Joan Carroll (January 18, 1931 – November 16, 2016) was an American child actress who appeared in films until retiring in 1945.
Joan Marie Felt
January 18, 1931
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
|Died||November 16, 2016 85) (aged|
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
|Years active||1936, 1938–69|
James Joseph Krack
(m. 1951; div. 1969)
Carroll was born Joan Marie Felt to Wright and Freida Felt on January 18, 1931. Her father was a government electrical engineer, and her mother was a club and stage pianist. Carroll took dramatic lessons when she was very young and was performing locally by age 4. Her family moved to California in 1936, where she received a bit part in The First Baby (1936; billed as Mary Joan Felt).
Carroll developed into an excellent singer and tap dancer at the Fanchon and Marco Dancing School in Hollywood, and became an accomplished child actress. Her stage name was changed to Carol and then Carroll.
Between 1937 and 1940 she appeared in supporting roles in several movies. Her big break came the 1940 film, Primrose Path, as Ginger Rogers's younger sister, for which she won a Critics Award. The same year she became the first child star to be summoned from Hollywood in order to appear in the leading role in a Broadway musical, Panama Hattie, which ran from October 30, 1940 to January 3, 1942.
Carroll became RKO Radio Pictures' resident juvenile personality in both "A" and "B" pictures. RKO starred Carroll in the leading role with Ruth Warrick in two zany comedy vehicles, Obliging Young Lady (1941) and Petticoat Larceny (1943). She continued to work in films as an adolescent, but less frequently. Two of her best-remembered pictures came from this period: Meet Me In St. Louis (1944) as Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien's sister, and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), in which she played a troubled teenager.
She and her brother donated a historic family lamp to the Nevada State Museum on July 7, 2011. The lamp was originally given to her father, Wright Felt, who was the Public Works Administrator for Nevada at the time the Hoover Dam was built. The lamp was created out of materials used in the construction of the 155-mile, $900,000 power line to the Hoover Dam, and was presented to him by the Lincoln County Power District No. 1 on September 25, 1937, for his assistance with the project.
Carroll died on November 16, 2016 near her home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, aged 85. She was survived by her four children and extended family.
|1936||The First Baby|
|1937||One Mile from Heaven||Sunny|
|1938||Walking Down Broadway||Sunny Martin|
|1938||Two Sisters||Sally, as a child|
|1939||Mr. Moto's Last Warning||Mary Delacour|
|1939||Tower of London||Lady Mowbray||Uncredited|
|1939||A Child Is Born||Little Girl||Uncredited|
|1940||Anne of Windy Poplars||Betty Grayson|
|1942||Obliging Young Lady||Bridget Potter|
|1943||Petticoat Larceny||Joan Mitchell / Small Change|
|1944||Meet Me In St. Louis||Agnes Smith|
|1944||Tomorrow the World||Pat Frame|
|1945||The Clock||Man in Penn Station||Uncredited|
|1945||The Bells of St. Mary's||Patricia 'Patsy' Gallagher|
- Barnes, Mike (2012-12-11). "Joan Carroll, Child Actress in 'Meet Me in St. Louis' and 'The Bells of St. Mary's,' Dies at 85". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
- Best, Marc. Those Endearing Young Charms, p. 20.
- Harrison, Paul (1941-08-02). "Joan Carroll No Longer Looks and Acts Like Shirley Temple—Result is Stardom". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
- Joan Carroll at the Internet Broadway Database
- Joan Carroll on IMDb
- "Nevada State Museum to Receive Donation of a 1937 Lamp | Carson City Nevada News". Carson Now. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
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