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Joan Van Ark Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States

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