Joan Van Ark Fast Facts:
Married her high-school sweetheart, veteran newscaster John Marshall, in 1968.
- Based on advice from actress Julie Harris, whom she interviewed for her school paper, applied to Yale School of Drama straight out of high school. Harris would later play her mother in Knots Landing.
- Has done voice-over work for various cartoons, including Spider-Woman and Thundarr the Barbarian.
- Avid runner who competed in the 1979 Boston marathon; ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 2011 to raise money for Japan.
- Active in a number of charities, including the Los Angeles Mission, who provide hope to homeless men and women; and the Children's Diabetes Foundation.
- Joan Van Ark Relationships:
- Dexter Van Ark - Brother
- Carroll Van Ark - Father
- Vanessa Marshall - Daughter
- John Marshall - Husband
- Mark Van Ark - Brother
- Carol Kuykendall - Sister
- Dorothy Jean - Mother
- Joan Van Ark Awards:
- 1971 Tony: Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic) - Nominee
- Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (1964)