Elaine Joyce and Neil Simon
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The beautiful American actress, Elaine Joyce stepped into the entertainment industry as a supernumerary in films. Her career mostly consists of TV and radio productions. She was the lead in Broadway musical, Sugar in 1972, starring alongside Robert Morse, Tony Roberts and others. After coming into the business as a teenager since 1961, the unflagging actress is still waxing strong, recording so many achievements in her career.

Away from her career, Joyce has had quite an eventful personal life. She has lived through three marriages out of which only one ended in a divorce. Read on to discover more details about the veteran actress’s professional and personal lives.

Who is Elaine Joyce and How Old Is She Now?

Elaine Joyce was born on 19th December 1945. She was born as Elaine Joyce Pinchot in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. Her family is of Hungarian ancestry. Her parents, Iliclina (Nagy) and Frank Pinchot raised her alongside her brother, Frank in Missouri.

Joyce kicked off her career at quite an early age, precisely at sixteen. She made her debut as ‘Hotsie’ in the 1961 romantic musical tragedy, West Side Story. In 1962, she went ahead to make her TV debut in an episode of Route 66. Elaine also played frequent roles in Days of our Lives and The Young and The Restless. Other series in which she made guest appearances include The Andy Griffith Show, The Carrol Burnett Show, The Red Skeleton, Love; American Style, and many others.

Elaine also made uncredited appearances in many other musical films like The Music Man (1962), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Funny Girl (1968), How to Frame a Figg (1971), and so on. Her first credited role was that of ‘Marian’ in the comedy-drama movie, Such Good Friends (1971). Additionally, Joyce has appeared regularly in a number of game shows such as Match Game, Super Password, I’ve Got a Secret, and What’s My Line?

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In 1972, she made her Broadway debut in Sugar where she portrayed Sugar Kane the band singer, the role originated by Marilyn Monroe. For her outstanding performance in the Broadway musical, Elaine won the Theatre World Award (1972). In 1976, Joyce appeared as Marsha Finch in the fantasy TV series, City of Angels. Playing a secretary, she ran a call-girl service to Wayne Rogers who played Los Angeles private eye, Jake Axminister.

Going on with her stage performances, Joyce appeared at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, Florida. She was seen with Wayne Rogers in the play, Catch Me If You Can, performed at Cape Playhouse in Massachusetts. In 1980, she portrayed Edith Olsen in Motel Hell. She also starred as Ange Weinbauer in the 1986 film, Trick or Treat. She as well hosted the first season of The All New Dating Game from 1986 to 1987.

From this point in her career, Elaine had more TV projects than films. All through the 1990s, she appeared in several TV series including Beverly Hills, Mr. Merlin, Too Close For Comfort, and Simon and Simon.

Is Elaine Joyce Still Married To Neil Simon?

When it comes to her love life, Elaine Joyce has walked down the aisle on three different occasions. Firstly, in 1968, she married Robert Jack Stein, best known for his stage name, Bobby Van. Bobby is a musical actor, singer, and dancer. Elaine’s marriage with Bobby endured its share of troubles and lasted for 12 years. He died in 1980 due to brain cancer. The couple had appeared together in a few game shows. The marriage produced a daughter, Taylor Van, born on 22nd June 1976.

Following Bobby’s death, Joyce met John Levoff, a TV producer. The duo tied the knot in 1985, five years after her first husband’s death. However, after about seven years of wedlock, they divorced in 1992. From the marriage, Elaine had a son named Michael Levoff born sometime in 1986.

Elaine Joyce’s Marital Life with Neil Simon

Joyce’s third marriage was to Neil Simon, an American playwright, screenwriter, and author. Simon has to his name more than 30 plays and movie screenplays which are mostly adaptations of his plays. Prominent among his works are The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park. The couple, in 1999, wedded at a private affair held in a friend’s backyard. Unfortunately, Simon died on 26th August 2018, at the age of 91. He had renal failure and also suffered from pneumonia. Although Simon had once received a kidney transplant from a friend, Bill Evans, the sickness got more complicated, leading to his death.

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Elaine who happened to be Neil Simon’s fifth spouse inherited a fortune from the millionaire playwright. Her endowments include Neil’s watch collection and household furnishings, $12 million cash, and two Ritz Tower apartments in Park Avenue, Manhattan, NYC. Neil also bequeathed her with all his original manuscripts/papers and notebooks but asked her to donate them. They were married for 19 years.

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