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Joan Bennett Height, Weight, Age, Spouse, Biography

Joan Bennett Quick Info
Height 5 ft 3½ in
Weight 62 kg
Date of Birth February 27, 1910
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Date of Death December 7, 1990

Joan Bennett was an American actress who enjoyed a successful Hollywood career by starring in numerous hit films including Little Women (1933), Father of the Bride (1950), Suspiria (1977), Scarlet Street (1945), The Woman in the Window (1944), Man Hunt (1941), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), The Reckless Moment (1949), and We’re No Angels (1955).

Born Name

Joan Geraldine Bennett

Nick Name

Doanie (by her grandchildren)

Joan Bennett as seen in 1932
Joan Bennett as seen in 1932 (Harriet / Wikimedia / Public Domain)


She was born on February 27, 1910.


Joan passed away from a heart attack in Scarsdale, New York at the age of 80 years on December 7, 1990.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States







  • Father – Richard Bennett (Actor)   
  • Mother – Adrienne Morrison (Actress, Literary Agent)
  • Siblings – Constance Bennett (Older Sister) (Actress), Barbara Bennett (Older Sister) (Actress, Dancer)




5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm


62 kg or 136.5 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Joan Bennett had dated –

  1. John M. Fox (1925-1928) – Her first marriage was to John M. Fox and lasted for only 2 years from September 15, 1926, until July 30, 1928. During this time, the couple became parents to a daughter named Adrienne Ralston Fox (aka Diana Bennett) (b. February 20, 1928).
  2. Spencer Tracy (1930)
  3. Gene Markey (1932-1937) – The writer, producer, and screenwriter Gene Markey became her second husband on March 12, 1932. On her 24th birthday, Joan gave birth to their daughter Melinda Markey (b. February 27, 1934). But, their marriage ended in divorce on June 3, 1937.
  4. Bing Crosby (1934-1935)
  5. Charles Boyer (1935-1937)
  6. Errol Flynn (1940)
  7. Walter Wanger (1939-1965) – On January 12, 1940, she wed the film producer Walter Wanger. They welcomed 2 daughters together named Stephanie Wanger (b. June 26, 1943) and Shelley Wanger (b. July 4, 1948). The couple was married for 25 years before getting divorced on September 20, 1965.
  8. Francis Lederer
  9. Lee Bowman
  10. Jennings Lang (1951)
  11. Donald Cook (1957)
  12. John Emery (1961-1964)
  13. David Wilde (1978-1990) – She married David Wilde, a movie critic and publisher, on February 14, 1978. The couple remained married until Joan’s death on December 7, 1990.
Joan Bennett (center) as seen with her father and sisters in 1919
Joan Bennett (center) as seen with her father and sisters in 1919 (Central Press Company / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity


She had English with some Sephardi Jewish ancestry.

Hair Color


However, her hair had turned ‘Gray’ by the time of her death.

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Frequently played femme fatales
  • Husky voice
  • Sultry eyes
Joan Bennett as seen in a screenshot from the 1945 film Scarlet Street
Joan Bennett as seen in a screenshot from the 1945 film Scarlet Street (Film Screenshot / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Joan Bennett Facts

  1. She was one of the top 4 contenders to play the career-defining role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) with Vivien Leigh, Jean Arthur, and Paulette Goddard.
  2. Joan’s divorce from Gene Markey was finalized on June 3, 1937, which coincidentally happened to be the same day that the Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) married his lover Wallis Simpson.
  3. She starred in 3 films that went on to become ‘Best Picture’ Oscar nominees: Disraeli (1929), Little Women (1933), and Father of the Bride (1950).
  4. She turned down the offer to star as Bess McCarthy in Ron Howard’s sci-fi thriller, Cocoon (1985). The role then went to Gwen Verdon. Joan reportedly regretted her decision after the film became a super hit at the box office.
  5. She played the youngest sister Amy March in the 1933 film adaptation of Little Women (1933) alongside Katharine Hepburn. Furthermore, Elizabeth Taylor played Amy March in the next adaptation of Little Women in 1949. Lastly, the two actresses worked together when Bennett played Taylor’s mother in Father of the Bride (1950).

Featured Image by Harriet / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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