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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

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

(Pope). A supposed female “pope” between Leo IV. and Benedict III. She is said to have been born in England and educated at Cologne, passing under the name of Joannes Anglicus (…

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 Baez

Joan BaezsingerBorn: 1941 Soprano Joan Baez brought folk music into the mainstream with her best-selling albums and beautiful renditions of traditional ballads and spirituals. Her first album,…

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 Cromwell

Joan Cromwell's kitchen-stuff tub. A tub of kitchen perquisites. The filchings of servants sold for “market pennies.” The Royalists used to call the Protector's wife, whose name…

Joan Cusack

Joan Cusack comic actress Born: 10/11/1962 Birthplace: New York City Comedic actress known for her quirky but memorable roles. Her films include Working Girl (1988), Grosse Pointe Blank…