Joan Staley is a legendary movie actress who made a great impact in the entertainment industry in the 1960s and 1970s with appearances in movies like Playhouse 90, Hawaiian Eye and her famed role in Broadside. Her first tentative entry was at the age of six as a child violinist, a skill she acquired after she fell head over heels in love with the musical instrument that brought her a measure of success.
The diva ruled the screens in her prime and was featured as Miss November 1958 on Playboy magazine. She also made it as one of the twelve distinguished actresses of Hollywood Deb Stars for 1962. Joan Staley may now be hidden away from the flashes of the camera but she is still very much alive. Read on to find out where she is now, what she has been up to lately, and other interesting stuff about her.
Joan Staley Biography
Joan Staley was named Joan Lynette McConchie after she was birthed on the 20th day of May 1940 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her father was a mission gospel preacher known as James McConchie while her mother, Jean McConchie, was a musician versed in playing a number of musical instruments such as the organ, viola, and violin.
Staley grew up mainly Los Angeles, California where she received her elementary education. Due to her father’s job demands, she moved a lot with him living in several cities of the world. She attended high school in cities like Chicago, Washington DC, Munich, and Paris. Following the family’s return to the US, she became a student of Chapman College in Orange, California. After her graduation from college, Joan Staley moved to San Francisco where her father was currently stationed and found work as the only teletype operator at the William R. Stats brokerage firm.
When Joan Staley was just three, she went with her mother to a concert where she first watched how the violin was played and fell in love with the instrument. This necessitated the acquisition of her own violin by her mother, who also got her an instructor that taught her how to play. After a few years, the young lady soon became proficient and it was therefore not surprising when she won an audition to join Peter Meremblum’s Junior Symphony, consequently earning herself her first film appearance in Emperor Waltz in 1948.
Following her college education, Staley worked as a teletype operator at the William R. Stats brokerage firm before she ventured into films and television work. Her career in the industry took off when she joined The Little Theater in Hollywood, subsequently appearing in stage plays such as The Robe, Brigadoon, and My Sister Eileen.
Joan Staley’s debut film appearance was in 1958 in the Perry Mason episode of The Case of the Corresponding Corpse. This was followed by features in television series like Laramie (1959), Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963), The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952-1966), The New Phil Silvers Show, The Lively Ones (1960), Wagon Train (1962-1965), 77 Sunset Strip (1958 – 1964), McHale’s Navy (1964) and its spin-off, Broadside (1964-1965) – a comedy series that further made her popular.
Staley’s hot body and beautiful personality made her Playboy magazine’s Miss November 1958 and of course, she was among the twelve actresses chosen in 1962 as the Hollywood Deb Star.
The 5 feet 5 inches tall actress further went on to star in films like Ocean’s 11 (1960), Midnight Lace (1960), The Ladies Man (1961), Cape Fear (1962), Roustabout (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), and Gunpoint (1966). Her short but impactful acting career earned her wealth estimated to be around $9 million.
Joan Staley first married famous television director – Charles Staley in August 1956 when she was 16 years. Three years down the line, their marriage produced a daughter named Sherrye Dee Staley born in 1959. Sadly the two could not handle the pressures of marriage and they thus parted ways in 1960.
After seven years as a single woman, Staley gave marriage another shot when she wedded Frederick Dale Sheets, an executive with Music Corporation of American (MCA). They worked together to establish a company called International Ventures Incorporated where they scout and manage young talents. Their marriage was blessed with three kids; whose names are Stephanie and Greg (Twins) and a daughter named Dina whom they raised alongside three of Dale Sheets kids and Joan Staley daughter from her ex-husband. In all, they were seven wonderful children trained by the couple.
Is She Still Alive? And Where is She Now?
Joan Staley is still very much alive and is currently at home in Los Angeles surrounded by her family. She now commits her time in consumer affairs while working hand in hand with her church for prison ministry works. After she sustained an injury from a horseback riding accident in 1966, Staley limited her movie appearances to only one television show.