Joan McCracken (1917–1961)

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Joan McCracken was born on December 31, 1917 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Good News (1947), Claudia: The Story of a Marriage (1952) and Hollywood Canteen (1944). She was married to Bob Fosse and Jack Dunphy. She died on November 1, 1961 in New York City, New York, USA. See full bio »

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Good News Babe Doolittle
Claudia: The Story of a Marriage Claudia Naughton (1952)
Hollywood Canteen Joan McCracken
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 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Joan McCracken - First Nighter (uncredited)
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- White Night (1953)
 1952 Claudia: The Story of a Marriage (TV Series)
Claudia Naughton (1952)
 1948 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
- Night Club (1948)
 1948 Great Catherine (TV Movie)
 1947 Good News
Babe Doolittle
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Joan McCracken
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 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary) (performer: "Pass That Peace Pipe" (1947) - uncredited)
 1947 Good News (performer: "Good News", "Tait Song", "Lucky in Love", "Pass That Peace Pipe" - uncredited)
 1944 Hollywood Canteen (performer: "Ballet in Jive" (1944) - uncredited)
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 1953 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Series)
- John McCracken (1953) ... Herself
 1953 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #6.46 (1953) ... Herself
 1951 Wonderful Town, U.S.A. (TV Series)
 1951 Showtime, U.S.A. (TV Series)
- Episode #1.23 (1951) ... Herself
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 1994 That's Entertainment! III (Documentary)
Performer in Clip from 'Good News' (uncredited)

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Other Works:

Billion Dollar Baby (1945). Musical comedy. Music by Morton Gould. Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Musical Director: Max Goberman. Additional orchestrations: Philip J. Lang [earliest Broadway credit] and Allan Small. Music orchestrated by Morton Gould. Scenic Design by Oliver ... See more »

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1 Print Biography | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »


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Her first husband was novelist/playwright John Paul ("Jack") Dunphy (1914-1992). They met while both were dancers in Philadelphia. Jack's books include John Fury, Nightmovers and The Murderous McLaughlins. Divorced in 1951, he later became the longtime partner of Truman Capote. In a biography of Joan entitled The Girl Who Fell Down by Lisa Jo Sagolla, it is said McCracken violently reacted to ... See more »


Extremely expressive while dancing. Her ability to "act" a dance part garnered attention from the moment she started performing ballet at the age of eleven and propelled her to stardom from the anonymous ranks of the chorus dancers on the opening night of Oklahoma in 1943.

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