| Joyce Coad|
| April 14, 1917 (1917-04-14) Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.|
May 3, 1987, March Air Reserve Base, California, United States
The Scarlet Letter, The Magic Garden, Devotion, One Woman to Another
Victor Sjostrom, Robert Milton, Frank Tuttle, James Leo Meehan
Joyce Coad Wikipedia
Joyce Coad (April 14, 1917 – May 3, 1987) was a child actress in motion pictures.
Coad was the survivor of triplets whose parents died shortly after she was born. She was adopted by a childless couple and taken to Los Angeles, California. By the age of five she became a reader of children's stories on radio KHJ-AM in Los Angeles with the Beacon Light Company. It was commented that Coad's genius was first observed when she began to commit to memory songs, speeches, and music she heard over the radio.
Coad's good fortune was moving to Los Angeles at the same time that Metro Goldwyn Mayer was searching for a million dollar baby. She won a contest conducted by a local newspaper and was brought to Hollywood to play the leading role in Hearts In Dixie. She was selected from among one thousand youngsters to play a part in The Devil's Circus (1926). Directed by J. Leo Meehan, Coad played the role of Little Anita.
She performed the role of Pearl in The Scarlet Letter (1926), a film which featured Lillian Gish. Louis B. Mayer chose Victor Seastrom to direct the movie. He proved a fine choice because of his attentiveness to characterization. Drums of Love (1928), directed by D.W. Griffith, is set in the middle of the nineteenth century in South America. Coad appeared in the role of the little sister in a screen production which starred Lionel Barrymore, Don Alvarado, and Tully Marshall.
The number of her film appearances declined after 1931. She played the role of Elsa The German Milkmaid in Captured! (1933). In June 1937 Coad was cast in The Deerslayer, which was being filmed by Standard Pictures. She was twenty years old.
Joyce Coad died at March Air Force Base, Riverside County, California in 1987, aged 70, from undisclosed causes.