retiring from the screen to raise a family. She is now the owner of Aunt Joy's Cakes, a well-respected bakery in Burbank. To find out more about Joy Harmon, see the December 24, 1999 issue of Femme Fatales, the source for some of the photos on this page. Also check out the Books Available section below.

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Mad Dog Coll [DVD](1961) DVD
Notorious 1930s gangster Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll is the subject of this gritty biodrama that traces the vicious hoodlum's rise to the top of the criminal underworld. After making a name for himself as a remorseless killer, Mad Dog faced a war on two fronts--one with the cops, the other with rival mobster Dutch Schultz. John Chandler, Telly Savalas, and an uncredited Gene Hackman all make their feature film debuts; with Jerry Orbach, Vincent Gardenia, Kay Doubleday. 86 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray](1967)
Paul Newman is Lucas Jackson, a man sentenced to serve hard time in a tough chain gang in the South. Enduring sadistic wardens, egg-eating contests, and a definite "failure to communicate," Luke earns the admiration of Dragline (George Kennedy, in his Oscar-winning role) and the other convicts, but the system proves equally determined to break him once and for all. Strother Martin, Morgan Woodward, Anthony Zerbe, and Joy Harmon as "the Girl" star; directed by Stuart Rosenberg. 126 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, German Dolby Digital mono, Italian Dolby Digital mono, Japanese Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, French; audio commentary; documentary; theatrical trailer. Please note that titles released in the Blu-ray format will not play on a standard DVD player.
Cool Hand Luke (Deluxe Edition) [DVD](1967) DVD
Paul Newman is Lucas Jackson, a man sentenced to serve hard time in a tough chain gang in the South. Enduring sadistic wardens, egg-eating contests, and a definite "failure to communicate," Luke earns the admiration of Dragline (George Kennedy, in his Oscar-winning role) and the other convicts, but the system proves equally determined to break him once and for all. Strother Martin, Morgan Woodward, Anthony Zerbe, and Joy Harmon as "the Girl" star; directed by Stuart Rosenberg. 126 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; audio commentary; documentary; theatrical trailer.
A Guide For The Married Man [DVD](1967) DVD
Gene Kelly directs this delicious farce that finds faithful husband Walter Matthau contemplating stepping out on wife Inger Stevens. To get lessons in infidelity, Matthau consults philandering pal Robert Morse, whose advice plays out in a series of hilarious vignettes, boasting appearances by Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Jayne Mansfield, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Carl Reiner, and Jack Benny; features the hit title song performed by The Turtles. 91 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Bewitched: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1965) DVD
All 38 episodes from season two--including "Alias Darrin Stephens," "The Joker Is a Card," "The Magic Cabin," "Fastest Gun on Madison Avenue," and "Double Tate"--have been collected in a five-disc set. 16 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Chinese, Portuguese, Thai.

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filmography

FILM
Angel in My Pocket (1969) with Andy Griffith and Lee Meriwether
Cool Hand Luke (1967) with Paul Newman, George Kennedy, and Dennis Hopper
A Guide for the Married Man (1967) with Walter Matthau, Sue Ane Langdon, and Inger Stevens
One Way Wahine (1965) with Anthony Eisley and Edgar Bergen
Village of the Giants (1965) with Tommy Kirk, Beau Bridges, Johnny Crawford, Tisha Sterling, and Ron Howard
Young Dillinger (1965) with Nick Adams, Robert Conrad, John Ashley, Mary Ann Mobley, and Beverly Powers
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) with Jack Lemmon and Edie Adams
Mad Dog Coll (1961) with John Davis Chandler and Telly Savalas
Let's Rock (1958) with Julius LaRosa and Phyllis Newman

TELEVISION SERIES
Tell It to Groucho 1962 CBS TV series. Joy Harmon was a regular

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Odd Couple, episode Don't Believe in Roomers, originally aired December 22, 1972
Love, American Style, episode Love and the Secret Habit, originally aired December 8, 1972
The Monkees, episode Monkees On The Wheel, originally aired December 11, 1967
The Monkees, episode The Picture Frame, originally aired September 18, 1967
Bewitched, episode Divided He Falls, originally aired May 5, 1966
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., episode Gomer, the Would-Be Hero, originally aired April 15, 1966
Batman, episode When the Rat's Away the Mice will Play, originally aired February 17, 1966
Batman, episode A Riddle a Day keeps the Riddler Away, originally aired February 16, 1966
Gidget, episode A Hearse, a Hearse, My Kingdom for a Hearse, originally aired October 20, 1965
Gidget, episode In God, and Nobody Else, We Trust, originally aired September 22, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed the Strangler?, originally aired January 6, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed the Richest Man in the World?, originally aired November 11, 1964
The Beverly Hillbillies, episode Elly Becomes A Secretary, originally aired May 22, 1963
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