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Joan Didion

Joan Didion made her name with the essay collection Slouching Toward Bethlehem (1968) and the novel Play It As It Lays (1970). A California native, she was in her last year in college at Berkeley in 1…

Joan Didion Biography

Joan Didionjournalist, novelistBorn: 12/5/1934Birthplace: Sacramento, California Journalist and novelist who worked as a features editor at Vogue (1956–63) before becoming a freelance wr…

Joan Crawford

Name at birth: Lucille Fay Le SueurJoan Crawford was a bubbly ingenue of silent films during the "flapper era" of the late 1920s. As her bubbly years passed she reinvented herself as a more glamorous …

Pope Joan

Considered by most scholars -- and the Catholic Church -- to be merely a legend, the story of a 9th century woman pope named Joan continues to have a hold on the public's imagination. The story, popu…

Joan Rivers

Name at birth: Joan Alexandra MolinskyIn its 2014 obituary of Joan Rivers, The New York Times called her "the raspy loudmouth who pounced on America’s obsessions with flab, face-lifts, body hair and o…

Joan Fontaine

Name at birth: Joan de Beauvoir de HavillandActress Joan Fontaine was famous both for her Oscar-winning career and for her lifelong feud with her older sister, Olivia de Havilland. Fontaine's childho…

Joan of Arc

Also known as The Maid of Orléans; in French, Jeanne D'ArcA hero of the Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc remains a French national hero six centuries later. As a teenager she heard voices from on high …

Joan Miró

The collages, sculptures, tapestries and abstract paintings created by Joan Miró were bright, fantastical and reminiscent of cave paintings. Miró is closely associated with both Barcelona and Paris: …

Joan Osborne

Righteous LoveInterscope Amid rumors and controversy, Joan Osborne was dropped from her label, despite her seven times Grammy-nominated album Relish and its huge hit single "One of Us." It too…

Joan Collins

Joan Collins played conniving glamourpuss Alexis Carrington Colby on the TV soap opera Dynasty (1981-89). Collins began in low-budget British movies in 1951, then caught the attention of Hollywood wh…