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Years active  1953-1958
Name  Joan Weldon

Role  Film actress
Spouse  David Podell (m. 1966)
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Full Name  Joan Louise Welton
Born  August 5, 1930 (age 93) (1930-08-05) San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation  Singer, film & TV actress
Children  Melissa Weinand (b. 1968)
Movies  Them!, The Stranger Wore a G, Riding Shotgun, Day of the Bad Man, Gunsight Ridge
Similar People  Gordon Douglas, Sandy Descher, Andre de Toth, Claire Trevor, Carolyn Craig

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Joan Weldon (born as Joan Louise Welton on August 5, 1930, San Francisco, California) is an American film and television actress.


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Early years

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Weldon's grandmother, Olio Cornell, raised her in San Francisco after she "was left motherless at five." Weldon's great-grandfather was an actor on stage and in vaudeville. She attended Galileo High School.


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Weldon began her career singing in the San Francisco Grand Opera Company chorus. She also sang with the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera. On Broadway, she appeared in Kean.

She sang at the opening of the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, in 1964.

After working in film and television, she resumed her career as a singer in road company productions including The Music Man and Oklahoma!. Weldon retired in 1980.


In 1953, Weldon appeared as the soprano soloist on a broadcast of The Standard Hour on NBC radio.


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Weldon's film debut came in the 1953 film The System. Although her background was singing in operas, The System and her next two films, So This Is Love and Rear Guard, all had her in non-singing roles.

She became a contract actress with Warner Bros. where she remained until her contract ended in 1954. Her most prominent film was the cult thriller Them!


Weldon had a brief television career in the 1950s. Her first appearance in 1955 was in an episode of The Millionaire, starring Marvin Miller. She made three appearances on Lux Video Theater in various roles. She also played Marian Keats in the title role of the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Angry Mourner" in 1957. Her final television appearance was in 1958 on Shirley Temple Theater.

In 1955, Weldon was one of the regular singers on the syndicated program This Is Your Music.


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