Joan Blackman

Joan May Blackman (born May 17, 1938 in San Francisco, California) is an American actress.[1]

Joan Blackman
Blackman and Richard Crenna in Slattery's People, 1965.
Born (1938-05-17) May 17, 1938
Years active1957–1990
Rockne Tarkington
(m. 1968; div. 1970)

Joby Baker
(m. 1959; div. 1961)


Blackman appeared in her first motion picture, Good Day for a Hanging, in 1959. She had a significant role in two Elvis Presley films. She played Maile Duval in the 1961 film Blue Hawaii and the following year played Rose Grogan in Kid Galahad. She also appeared with Dean Martin in Career (1959), and played Ellen Spelding, the love interest of Kreton, the character of Jerry Lewis in Visit to a Small Planet (1960). Her other film appearances included roles in The Great Impostor (1961), Twilight of Honor (1963), Daring Game (1968), Pets (1974), Macon County Line (1974), and Moonrunners (1975).


Blackman made her television acting debut as a guest performer in a 1957 series, Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans. Among her television appearances was her role as Hilary Gray in the 1964 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Ruinous Road." She also made single appearances on Bonanza, I Spy and Gunsmoke.

During the 1965–66 season, Blackman was part of the regular cast of the prime time television serial, Peyton Place. On that show, she played "Marion Fowler," the wife to the district attorney.[2]

Personal life

She was married to Joby Baker from May 1959 to November 1961.[3][4] They met in drama school.[3]

She married actor Rockne Tarkington in July 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement. They divorced in October 1970. They have two children together.


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  2. Joan Blackman Overview,; accessed 2009-05-23.
  3. Biography for Joan Blackman,; accessed 2009-05-23.
  4. "Joby Baker". Retrieved 8 August 2018.
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