Joan Tetzel was born in 1921 in New York City. She acted on Broadway and on the West End in London. Her film appearances include “Duel in the Sun” with Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck and with Peck again in 1947 in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Paradine Case” with also starred Louis Jourdan, Alida Valli and Ann Todd. Joan Tetzel was married to actor Oscar Holomka. She died in 1977 aged 56.
Aside from her movie career, Joan Tetzel was well known as a Broadway and London stage actress. She played nurse Ratchett in the Broadway edition of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.” During the early seventies, she appeared in the London play, “How The Other Half Loves.” During this period, she had a running part in the TV series “Policewoman.” As a noted stage actress, her picture appeared on the front cover of Life Magazine on February 14, 1948. She died in Sussex England from cancer.
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Tetzel is noted for her performance in Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Paradine Case (1947), where she played “Judy Flaquer”, the daughter of the solicitor played by Charles Coburn in the film. In the movie, she is the confidante and best friend of the wife (Ann Todd) of defense lawyer Anthony Keane (Gregory Peck), and is able to objectively see how Keane is ruining his marriage because of his infatuation with Mrs. Paradine (Alida Valli). Her other film appearances included Duel in the Sun (1946), The File on Thelma Jordon (1950), Hell Below Zero (1954) and Joy in the Morning (1965).
She worked with Alfred Hitchcock in his TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. She played “Eve Ross” in the Alfred Hitchcock Presentsepisode “Guest for Breakfast”. She appeared as Marian Stuart, wife of the title character, in the 1963 Perry Mason episode, “The Case of the Decadent Dean.” She also made appearances on Thriller in the episode “An Attractive Family”, and Gunsmoke. Aside from her movie career, Tetzel was a well-known stage actress. She appeared in the 1940 revival of Liliom, the original stage production of I Remember Mama, and portrayed Nurse Ratched in the stage production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest on Broadway. As a noted stage actress, her photo appeared on the front cover of Life Magazine on February 16, 1948.
Her first husband was radio producer John E. Mosman. Her second husband was Oscar Homolka (1898–1978), whom she married in 1949. Joan Tetzel died October 31, 1977, at her home Beri-Be-Dahn, Fairwarp, Sussex, England, aged 56, from cancer.