Gloria Joy

Gloria Joy (born Corrine Louise Johnson; October 7, 1910 – January 25, 1970)[1] was an American actress whose career began at age seven in 1918 during the silent film era. She mostly performed as a child actress from the late 1910s, through the 1920s, before retiring from the industry in 1934.

Gloria Joy
Gloria Joy ca. 1918
Corrine Louise Johnson

(1910-10-07)7 October 1910
Died25 January 1970(1970-01-25) (aged 59)
Los Angeles County, California, USA
Other namesGloria Backus
Years active1918–1934

Early life and career

Gloria Joy was born Corrine Louise Johnson in Los Angeles, California to Oral Lavon Johnson and Louise Corinne Johnson (née Gordon). She began her career in the film industry at age seven when her stepfather, Sherwood MacDonald, formed Mission Productions in the autumn of 1918 to produce a series of films showcasing Joy as a child actress. The first of the series was The Fortunes of Connie, released by Pathé on 22 December of that year.[2] Joy would go on to appear in films – often in starring roles directed by MacDonald – throughout the late 1910s and 1920s.[3] Joy would appear in approximately twenty-five films before retiring from acting in 1934.

Gloria Joy died in 1970, aged 59, and was interred at the San Gabriel Cemetery in San Gabriel, Los Angeles County, California.[4]

Selected filmography


  1. "Silent Film Artists 1908-1919". Young Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1998. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. Slide, Anthony (2001). The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry. Scarecrow Press. p. 128. ISBN 978-1578860159.
  3. Unwinding the Reel. Theatre Magazine, Volume 28. December 1918.
  4. "Gloria Joy Johnson Backus". Find A Grave. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
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