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Joanna Moore

Other names
Joanna Cook Moore

Film actress

Alma mater
Agnes Scott College

Joanna Moore smiling with short wavy hair while wearing earrings and a blouse with a collar

Full Name
Dorothy Joanne Cook

November 10, 1934 (

Resting place
Oak Grove Cemetery, Americus, Georgia

Tatum O'Neal, Griffin O'Neal

Gary L. Reeves (m. 1975–1977), Ryan O'Neal (m. 1963–1967), Don Oreck (m. 1955–1957)

Henry Cook, Dorothy English Cook


November 22, 1997 (aged 63) Indian Wells, California, U.S.

Tatum ONeal, Griffin O'Neal, Don Oreck

Joanna moore

Joanna Moore (November 10, 1934 – November 22, 1997) was an American film and television actress. Over the course of her career, she appeared in more than eighty television and film roles.


Joanna Moore with a tight-lipped smile and short curly hair while wearing a pearl necklace and blouse

Moore's career hit its peak in the 1960s. During that time, she guest starred in several popular shows of the era including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, Bewitched, and The Real McCoys. One of her more notable recurring roles was as Sheriff Andy Taylor's love interest, Peggy "Peg" McMillan in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show from 1962 to 1963. Moore was a guest star in television westerns like Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, The Rebel, and The Virginian. By the 1970s, her career began to wane because of drug and alcohol issues. She made her final onscreen appearance in 1986.

Joanna Moore with a fierce look and short curly hair while wearing earrings and a top with thin strap

From 1963 to 1967, she was married to actor Ryan O'Neal, with whom she had two children: Griffin and Tatum O'Neal. Moore died of lung cancer in 1997.

Joanna Moore in a scene from the 1960 tv series, The Andy Griffith Show. Joanna is smiling while looking at something, with wavy hair, a gate and a brick wall in the background. Joanna is wearing a blouse with a collar


Early life

Joanna Moore with a tight-lipped smile, hand on her face, and short wavy hair while wearing a lace sleeveless blouse

Moore was born Dorothy Joanne Cook in Americus, Georgia, the elder of two daughters of Dorothy Martha (née English) and Henry Anderson Cook III. In 1941, when she was a child, her parents and younger sister were involved in a fatal car accident. Her mother and sister died immediately, while her father died a year after of the injuries he sustained in the accident. Moore was then adopted by a wealthy local family and changed her name from Dorothy to Joanna.

Joanna Moore smiling while looking at something with tied-up hair and wearing a blouse

As a teen, she married and quickly divorced Willis Moore in 1951. After the divorce, she attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. While attending college, she entered and won a beauty contest and was brought to Hollywood. Moore's acting career began when a producer for Universal Studios spotted her at a cocktail party.


Joanna Moore looking on the left side with a fierce look and short curly hair while wearing earrings and a top with a visible cleavage and thin straps

Moore made her television debut in the November 8, 1956, episode of Lux Video Theatre. The following year, she made her film debut in the 1957 crime drama Appointment with a Shadow. Later that year, she appeared in episodes of Goodyear Theater and Harbormaster along with another film, Slim Carter. In 1958, she had a small role in the film noir classic Touch of Evil with Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Marlene Dietrich, followed by more substantial roles in the horror film Monster on the Campus and the western Ride a Crooked Trail.

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From 1958 to 1959, Moore landed guest spots on television, including Studio One, Suspicion, The Rough Riders, Bourbon Street Beat, Bat Masterson, The Real McCoys, and Riverboat. She made a guest appearance on Perry Mason as the title character in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Terrified Typist."


During the 1960s, Moore continued her career guest-starring on numerous television shows in addition to film appearances. From 1960 to 1961, she guest-starred on Five Fingers, The Rebel, Hong Kong, The Untouchables, 77 Sunset Strip, Going My Way, and Empire.

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In 1962, Moore appeared as Miss Precious in Walk on the Wild Side with Jane Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck and Capucine, followed by the musical, Follow That Dream with Elvis Presley. That same year, Moore appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as Peggy "Peg" McMillan, Sheriff Taylor's love interest. In 1963, she co-starred in Son of Flubber and was cast in The Man from Galveston, intended as the pilot for Temple Houston. Also that year she made a second guest appearance on Perry Mason as Grace Olney in "The Case of the Reluctant Model." In 1964, she guest-starred on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre.

From 1965 to 1967, Moore guest starred on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Rogues, My Three Sons, Peyton Place (starring Moore's then husband, Ryan O'Neal), Daniel Boone, Cowboy in Africa, and The Iron Horse. In 1967, Moore appeared as Daphne Harper, a snob and former college beauty queen chum of Darrin's, in the "Charlie Harper, Winner" episode of Bewitched. During the time, Moore also had an uncredited role as "Angie," the widow of Jesse Coe, in Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Moore also made multiple appearances on The Millionaire, The United States Steel Hour, Route 66, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour), Hawaiian Eye, Alcoa Premiere, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, The Virginian, High Chaparral, The F.B.I, and The Rifleman.

1970s and 1980s

During the 1970s, Moore continued with guest roles on Nanny and the Professor, The Governor & J.J., and McCloud. In 1973, she appeared in the television adaption of the 1954 film Three Coins in the Fountain, also starring Yvonne Craig and Cynthia Pepper. In 1974 she appeared on The Waltons in the episode entitled "The Departure." In 1975, she co-starred in the feature film The Hindenburg. The next year, she guest-starred on Petrocelli and The Blue Knight and made two appearances on Bronk.

By the late 1970s, Moore's career had begun to wane owing to personal problems. Her only two on-screen appearances after 1976 were in a supporting role in the 1980 television film Scout's Honor starring Gary Coleman and a small bit part in the 1986 Australian film Run Chrissie Run!.

Marriages and children

On April 3, 1963, Moore married her third husband, actor Ryan O'Neal. The couple had two children: Tatum O'Neal (b. 1963) and Griffin O'Neal (b. 1964). The marriage was tempestuous and the couple separated in early 1966. In February 1967, their divorce became final.

In February 1975, she married roofing contractor Gary L. Reeves. They divorced in 1977.

Drug and alcohol abuse

Around the time of her separation from O'Neal, Moore began to abuse alcohol and drugs, namely amphetamines, and she became addicted. She continued acting, but her depression worsened over her impending divorce.

In 1970, Moore checked into the Camarillo State Hospital for psychiatric treatment. The next year, she was arrested for drunk driving after she and O'Neal got into a fight while she and their children were visiting O'Neal's Malibu home. After her arrest, she lost custody of her children.

By the late 1970s, she was being supported financially by her daughter, Tatum, who had become an Academy Award-winning actress at age 10 and one of the highest-paid child stars of the era. The children were still in Ryan O'Neal's custody, and despite treatment Moore continued to abuse drugs and alcohol. As a result, she was arrested five times for DUI during the 1980s.

Hearing loss

In the early 1960s, Moore became deaf as a result of otosclerosis, which her doctor said resulted from a deposit of calcium in her middle ear. Moore said that she had to read lips to understand what people were saying. An operation restored her hearing.


In 1996, Moore, a longtime smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. On November 22, 1997, she died from the disease at age 63. Her daughter, Tatum O'Neal, was by her side at the time of her death. Moore was initially interred at Hillside Memorial Park in Redlands, California, but her family later moved her remains to Oak Grove Cemetery in her home town of Americus, Georgia.


Run Chrissie Run! as
Cricket Coach
Scout's Honor (TV Movie) as
Ms. Odom
Petrocelli (TV Series) as
Kay Willis
- The Pay Off (1976) - Kay Willis
The Blue Knight (TV Series) as
- The Pink Dragon (1976) - Molly
The Hindenburg as
Mrs. Channing
Bronk (TV Series) as
- Pilot (1975) - Shirley
Kung Fu (TV Series) as
Lula Morgan
- The Brothers Caine (1975) - Lula Morgan
The Waltons (TV Series) as
Laura Sue Champion
- The Departure (1974) - Laura Sue Champion
Police Story (TV Series) as
Lisa Roberts
- Explosion (1974) - Lisa Roberts
J.C. as
Miriam Wages
The Most Deadly Game (TV Series) as
Paula Winton
- Nightbirds (1970) - Paula Winton
McCloud (TV Series) as
Donna Roberts
- The Concrete Corral (1970) - Donna Roberts
The Name of the Game (TV Series) as
Emily Dorsey
- A Love to Remember (1970) - Emily Dorsey
Three Coins in the Fountain (TV Movie) as
The Governor & J.J. (TV Series) as
Cynthia Lockwood
- Bye, George (1970) - Cynthia Lockwood
Nanny and the Professor (TV Series) as
Dr. Alice Miller
- The Wiblet Will Get You If You Don't Watch Out (1970) - Dr. Alice Miller
The F.B.I. (TV Series) as
Irene Galloway / Paula Gilbert / June Elliott
- The Prey (1969) - Irene Galloway
- The Tunnel (1968) - Paula Gilbert
- The Gold Card (1967) - June Elliott
The High Chaparral (TV Series) as
Charly Converse
- Lady Fair (1969) - Charly Converse
Judd for the Defense (TV Series) as
Barbara Townsend
- Visitation (1969) - Barbara Townsend
Never a Dull Moment as
Melanie Smooth
Iron Horse (TV Series) as
Maggie Briggs
- Wild Track (1967) - Maggie Briggs
The Virginian (TV Series) as
Carol Fisk / Ellen Lawrence / Jane Dent / ...
- To Bear Witness (1967) - Carol Fisk
- A Father for Toby (1964) - Ellen Lawrence
- No Tears for Savannah (1963) - Jane Dent
- The Money Cage (1963) - Jenny
Cowboy in Africa (TV Series) as
Peggy Fisher
- Kifaru! Kifaru! (1967) - Peggy Fisher
Countdown as
Mickey Stegler
Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) as
Marge Cameron
- Heaven Help Us (1967) - Marge Cameron
Bewitched (TV Series) as
Daphne Harper
- Charlie Harper, Winner (1967) - Daphne Harper
T.H.E. Cat (TV Series) as
Valerie Evans
- Design for Death (1967) - Valerie Evans
The Felony Squad (TV Series) as
Betty Reilly
- Miss Reilly's Revenge (1966) - Betty Reilly
The Fugitive (TV Series) as
Nurse Ruth Bianchi / Joan Mitchell / Helen Simmons
- Nobody Loses All the Time (1966) - Nurse Ruth Bianchi
- Crack in a Crystal Ball (1965) - Joan Mitchell
- Never Stop Running (1964) - Helen Simmons
Run for Your Life (TV Series) as
Kay Mills
- The Man Who Had No Enemies (1966) - Kay Mills
Nevada Smith as
Angie Coe (uncredited)
Daniel Boone (TV Series) as
Lacey Lowe
- The Accused (1966) - Lacey Lowe
Peyton Place (TV Series) as
- Episode #2.64 (1966) - Karen
The Wild Wild West (TV Series) as
Linda Medford
- The Night of the Fatal Trap (1965) - Linda Medford
My Three Sons (TV Series) as
Helen Saunders
- Charley and the Dancing Lesson (1965) - Helen Saunders
Gunsmoke (TV Series) as
Honey Dare / Cherry / Colleen
- Honey Pot (1965) - Honey Dare
- Cherry Red (1960) - Cherry
- Colleen So Green (1960) - Colleen
The Rogues (TV Series) as
Annabelle MacBride
- The Bartered MacBride (1965) - Annabelle MacBride
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) as
Fran Parsons
- The Deadly Decoy Affair (1965) - Fran Parsons
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) as
Madeleine / Danielle
- Crimson Witness (1965) - Madeleine
- Who Needs an Enemy? (1964) - Danielle
The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series) as
Denny Greenleaf
- There Are No Problems, Only Opportunities (1964) - Denny Greenleaf
Wagon Train (TV Series) as
Lucinda Carter / Mary Claiborne
- The Duncan McIvor Story (1964) - Lucinda Carter
- The Jean LeBec Story (1957) - Mary Claiborne (as Joanne Moore)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series) as
- The Square Peg (1964) - Mabel
The Lieutenant (TV Series) as
Julie Havener
- Interlude (1964) - Julie Havener
The Man from Galveston as
Rita Dillard
Perry Mason (TV Series) as
Grace Olney / Patricia Taylor
- The Case of the Reluctant Model (1963) - Grace Olney
- The Case of the Terrified Typist (1958) - Patricia Taylor
Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series) as
Hilary Snow
- Talk to My Partner (1963) - Hilary Snow
Alcoa Premiere (TV Series) as
Zelda / Elaine Briscoe
- Jenny Ray (1963) - Zelda
- Pattern of Guilt (1962) - Elaine Briscoe
The Dakotas (TV Series) as
- Justice at Eagle's Nest (1963) - Doll
Hawaiian Eye (TV Series) as
Janet Coleman / Peggy McLane
- Go for Baroque (1963) - Janet Coleman
- Cloud Over Koala (1959) - Peggy McLane
Going My Way (TV Series) as
- Don't Forget to Say Goodbye (1963) - Gerry
Son of Flubber as
Desiree de la Roche
Ripcord (TV Series) as
Jill Kelly
- Chute to Kill (1962) - Jill Kelly
Empire (TV Series) as
Althea Dodd
- Green, Green Hills (1962) - Althea Dodd
The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) as
Peggy 'Peg' McMillan
- Opie's Rival (1962) - Peggy 'Peg' McMillan
- Barney Mends a Broken Heart (1962) - Peggy 'Peg' McMillan
- Andy and Opie - Bachelors (1962) - Peggy 'Peg' McMillan
- Andy's Rich Girlfriend (1962) - Peggy 'Peg' McMillan
77 Sunset Strip (TV Series) as
Justine Davis
- The Gemmologist Caper (1962) - Justine Davis
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) as
Louise Towers / Cindy Rainey / Virgilia Pond / ...
- Most Likely to Succeed (1962) - Louise Towers
- No Pain (1959) - Cindy Rainey
- Invitation to an Accident (1959) - Virgilia Pond
- Post Mortem (1958) - Judy Archer
Route 66 (TV Series) as
Lola / Trinket
- There I Am - There I Always Am (1962) - Lola
- A Skill for Hunting (1961) - Trinket
Follow That Dream as
Alisha Claypoole
Walk on the Wild Side as
Miss Precious
The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) as
Jeanne Lauring
- Squadron (1962) - Jeanne Lauring
Follow the Sun (TV Series) as
- The Far End of Nowhere (1961) - Constance
The United States Steel Hour (TV Series) as
Linda Dinwiddie / Mary Potter
- My Wife's Best Friend (1961) - Linda Dinwiddie
- Be My Guest (1958) - Mary Potter
The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) as
Amanda Barnes
- A Matter of a Million (1961) - Amanda Barnes
The Untouchables (TV Series) as
- The Nero Rankin Story (1961) - Althea
Hong Kong (TV Series) as
Carol Pryor
- Blind Bargain (1960) - Carol Pryor
- Blind Justice (1960) - Carol Pryor
The Rebel (TV Series) as
Barbara Dyer
- Lady of Quality (1960) - Barbara Dyer
Adventures in Paradise (TV Series) as
- The Siege of Troy (1960) - Ricky
Five Fingers (TV Series) as
Georgia Stevens
- A Shot in the Dark (1960) - Georgia Stevens
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series) as
Arlene Howell
- The Easterner (1960) - Arlene Howell
Riverboat (TV Series) as
Kitty McGuire
- The Face of Courage (1959) - Kitty McGuire
The Millionaire (TV Series) as
Peggy Carlisle / Doris
- Millionaire Jackson Greene (1959) - Peggy Carlisle
- The Doris Winslow Story (1958) - Doris
Bat Masterson (TV Series) as
Sharon Stabler
- Who'll Bury My Violence? (1959) - Sharon Stabler
Maverick (TV Series) as
- The Lass with the Poisonous Air (1959) - Linda
The Last Angry Man as
Alice Taggart
The Rifleman (TV Series) as
Eleanor Claremont
- Obituary (1959) - Eleanor Claremont
Bourbon Street Beat (TV Series) as
Karen Delastone
- The Taste of Ashes (1959) - Karen Delastone
The Real McCoys (TV Series) as
- Kate's Former Sweetheart (1959)
- The Farmer Took a Wife (1959) - Lori
The Rough Riders (TV Series) as
Faye Scarlett
- Reluctant Hostage (1959) - Faye Scarlett
Monster on the Campus as
Madeline Howard
Ride a Crooked Trail as
Little Brandy
Bachelor Father (TV Series) as
Diane Webster
- Parent's Night (1958) - Diane Webster
Kraft Theatre (TV Series) as
Paula Carter
- Death for Sale (1958) - Paula Carter
Suspicion (TV Series)
- The Imposter (1958)
Touch of Evil as
Marcia Linnekar
Studio One (TV Series) as
- The Award Winner (1958) - June
Flood Tide as
Barbara Brooks
Slim Carter as
Charlene Carroll
Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) as
Alice Bowles
- Lost and Found (1957) - Alice Bowles
Appointment with a Shadow as
Penny Spencer
Lux Video Theatre (TV Series) as
- Jezebel (1956) - Stephanie
CBS News Sunday Morning (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- 09-19-2021 (2021) - (performer: "Down in the Valley")
The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Opie's Rival (1962) - (performer: "Cindy")
- Andy and Opie - Bachelors (1962) - (performer: "Down in the Valley")
Gunsmoke (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cherry Red (1960) - ("Gwine to Run All Night (De Camptown Races)", uncredited)
Archive Footage
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (Documentary) as
Marcia Linnekar (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (uncredited)
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue (Video short) as
Desiree de la Roche
The Magical World of Disney (TV Series) as
Desiree de la Roche / Melanie Smooth
- Son of Flubber (1980) - Desiree de la Roche
- Never a Dull Moment (1979) - Melanie Smooth
Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series) as
Elaine Briscoe
- Pattern of Guilt (1963) - Elaine Briscoe


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